2006-11-22 / News

Area flu vaccination clinics offered

In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's announcement that the week after Thanksgiving is National Influenza Vaccination Week, Visiting Nurses Association of Care New England will hold a special daylong flu clinic at the Warwick Mall's Expo Center on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well," said Karen Beauchesne, vice president of Clinical Operations. "National interest in getting a flu shot has traditionally tapered off after Thanksgiving. Since flu activity typically

does not peak until February or later, November and December are also good times to be vaccinated."

National Influenza Vaccination Week will run from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3. There will also be a flu clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Women & Infants Medical Center, 49 South County Commons Way in Wakefield.

Each year in the United States, between 5 and 20 percent of the population is infected with influenza, about 36,000 people die and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Since influenza is unpredictable, and different types and strains of influenza circulate throughout the flu season, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that influenza vaccine be offered throughout the influenza season - even after influenza has appeared or begun appearing in a community.

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