Public Flu Clinics in Full Swing
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (formerly Community Nursing Center) is moving forward with a full slate of public and corporate flu clinics. The non profit flu clinic provider plans to hold approximately two dozen public and 100 corporate flu clinics over the next few months, so long as vaccine supply holds steady. Though last year’s flu season was mild, health officials are unable to forecast the severity of the upcoming flu season, and therefore encourage all eligible residents to obtain a flu shot. This is especially true for people 50 and over, children six to 59 months of age, and those with a greater risk of complications from the flu including pregnant women, and people of any age with certain medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.
Medicare, 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. Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship clinics are for people nine years 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 http://www.rochesterflu.org/, or by calling 275-0636.
REMAINING SON COMMUNITY FLU CLINICS
DATE TIME LOCATIONOctober 19 9 am – 6 pm Italian American Community Center – 150 Frank DeMino Way, Gates (off Manitou Road)
October 20 9 am – 6 pm Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport
October 22 9 am – 4 pm Laurelton Fire Dept. – 405 Empire Blvd., Irondequoit
October 24 9 am – 6 pm Dome Center – Minet Hall, 2695 East Henrietta Road
October 25 11 am – 7 pm Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack – 5857 Route 96, Canandaigua
October 26 9 am – 6 pm Perinton Community Center – 1350 Turk Hill Road, Fairport
November 4 9 am – 4 pm West Webster Fire Dept. – 1051 Gravel Road, Webster
November 7 7 am – 9 am Burger Middle School, 639 Erie Station Road, West Henrietta
10 am – 1 pm Roth Middle School, 4000 East Henrietta Road, Henrietta 2 pm – 6 pm 1799 Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta
November 8 11 am – 3 pm Pittsford Town Court, 3750 Monroe Avenue, Pittsford
November 11 9 am – 4 pm Ridge Culver Fire Dept. – 2960 Culver Road, Irondequoit
November 12 9 am – 4 pm Chili Fire Department – 3308 North Union Street, Chili
November 19 9 am – 4 pm Gates Fire Department – 2355 Chili Avenue, Gates
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 about 226,000 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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