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Tuesday, January 8, 2002

Atlantic County Offers Additional Flu Shot Clinics

County Executive Dennis Levinson has announced that the county's Division of Public Health will offer two additional flu vaccine clinics for anyone 18 years or over who has not yet been vaccinated against the highly contagious influenza virus. Residents 65 years or older may also receive a "pneu" shot to help combat pneumonia-related illnesses. Unlike the flu vaccine, the vaccine for pneumoccocal disease is usually needed only once in a lifetime.

Both vaccines will be available at each of the following clinics:

Wednesday, January 16 Thursday, January 24
4-6 PM 10 AM - Noon
Stillwater Building St. Joseph's Church Hall
201 S. Shore Road, Northfield Third and Pleasant Streets
(cross street is Dolphin Avenue) Hammonton

There is no out-of-pocket charge for Medicare Part B or US/Aetna Healthcare beneficiaries with proper identification. Those with other HMO insurance will be charged $10 for a flu shot and $18 for a pneu shot.

The Atlantic County Division of Public Health provides annual flu shot clinics in an effort to help protect residents against flu and pneumoccocal infections that most typically occur from late December through March. While initial efforts focused on the elderly and chronically ill as being the highest risk for complications from the flu, vaccinations are now being offered to adults of all ages. More than 6,300 immunizations have been provided at 18 different county sponsored locations since late October.

For more information, please contact the Division of Public Health at (609) 645-5933.

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