10/19/2005 - Additional Influenza Immunization Program

Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization Program

CITY OF HACKENSACK
Department of Health
215 State Street Hackensack, N.J. 07601
Phone (201) 646-3965
Fax (201) 646-3989
www.hackensack.org

October 12, 2005

City of Hackensack Schedules Additional
Influenza Immunization Program

Due to overwhelming demand, the City of Hackensack’s Department of Health has added an additional influenza immunization program to its 2005 schedule. The additional program will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2005 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Mellone Mariniello Recreation Center, which is located at 116 Holt Street, Hackensack. The program is being co-sponsored by Maxim Health Systems who is partnering with Hackensack to make this event possible. Pre-registration for this program is required.

Please call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 (9 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday) for an appointment. The Hackensack Department of Health urges residents who are at high risk of complications from influenza to get a flu shot early in the season. Residents are always encouraged to use universal respiratory precautions to help prevent illness. That means people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash their hands often and avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands.

Other precautions include staying home from school or work when sick, and avoiding close contact with people who are ill to reduce the spread of the flu.

Every year on average in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die from flu. Complications of flu could include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes. Children could develop sinus problems and ear infections.

High-risk individuals should also get a pneumococcal vaccination from their health care provider to prevent this type of pneumonia, if they have not previously had this vaccine.

There is no direct charge to senior citizens who have current Medicare Part B coverage and do not participate in a managed care / HMO health care plan. The cost of this program for all others is $25 for an influenza immunization and $35 for a pneumonia immunization. Residents who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician. Pre-registration for this program is required.

Please call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 (9 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday) for an appointment.

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Influenza and Pneumonia Immunization Program – Every year in the United States on average 5% to 20% of the population get the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from the flu. To combat excess influenza and pneumonia in Hackensack, the Health Department is planning to offer influenza and pneumonia immunizations for Hackensack senior citizens, aged 65 years and older, this fall. There is no direct charge to seniors for these immunizations. This program, which is cosponsored with the Hackensack Housing Authority, is scheduled for four days. Clinics will be held at locations and dates listed below. Pre-registration is required and seniors must bring their Medicare part B card and other health insurance identification cards with them to the clinic. This immunization program will be offered at no direct cost to seniors by Medicare reimbursement to the City. Interested seniors may get additional information by calling the Health Department at 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Seniors who participate in an HMO or managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician.

Tuesday October 11, 2005 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon - First Street Hackensack Housing Authority

Tuesday October 18, 2005 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon - 164 Beech Street Hackensack Housing Authority

Tuesday October 25, 2005 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon - 60 Kansas Street Hackensack Housing Authority

Tuesday November 1, 2005 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon - 215 State Street Hackensack Civic Center

To pre-register call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050

Seniors who are members of an HMO or managed health care plan should consult with their HMO or managed care plan.