Flu Vaccines Open to All Residents October 1

September 25, 2003

For the first time in three years, all residents of Monroe County have the ability to obtain a flu shot beginning October 1.  According to Rachel Gressel, director of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Community Nursing Center’s flu clinic program, this winter’s version of the vaccine will be available on time and in sufficient quantities to make it possible to offer flu vaccinations to all residents, without consideration to age or health issues. 

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 encouraged to get the vaccine early. In addition, health care workers, people with weakened immune systems and women who are more than three months pregnant are also at higher risk, and should obtain a flu shot.  

The Community Nursing Center has more than 20 public clinics scheduled at various locations throughout the next three months including town halls, malls and community centers.  A complete list of clinics, along with detailed information on the flu, can be obtained at www.rochesterflu.com, or by calling 273-3621. Medicare and most HMOs cover the cost of receiving a flu shot; insurance ID cards are necessary for proof of insurance.  Otherwise, there is a $20 fee for the vaccine.  Below are Community Nursing Center flu clinics scheduled for the next two weeks. 

DATE            

TIME 

            LOCATION

October 2       

10 am - 4 pm

Jim Alesi Health Fair at Dome Center, Henrietta

October 7

9 am - 3 pm

Greece Town Hall, off Long Pond Road north of Latta Rd., Greece

October 9       

10 am- 4 pm

Webster Senior Center, 985 Ebner Dr.

October 10, 11           

10 am – 6 pm

The Mall at Greece Ridge Center, the BonTon hallway

October 14     

10 am - 6 pm

Pinegrove Senior Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave., Irondequoit

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. Approximately 36,000 people die from flu or its complications each year in the United States.

A new flu shot is developed each year based upon the strains of flu expected to be circulating. Unlike many vaccinations, flu shots must be administered each year.   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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