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Flu shot clinics

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Cedar Rapids-It's the first full day of fall and time to start thinking about flu season. St. Luke's Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Association have planned flu shot clinics next week and in the weeks beyond -- to help people get vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) every year in the United States, on average:

  • 5% to 20% of the population get the flu;
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, including 20,000 children; and
  • About 36,000 people die from the flu.

Annual vaccination is important for people at high risk of having serious flu-related complications, or people who live with or care for high risk individuals.

People who should get vaccinated each year are:

  • People at high risk for complications from the flu, including:
    • Children six months through 18 years of age,
    • Pregnant women,
    • People 50 and older
    • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, and
    • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk (see above)
    • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than six months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated), and
    • Healthcare workers.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. October through December is the best time to get vaccinated. Flu season usually peaks in January or later. Flu symptoms include a sudden onset of high fever, chills, a dry cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat and muscle and joint pain.

Flu shots are available to individuals ages 14 and up. Those under 14 should seek the flu vaccine from their doctor.

Flu shot cost is $25. Age 65 and older will billed to Medicare Part B (bring all insurance cards to clinic). Have questions or concerns?  Be sure to consult with your physician or call 319/369-8844.

  

All dates are subject to change on any mandates received from CDC regarding administration of influenza vaccine and availability. For updates and a complete listing, check St. Luke's Hospital's website at www.stlukescr.org.

  

  

2008 flu vaccination schedule

 

Date:

Place:

Time:

10-1-08

Westdale Mall

9-3

10-3-08

Lindale Mall

9-3

10-7-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

9-1

10-8-08

Witwer Senior Center, Peoples Church 600 3rd Ave SE

10-11:30

10-14-08

Westdale Mall

9-3

10-14-08

Ely Senior Dinning,1606 State St, Ely

10-12

10-15-08

Lisbon Senior Center, 106 S Washington, Lisbon

9-11:30

10-15-08

VNA Office,1201 3rd Ave SE

1-4

10-17-08

Lindale Mall

9-3

10-18-08

Troy Mills, Oddfellows Hall, Troy Mills

9-12

10-22-08

Central City Falcon Center, 137 4th St N, Central City

9-12

10-23-08

St Marks, 4700 Johnson Ave NW

10-12

10-23-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

1-4

10-24-08

Springville Senior Center, 165 Broadway St, Springville

10-12

10-28-08

Lindale Mall

9-3

10-29-08

Westdale

9-3

11-3-08

Senior Expo, Marriott Hotel

8-4

11-5-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

9-1

11-7-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

9-1

11-11-08

Wesdale Mall

9-3

11-14-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

9-1

11-19-08

VNA Office, 1201 3rd Ave SE

9-1

  

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Corizzo, St. Luke's Hospital, 319/369-8372 or 319/560-1285.

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