Public Flu Clinics in Full Swing

October 19, 2006

The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (formerly Community Nursing Center) is moving forward with a full slate of public and corporate flu clinics. The non profit flu clinic provider plans to hold approximately two dozen public and 100 corporate flu clinics over the next few months, so long as vaccine supply holds steady.   
      
Though last year’s flu season was mild, health officials are unable to forecast the severity of the upcoming flu season, and therefore encourage all eligible residents to obtain a flu shot. This is especially true for people 50 and over, children six to 59 months of age, and those with a greater risk of complications from the flu including pregnant women, and people of any age with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes. 
     
Medicare, Excellus and Preferred Care managed care products cover the cost of receiving a flu shot; insurance ID cards are necessary for proof of insurance. Otherwise, there is a $30 fee for the vaccine. Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship clinics are for people nine years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A list of all public clinics, along with detailed information on the flu, can be obtained at http://www.rochesterflu.org/, or by calling 275-0636.

REMAINING SON COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS
DATE                       TIME                      LOCATION
October 19             9 am – 6 pm             Italian American Community Center – 150 Frank DeMino  Way,  Gates (off Manitou Road)


October 20            9 am – 6 pm             Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport

October 22            9 am – 4 pm             Laurelton Fire Dept. – 405 Empire Blvd., Irondequoit

October 24            9 am – 6 pm             Dome Center – Minet Hall, 2695 East Henrietta Road

October 25            11 am – 7 pm            Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack – 5857 Route 96, Canandaigua

October 26            9 am – 6 pm            Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport

November 4         9 am – 4 pm             West Webster Fire Dept. – 1051 Gravel Road, Webster

November 7         7 am – 9 am                Burger Middle School, 639 Erie Station Road, West  Henrietta
                               10 am – 1 pm             Roth Middle School, 4000 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta
                                2 pm – 6 pm 1799    Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta

November 8         11 am – 3 pm             Pittsford Town Court, 3750 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford

November 11        9 am – 4 pm             Ridge Culver Fire Dept. – 2960 Culver Road, Irondequoit

November 12        9 am – 4 pm           Chili Fire Department – 3308 North Union Street, Chili

November 19        9 am – 4 pm Gates Fire Department – 2355 Chili Avenue, Gates

Background on Influenza
      The flu, or influenza, is a respiratory illness that is easily spread from person to person. Symptoms include: fever, sore throat, muscle ache, chills and headache. Peak influenza activity usually occurs from late December through March. Each year, approximately 36,000 people die from flu or its complications and about 226,000 hospitalizations occur. A new flu shot is developed each year based upon the strains of flu expected to be circulating. In addition to getting a flu shot, health officials stress other preventive measures such as thorough and frequent hand washing and staying home if ill with respiratory symptoms, to prevent exposing others.

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