Reminding Family And Friends To Get A Flu Shot

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Maxim Health Systems is reminding people to get their annual flu vaccination if they have not done so already. Maxim encourages people to visit its Web site www.FindaFluShot.com to find a convenient location for vaccination clinics.

"As we approach the holiday season with families and friends, it is the perfect time of year to remind your loved ones to get their flu vaccination," said Steve Pellito, National Director of Wellness Servicesfor Maxim Health Systems. "We continue to urge people to get vaccinated and visit www.FindaFluShot.com to locate a clinic" he added.

"Remember that influenza is the strongest of winter viruses," said Bonnie Fass-Offit, MD, FAAP, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "There is little medicine that helps once you have the illness. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by getting your annual flu vaccine".

In support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Influenza Vaccination Week, Maxim will open additional clinics during the week following Thanksgiving, November 27 to December 2. Finding the nearest location is as simple as typing in your zip code on www.FindaFluShot.com. This will provide the address, date, and times for flu shots at local clinics. The Web site also provides the latest news on influenza and links to other flu resources. For those who prefer to find a convenient location over the phone, Maxim provides a toll free number at 877-962-9358.

Each year as many as 65 million Americans fall victim to influenza and flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, resulting in 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths per year. The CDC has determined that vaccinations are the single most effective way to prevent flu and strongly encourages high-risk individuals to get vaccinated. This includes:

-- Anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill or spreading influenza to others

-- All persons over 50 years old

-- Children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

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-- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

-- Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)

-- Adults and children who have a weakened immune system (due to HIV/AIDS, long term treatment with drugs such as steroids, and/or cancer treatments)

-- Adults and children who have certain muscle or nerve disorders (e.g. cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk for aspiration

-- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

-- Anyone who lives or cares for people at high risk for influenza-related complications

-- Healthcare providers

-- Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years of age and adults age 50 and older

-- All children aged 6-59 months

Maxim provides flu shots to children aged 9 and older unless restricted by a state regulation or law. By calling the clinic site ahead of time (information also provided on the Maxim Web site), parents can verify that their children can receive the vaccine. For children under 9 years of age, parents should contact their pediatrician. Maxim accepts Medicare Part B with no co-pay required, when Medicare Part B is the primary insurance.

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