Media Release

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
For Immediate Release
Communications

Contact: Margaret Kurtz
Telephone: 229-6993

 

Flu And Pneumonia Shot Clinics At City of Las Vegas Senior Centers
Residents Invited To Get Their Vaccinations In October/November Clinics

 

Qualified staff of the Southern Nevada Health District will provide flu immunization shots to residents at city of Las Vegas senior centers according to the schedule below. Pneumonia shots also will be available for those that qualify. Shingles vaccinations will be offered Oct. 9 at the Lieburn clinic.

Flu/Pneumonia Shots and Southern Nevada Health District Presentation (ages 50+)
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m.
Cost:  $30 flu, $55 pneumonia, cash only. Free with proof of Medicare or Medicaid insurance.
Doolittle Senior Center, 1930 N. J St., (702) 229-6125.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will provide a presentation on influenza, with a flu shot clinic to follow the presentation. Appointments will be needed. Please call for appointment. Cash only for those not completely covered by insurance.

Flu & Pneumonia Shot Clinic (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9 to 11 a.m.
Cost: $30 flu, $55 pneumonia, cash only. Free with proof of Medicare or Medicaid insurance.
Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road, (702) 229-6454.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will offer annual flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations.  Call to reserve your vaccine. Cash only for those not completely covered by insurance.

Flu & Pneumonia Shot Clinic (ages 50+)
Friday, Oct. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon.  No appointment needed!
Cost: $30 flu, $55 pneumonia, cash only. Free with proof of Medicare or Medicaid insurance.
East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., (702) 229-1515.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will offer annual flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations.  Call to reserve your vaccine. Cash only for those not completely covered by insurance.

Flu & Pneumonia Shot Clinic (ages 50+)
Friday, Oct. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $30 flu, $55 pneumonia, cash only; free with proof of Medicare or Medicaid insurance.
$191 shingles vaccine, cash only; co-pay only with Medicare D coverage.
Howard Lieburn Senior Center, 6230 Garwood Ave., (702) 229-1600.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will offer flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash only for those not completely covered by insurance.
 
Flu & Pneumonia Shot Clinic (ages 50+)
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $30 flu, $55 pneumonia, cash only. Free with proof of Medicare or Medicaid insurance.
Centennial Hills Active Adult Center, 6601 N. Buffalo Drive, (702) 229-1702.
Southern Nevada Health District staff will offer flu and pneumonia vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash only for those not completely covered by insurance.

Flu vaccines use killed or weakened forms of flu viruses to stimulate production of antibodies in the body. Once your body makes enough antibodies, you are protected against flu infection. Flu vaccine gives protection for approximately eight months. Flu viruses change from year to year, which means a person can get the flu more than once in a lifetime. A vaccine made to protect against flu viruses circulating last year may not protect against newer viruses. That is why the influenza vaccine is updated to include current viruses every year, and people should be vaccinated every year.  According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site, each year in the United States, “five to 20 percent of the population get the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 die from flu.“

The CDC strongly recommends that people in any of the following groups receive a flu vaccine each year.
1. People at high risk for complications from the flu.

  • Anyone 50 years or older, regardless of health status. 
  • Anyone living in a nursing home or long-term care facility. 
  • Anyone 6 months of age or older with chronic heart or lung conditions, like asthma. 
  • Anyone 6 months of age or older who has a recent history of metabolic diseases, chronic kidney disease or a weakened immune system. 
  • Anyone 6 months to 18 years of age who is on long-term aspirin therapy. (People in this age group that take aspirin and get sick with the flu are at a risk of developing Reye syndrome.) 
  • Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.

2. People who will be in close contact with someone at high risk for complications from the flu (see above).
This includes all health-care workers, caregivers of children up to 6 months of age, and close contacts of people 50 years of age or older. (Children under 6 months are too young to be vaccinated.) 

3. All children from 6 months through 18 years of age.

The following people should not get a flu vaccination:

  • Anyone with a severe allergy to chicken eggs (an ingredient used to grow the virus used in the flu vaccine). 
  • Anyone who has had a reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past. 
  • Anyone who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) within six weeks of getting an influenza vaccine previously. 
  • Anyone currently sick that has a fever. (Once the fever goes down, it is fine to get vaccinated). 
  • Children younger than 6 months of age.

The CDC also strongly recommends pneumonia shots for persons age 65 and older who have not received a pneumonia vaccination since reaching age 65. Pneumonia vaccinations also are recommended for persons ages 2 to 64 who have compromised immune systems. The effectiveness of pneumonia vaccinations lasts at least five years in individuals with healthy immune systems. 

For detailed information on restrictions and recommendations for flu and pneumonia shots, visit www.cdc.gov. For additional clinic locations available from the Southern Nevada Health District, call (702) 759-0850 or go online to www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

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