Public Flu Clinics Continue to Roll

November 10, 2006

The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (formerly Community Nursing Center) is continuing 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 this season.

With an adequate supply in Rochester this year, people of all ages are encouraged to get a flu shot. In addition, people 50 and over, and those with a greater risk of complications from the flu from such chronic conditions as heart or lung disease, diabetes, or asthma are urged to get the vaccine.

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

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

Nov. 12:     9 am – 4 pm, Chili Fire Department – 3308 North Union Street, Chili

Nov. 13:     9 am – 2 pm,  Greece Town Hall.  1 Vince Tofany Blvd off of Long Pond, Greece

Nov. 16:     8 am – 4 pm,  Eastside YMCA.  1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield

Nov. 18:     9 am – 3 pm,  Perinton Recreation Center.  1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport

Nov. 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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