No Sign of Flu in Monroe County Yet; Still Time to Get Flu Shot

December 13, 2005

The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Community Nursing Center (CNC) added three additional public flu clinics to its schedule this week, making the flu shot readily available for area residents.  According to the Monroe County Health Department, there has been no flu activity in the county yet, giving the vaccine time to build up a person’s immunity before influenza is prevalent in the region.  It takes between seven to 10 days after a flu shot is given to become effective.  

"Even though flu has yet to make its way to our region, it will come. The best way to protect yourself is by getting a flu shot," John Ricci, spokesman for the Health Department, said.

Medicare and 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. CNC clinics are for people nine years and older. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  A list of clinics, along with detailed information on the flu, can be obtained at http://www.rochesterflu.org/, or by calling 275-0636.

DATE             

TIME  

            LOCATION

Wednesday, December 14

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Irondequoit Fire Department - Ridge Culver Station, 2060 Culver Rd.

Wednesday, December 14

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Irondequoit Fire Department - Laurelton Station, 405 Empire Blvd.

Thursday, December 15

12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Penfield Recreation Center - 1985 Baird Road

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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