SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
In an effort to protect Reno and Sparks residents from influenza and pneumonia, the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) is providing in-home visits to homebound residents to administer seasonal flu and pneumonia shots until Nov. 18 or until vaccine supplies are no longer available. REMSA’s homebound flu shot program is designed to offer critical health protection for individuals who are unable to leave their home due to illness or disability.
Flu and pneumonia combined are the fifth leading cause of death among Americans 65 and older. Due to changing strains of the disease, a flu shot is needed every year. The pneumonia shot, which provides protection from pneumococcal diseases, is needed only once in a lifetime if received at the age of 65 or older.
REMSA is encouraging the elderly and those with chronic health problems to participate in the important mobile community health program, as they are more likely to develop serious complications from the flu and pneumonia if not protected. Homebound individuals considered high-risk due to asthma, diabetes or heart disease are also urged to get a seasonal flu and/or pneumonia shot.
Homebound flu shots are $36 and pneumonia shots are $73. To schedule an appointment or for additional information, call the REMSA Flu Hotline at 775-858-5741.
REMSA is a private, not-for-profit emergency medical services system serving northern Nevada. REMSA’s state-of-the-art 9-1-1 dispatch communications center is fully accredited, as are all emergency medical transport services of the company. REMSA provides quality patient care with no taxpayer support or other subsidies.