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HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS FREE ADULT FLU SHOTS

Oct. 23, 2001 – It's time to get this year's flu shot, and the Health Department is making the process easy and free.
The Immunization Program will offer the free adult flu shots Friday at Roy L. Schneider Hospital, St. Thomas, according to a release from the Health Department.
At the present time, said Beverly Blackwell, administrator of the program, the concentration is on persons at risk. This includes everyone over age 50, health care workers, hospital and nursing home residents, and persons with heart, lung or other persistent diseases, diabetes, asthma or other respiratory ailments.
"We also urge all those individuals who are in poor health or may have compromised immune systems to get vaccinated against the flu as well," said Blackwell.
Vaccine is also available at the Myrah Keating Clinic, and at other Health Department clinics as well.
As soon as an additional shipment of vaccine arrives, expected the second week in November, Blackwell added, outreach campaigns will be conducted on all islands. This will enable the Immunization Program to meet its goal of offering free flu shots to all residents over the age of 18, she said.
Outreach schedules will be announced in the media throughout November and December.
For more information contact the program office at 776-8311, ext. 2151.

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Oct. 23, 2001 – It's time to get this year's flu shot, and the Health Department is making the process easy and free.
The Immunization Program will offer the free adult flu shots Friday at Roy L. Schneider Hospital, St. Thomas, according to a release from the Health Department.
At the present time, said Beverly Blackwell, administrator of the program, the concentration is on persons at risk. This includes everyone over age 50, health care workers, hospital and nursing home residents, and persons with heart, lung or other persistent diseases, diabetes, asthma or other respiratory ailments.
"We also urge all those individuals who are in poor health or may have compromised immune systems to get vaccinated against the flu as well," said Blackwell.
Vaccine is also available at the Myrah Keating Clinic, and at other Health Department clinics as well.
As soon as an additional shipment of vaccine arrives, expected the second week in November, Blackwell added, outreach campaigns will be conducted on all islands. This will enable the Immunization Program to meet its goal of offering free flu shots to all residents over the age of 18, she said.
Outreach schedules will be announced in the media throughout November and December.
For more information contact the program office at 776-8311, ext. 2151.