Shoo the Flu, Before It Gets You!

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October 7, 2010

The winter influenza (flu) season is right around the corner and Kenmore Mercy Hospital, in conjunction with the University of Buffalo, School of Pharmacy’s Lambda Kappa Sigma Professional Pharmacy Fraternity, is hosting a Flu Education & Vaccination Clinic on Friday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital’s Mural Room. The cost of the vaccine is $30 and covered by most major insurance plans.

The flu season generally runs from November to April. Flu shots are recommended for all people; however, those most at risk include:

  • adults over 65 years of age
  • anyone with long-term health conditions
  • anyone with a weakened immune system
  • women who will become pregnant during influenza season
  • anyone on long-term aspirin treatment
  • family members and out-of-home caregivers of infants less than six months of age

The Catholic Health Flu Vaccine program is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.

Frank Heinrich, pharmacy supervisor injects an associate with the flu vaccine. “This is a simple and convenient way to protect yourself against the flu and a great opportunity to learn everyday prevention actions to stop the spread of germs,” said Frank Heinrich, pharmacy supervisor at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Because influenza viruses can change often, flu vaccines are updated each year to be as effective as possible. The Center for Disease Controls recommends the vaccine each year for maximum protection. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three most common flu viruses.

The flu vaccines will be administered by appointment by pharmacists from Family Medical Pharmacy Inc. The clinic will also offer blood pressure and glucose screenings, as well as pharmacy consultations.

To make an appointment, call Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112.