Community Nursing Center Begins Flu Clinics Oct. 4

September 29, 2004

 Despite delays in production, health officials remain optimistic that there will be enough supply of the influenza vaccine to meet demand here in Rochester this year. 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 in sufficient quantities to service the 20 community flu clinics her group will hold over the next two months.

As always, health officials are unable to forecast the severity of the flu season in any given year, and therefore encourage all eligible residents to obtain a flu shot. 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 pregnant women are also at higher risk, and should obtain a flu shot.  

The Community Nursing Center has 20 community flu clinics scheduled at various locations throughout the next three months including town halls, malls and community centers.  For the first time, the group will be offering flu shots to children nine through 17, as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A complete list of clinics, along with detailed information about 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 vaccination.  Below are Community Nursing Center flu clinics scheduled for the next two weeks. 

DATE             

TIME 

            LOCATION

October 4

9 am - 3 pm

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

October 7        

10 am - 4 pm

Jim Alesi Health Fair, Minnett Hall at Dome Center, Henrietta

October 9        

10 am- 4 pm

Eastview Mall, in the Bon-Ton court in mall

October 12       

9 am - 3 pm

Pinegrove Senior Center, 154 Pinegrove Ave., off St. Paul St. in Irondequoit

October 14

10 am – 4 pm

Webster Senior Center, 985 Ebner Dr., off Ridge Road in Webster

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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