January Isn’t Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

January 09, 2006

With flu just starting to filter throughout the Rochester community, residents still have time to get a flu shot.  The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Community Nursing Center will hold four public flu clinics throughout the area this Tuesday and Wednesday (see below for details).  These will be the last public clinics held by the CNC this flu season.

"Even though flu is here, we are still at the front-end of the season,” said John Ricci, spokesman for the Monroe County Health Department. “As it only takes between seven to 10 days after a flu shot is given to become effective, there still is time for the flu shot to be the best defense against acquiring the flu this season.”

Medicare and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 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 9 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 (585) 275-0636.

DATE             

TIME  

            LOCATION

Tuesday, January 10

8 – 11:30 a.m.

Irondequoit Fire Department - Ridge Culver Station, 2060 Culver Road

Tuesday, January 10

2 – 5 p.m.

Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Road

Wednesday,
January 11

8 – 11:30 a.m.

Brighton Recreation Center, Brookside School, 220 Idlewood Road 

Wednesday, January 11

1 – 5 p.m.

Perinton Recreation Center, 1350 Turk Hill 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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