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Nov 23, 2010 1:24 PM by Greg Boyce

Flu shots offered by Parkview Hospital

Health experts estimate only 20 percent of Americans get a flu shot each year, while several hundred thousand get sick.

Parkview Medical Center, in an effort to reduce the risk of contracting the flu, will offer a community flu vaccine clinic Wednesday, December 10, 2010 on a first-come, first-served basis to adults 18 and older.

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are advising that the following individuals get a flu shot:

  • Individuals 50 years of age or older.
  • Women who are, or expect to be, pregnant.
  • Children and adults with chronic lung or heart problems (including asthma), diabetes, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, HIV, Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive disorders.
  • Residents of chronic care facilities.
  • Medical personnel and anyone caring for the sick.
  • Children and adolescents aged 6 months to 5 years (the Parkview Flu Shot Clinic will only be for adults 18 years and over).

The flu shots will be available for adults, 18 and older, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Parkview - Pueblo West Emergency Services, located on the corner of Industrial and Purcell Blvds. in Pueblo West.

The cost of the flu shot is $20; cash, checks, MasterCard and Visa will be accepted. However, the vaccine is free for Medicare B recipients who present a valid Medicare card. (Medicaid is not accepted.) Participants are asked to wear short sleeves.

Many pharmacies offer the shot for $20 to $30.

 

 

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