Thursday November 4, 2004
Mayor Jerry Abramson today detailed plans for a new supply of 35,000 flu-vaccine doses that is coming to the Louisville area. The Louisville Metro Health Department will obtain 11,000 of the doses to provide immunization shots to high flu-risk residents.
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is providing 10,000 doses to Louisville Metro Government, from a total supply of 34,000 doses it received from its national organization, VNA of America. University of Louisville Health Care is providing Louisville Metro with an additional 1,000 doses to administer to the public.
The Health Department will administer shots – by appointment and at scheduled clinics – to adults and children considered at high risk of complications from the flu, according to federal Centers for Disease Control standards. Residents may call 574-6209 to schedule an appointment. A walk-in clinic is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Northwest Neighborhood Place at Shawnee High School, 4018 W. Market St.
The VNA, a member of the Jewish Hospital Health Network, has planned three public clinics over the next week to begin administering its 24,000 doses of vaccine.
“Louisville is fortunate to have a medical community that works together for the benefit of our residents,” Abramson said. “We appreciate the cooperative efforts of the Visiting Nurse Association, Jewish Hospital, University Hospital and our Health Department to help keep our hometown healthy.”
Dr. Adewale Troutman, Health Department director said there is still a shortage of vaccine across the country. “We’re pleased the Health Department will be able to administer a sizable number of shots, and will first consider those most at-risk of flu complications,” he said. The CDC’s description of high flu-risk individuals includes:
Children 6–23 months of age;
Adults age 65 and older;
Children and adults with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders, or compromised immune systems;
Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
Children aged 6 months–18 years on chronic aspirin therapy;
Health-care workers involved in direct patient care; a
nd Out-of-home caregivers of children younger than 6 months and all those living in the household of a child younger than 6 months.
Flu shots administered through the Health Department are $20 each. Medicare Part B and Passport will cover the cost of both shots for those under the plans. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.
For information on flu shots available through the Health Department, call 574-6520 or visit the Health Department page on www.loukymetro.org.
The VNA’s flu shot clinics are scheduled for:
Friday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Jefferson Mall Friday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – noon, YMCA of Greater Louisville, Northeast Family Branch Monday,
Nov. 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Oxmoor Center
For information on flu shots available through VNA, call 581-8614