Renown Health announces 2009 flu shot schedule

RENOWN NEWS RELEASE:

B00526_H1N1_flu_smlIn an effort to keep the northern Nevada community healthy this flu season, Renown Health will provide Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia Shots to the public at a variety of locations throughout the Truckee Meadows.

Renown has scheduled more than 25 Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia shot events. Seasonal Flu shots are offered at no cost to Medicare beneficiaries (Part B), members of Senior Care Plus or Hometown Health fully insured HMO and PPO plans. All other persons can receive the Seasonal Flu shots for $28 and the Pneumonia Shots for $50.

“The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine as the first and most important thing people can do to protect against the flu,” said Lori Mitchell, health management services manager at Renown Health. “Additional preventive actions like washing your hands and covering your cough will help stop the spread of germs.”

This year, there will be a vaccine for the seasonal flu as well as additional vaccines for the H1N1 flu, which may need to be given twice. Renown is working with the Washoe County District Health Department in conjunction with area health providers in a community-wide effort to prepare for H1N1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site contains helpful, up-to-date information. Visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1. State and county information is available at www.flu.nv.gov or by calling the State Health Division bi-lingual hotline at 1-866-767-5038 open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Visit www.renown.org/flu for a complete Seasonal Flu and Pneumonia shot schedule or call 775-982-5757. Updated information on H1N1 will also be included at this site.

If unable to attend any of the flu shot event, people are encouraged to call Renown Medical Group at 775-982-5000 to schedule an appointment. Flu shots are available to children ages nine to 17 with a parent present. Pediatric Flu Shots are available by appointment only for children ages six months to eight years old. Call 775-982-4148.

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