Community Nursing Center Begins Flu Clinics Oct. 6
Monday, October 03, 2005
Representatives from the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Community Nursing Center (CNC) will be on hand at the Family Health Fitness Fairto vaccinate those considered to be high-risk for influenza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, at Minnett Hall at Dome Center, Henrietta. Criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (see below) will be used to determine eligibility.
According to the Monroe County Public Health Department, it appears that there should be an adequate supply of flu vaccine this year, however final approvals by the FDA will determine the exact quantity of flu vaccine that will be available in the United States this year.
CNC plans to hold about a half dozen community flu clinics throughout the next two months. A complete list of clinics, along with detailed information on the flu, can be obtained at http://www.rochesterflu.org/, or by calling 275-0636. 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, and who meet the criteria below. hildren under 18 must be accompanies by a parent or legal guardian. After Oct. 24, flu shots will be available to the general public.
Criteria to Receive Flu Shots at a CNC Clinic through Oct. 24:
- persons 65 and older
- persons in long-term care facilities
- persons 9-64 with chronic illness such as heart or lung disease
- pregnant women
- health-care workers
- household contacts & out-of-home caregivers of children less than six months old
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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