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Public Health & Wellness Announces Flu Immunization Plans

Thursday September 2, 2010


The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold walk-in flu immunization clinics at fire houses and other sites throughout the community beginning September 9. Immunizations will also be given at Jefferson County Public schools where 80% or more of the students are on free or reduced-price lunch beginning September 28. The Department will be taking appointments for immunizations at four community sites beginning September 27.

“We urge everyone 6 months of age and older to get vaccinated against the flu early this season,” said Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman. “There will be adequate supplies of vaccine this year and multiple opportunities to get vaccinated throughout the community.”

For the first time this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending universal vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. This year’s influenza vaccine will protect against the H1N1 as well as two other seasonal flu viruses. People will now be able to protect themselves against both H1N1 and seasonal flu with a single vaccination. Also new this year will be a high-dose influenza vaccine that strengthens immune response in people age 65 and older.

Immunizations will be $25 for injectable (shot) vaccine and $30 for nasal mist. Pediatric preservative-free vaccine will be $27.50 and high-dose vaccine for those age 65 older will be $40. Passport and Medicare will cover the cost for individuals with those insurance plans. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay at the time of service.

The clinic schedule is as follows. No appointments are necessary.

DATE

Business Hours

LOCATION

ADDRESS

Sept. 9, 2010 (Thursday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Dept

4500 Kerrick Lane

40258

Sept. 10, 2010 (Friday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Urban Government Center

810 Barrett

40223

Sept. 13, 2010 (Monday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Louisville Fire Department

2500 Griffiths Avenue

40212

Sept. 14, 2010 (Tuesday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Louisville Fire Department

3401 Bohne Avenue

40211

Sept. 15, 2010 (Wednesday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Dept

4500 Kerrick Lane

40258

Sept. 16, 2010 (Thursday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Highview Fire Department

7308 Fegenbush Lane

40228

Sept. 17, 2010 (Friday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Middletown Fire Department

108 Urton Lane

40223

Sept. 20, 2010 (Monday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Highview Fire Department

7308 Fegenbush Lane

40228

Sept. 21, 2010 (Tuesday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Louisville Fire Department

2500 Griffiths Avenue

40212

Sept. 22, 2010 (Wednesday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Urban Government Center

810 Barrett

40223

Sept. 23, 2010 (Thursday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Middletown Fire Department

108 Urton Lane

40223

Sept. 24, 2010 (Friday)

11:00am to 7:00pm

Louisville Fire Department

3401 Bohne

40211

Sept. 24, 2010 (Friday)

9:00 am to 4:00pm

Newburg Community Center

4815 Exeter

40218

September 29, 2010 (Wednesday)

9:00am to 4:00 pm

East Government Center

Courtroom

200 Juneau Dr.

40243

September 30, 2010 (Thursday)

9:00am to 4:00 pm

Neighborhood Place East

810 Barret

40204

October 1, 2010 (Friday)

9:00am to 4:00 pm

Southwest Government Center

Courtroom

7219 Dixie

40258

Oct. 10, 2010 (Sunday)

10:00am to 3:00pm

Louisville Slugger Field

401 E Main St

40202

From Monday, September 28 through Friday October 29, the Department of Public Health and Wellness will also offer free immunizations in the Jefferson County Public Schools in which 80% or more of the students are on free or reduced-price lunches. A detailed schedule of the school immunization campaign will be available in mid September.

We are happy to be working with the Department of Public Health and Wellness again this year to provide flu vaccinations for many of our students,” said School Superintendant Dr. Sheldon Berman.

Kosair Children’s Hospital, which provided staff to assist with last year’s Public Health and Wellness school immunization campaign, will again provide nurses for this year’s campaign through its Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy. “Last year Kosair Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy were able to lend a hand to immunize the children of our community against H1N1,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, President of Kosair Children’s Hospital. “The campaign was such a success that we are more than happy to participate again this year to help protect our kids from H1N1 and seasonal flu.”

Vaccine for this year’s school immunization initiative is being provided through the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, a federally funded initiative that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. CDC buys vaccines at a discount and distributes them to state health departments and certain other entities. The Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness is bound by federal and state regulations regarding who is eligible for this vaccine.

“Immunizing children in more than 60 Jefferson County Public Schools through the VFC program will go a long way toward controlling flu in our community this season,” said Dr. Matt Zahn, Medical Director of the Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Appointments for immunizations at the following sites will be taken beginning September 27. Call the clinic site at the phone number listed below to make an appointment.

Dixie Health Center
7219 Dixie Highway
937-7277

Neighborhood Place East Health Center
810 Barret Ave
574-6638

Middletown Health Center
200 Juneau Drive
245-1074

Newburg Health Center
4810 Exeter Avenue
458-0778


Information on the Public Health and Wellness flu immunization schedule is available at www.louisvileky.gov/Health.

Included are vaccination locations, information on vaccine and consent forms that can be downloaded and completed before attending a clinic.

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