SOURCE: Sutter VNA & Hospice

September 17, 2007 12:30 ET

Sutter VNA & Hospice Set to Launch Northern California Public Flu Shot Clinics, First Clinic Kicks Off September 29th in Marin County

Advises the Public, Especially High-Risk Groups, to Get Flu Vaccine for Single Best Prevention and Offers Other Flu Avoidance Tips

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2007) - Sutter VNA & Hospice, the not-for-profit organization providing home health and end-of-life care, has received its shipment of flu vaccines and nurses are geared up to meet this year's flu season head on. Sutter VNA & Hospice, celebrating 101 years of service, has 200-plus public flu shot clinics scheduled throughout Northern California between September 29 and December 12. To find a nearby flu shot clinic, call 1-800-500-2400 or click here: www.suttervna.org.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), on average 5 to 20% of the American population gets the flu each year; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications; and 36,000 people die from the disease. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination in the fall, with October and November being the ideal months; it takes two weeks for immunity to kick in.

The CDC also reports that adults with asthma are at high risk of developing complications from the flu, yet only one-fifth of this group ever gets a flu shot. Flu in both asthmatic adults and children can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory disease. Other groups at highest risk from complications of the flu that should receive a shot include:

--  persons 50 years and older
--  residents of nursing homes and other long term care facilities
--  those with lung or heart disease
--  those with diabetes, kidney disease or weakened immune systems
--  pregnant women
--  health care workers
--  those who are in close contact with persons at high risk from the flu.
    

The flu is a serious and dangerous illness. A new flu shot is needed each year because the immunity wears off and the vaccine changes based on newly identified strains of flu virus. In addition to getting the vaccine, wash hands well and try sneezing into your armpit instead of your hands or a tissue to prevent germs from spreading. If you get the flu, stay home, don't go out and spread it to others. For more tips on avoiding the flu visit www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm.

While prices for flu vaccines have gone up this year, the fee for the Sutter VNA & Hospice flu vaccine remains at $25 each. Pneumonia shots are also available for $35 each. Shots will be administered to adults, children ages 9-13 (with a doctor's note/prescription) and ages 13-18 (with parental permission). And there is no charge for flu and pneumonia vaccines with proof of Medicare Part B (red/white/blue card).

LOCAL FLU CLINICS FOR THE PUBLIC

To find a nearby flu shot clinic:

--  Call 1-800-500-2400 and enter your zip code
--  Click here: www.suttervna.org
    

*Flu clinics provide excellent photo opportunities.

ABOUT SUTTER VNA & HOSPICE

Sutter VNA & Hospice is a not-for-profit, community-based organization specializing in home health and end-of-life care. Proceeds from flu and/or pneumonia shots help support local home care and hospice care, making sure that these services are available to all who need them, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, go to: www.suttervna.org.

Contact Information

  • MEDIA CONTACT:
    Shelly Gordon
    Sutter VNA & Hospice
    (650) 856-1607
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