HACKENSACK SENIORS ARE URGED TO GET FLU READY
The Hackensack Department of Health urges senior 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 can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
Those over the age of 65 and 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. The majority of deaths during the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919 were not caused by the influenza virus acting alone, report researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Instead, most victims succumbed to bacterial pneumonia following influenza virus infection.
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. Seniors who participate in a managed care plan should consult with their primary care physician.
Pre-registration for these programs is required. Programs will be held as follows:
October 5, 2010: 65 First Street Housing Authority
October 12, 2010: 164 Beech Street Housing Authority
October 19, 2010: 60 Kansas Street Housing Authority
October 26, 2010: 215 State Street Civic Center
All programs will be held from 9am to 12:00 noon
Please call 201-646-3965 or 201-646-8050 (9 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday) for an appointment.