School of Nursing to Launch Flu Clinic Program Oct. 1

Community Clinics Help Make Flu Shots Accessible to Citizens

September 23, 2008

The University of Rochester School of Nursing will launch its flu vaccine program 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Dome Center, 2695 East Henrietta Road.

Staff at Health Checkpoint, a program of the School’s Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship, anticipates ample supplies of flu vaccine to cover more than 50 public clinics scheduled for October and November.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that only a fraction of Americans who should get a flu vaccine are actually being immunized. While health officials are unable to forecast the severity of the upcoming flu season, all eligible residents are encouraged to get flu shots. This is especially true for people age 50 and over, children 6 months to 59 months of age and those with a greater risk of complications from the flu, including pregnant women and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

Medicare and most Excellus and Preferred Care plans 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. Health Checkpoint clinics are open to people age nine 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 www.rochesterflu.org, or by calling (585) 275-0636.

OCTOBER PUBLIC FLU CLINICS
Wed., Oct. 1 9am-1pm Dome Center 2695 E. Henrietta Rd.
Fri., Oct. 3 9am-6pm Greece Town Hall 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., off Long Pond
Sat., Oct. 4 9am-1pm Victor Fire Hall 34 Maple St. (Rte. 444)
Mon., Oct. 6 9pm-1pm Webster Senior Center 985 Ebner Dr.
Tues., Oct. 7 9am-1pm Hegedorn's 964 Ridge Rd., Webster
Tues., Oct. 7 4-7pm Herrema’s Food Market 125 Pattenwood Dr., Irondequoit
Wed., Oct. 8 9am-4pm Irondequoit Senior Center 154 Pinegrove Ave., off St. Paul
Thurs., Oct. 9 9am-4pm Perinton Community Center 1350 Turk Hill Rd.
Fri., Oct. 10 9am-4pm Greece Town Hall 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., off Long Pond
Sun., Oct. 12 9am-1pm Brighton Fire Department 3100 East Ave.
Sun., Oct. 12 9am-1pm Ridge-Culver Fire Department 2960 Culver Rd., Irondequoit
Tues., Oct. 14 8am-noon Eastside YMCA 1835 Fairport 9 Mile Pt Rd., Perinton
Wed., Oct. 15 9am-1pm Italian American Comm. Center 150 Frank Dimino Way
Wed., Oct. 15 9am-1pm Penfield Recreation Center 1985 Baird Rd.
Wed., Oct. 15 3-6pm Finger Lakes Racetrack Rte. 96, Farmington
Thurs., Oct. 16 10am-4pm Alesi Health Fair/Dome Center 2695 East Henrietta Rd.
Sat., Oct. 18 9am-1pm Pittsford Fire Hall 8 Monroe Ave., Station #1
Sun., Oct. 19 9am-1pm Chili Fire Department 3231 Chili Ave., Company #1
Sun., Oct. 19 10am-2pm Herrema’s Food Market 125 Pattenwood Dr., Irondequoit
Fri., Oct. 24 9am-1pm Perinton Community Center 1350 Turk Hill Rd.
Fri., Oct. 24 12:30-4:30pm Gates Senior Center 1650 Buffalo Rd.
Sat., Oct. 25 9am-1pm Brighton Fire Department 3100 East Ave.
Sat., Oct. 25 9am-1pm Ridge Road Fire Department 1299 Long Pond Rd.
Sun., Oct. 26 9am-1pm Gates Fire District 2215 Long Pond Rd., Station #2
Sun., Oct. 26 9am-1pm Laurelton Fire Department 405 Empire Blvd., Irondequoit
Mon., Oct. 27 9am-1pm Dome Center 2695 East Henrietta Rd.
Tues., Oct. 28 9am-1pm Hegedorn’s 964 Ridge Rd., Webster
Thurs., Oct. 30 9am-2pm Irondequoit Senior Center 154 Pinegrove Ave.
Thurs., Oct. 30 1-5pm Pittsford Fire Hall 8 Monroe Ave., Station #1
Fri., Oct. 31 9am-2pm Greece Town Hall 1 Vince Tofany Blvd., Greece

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 more than 200,000 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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