CNC to Hold Four Additional Public Flu Clinics
Thursday, December 01, 2005
With all shipments of its ordered vaccine in hand, the University of Rochester’s School of Nursing’s Community Nursing Center (CNC) plans to hold four additional clinics over the next two weeks. 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.
“Typically, flu does not usually peak in our area until January or February, so getting a flu shot in December, or even January, is still important,” 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.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Perinton Recreation Center, 1350 Turk Hill Rd.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Rd.
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hegedorn’s, 964 Ridge Rd., 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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