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Flu, pneumonia shot clinic at Faith Lutheran Church

A flu and pneumonia shot clinic will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 6142 State Route 31, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday Oct. 24.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccine is updated every year to combat the flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to cause illness during the upcoming season.

The 2010-11 flu vaccine is made in the same way as seasonal vaccines have been made for decades. It will protect against the 2009 H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season and two other influenza viruses - an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus.

About two weeks after vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.

Influenza or pneumonia vaccination may not prevent everyone from getting the flu or pneumonia this winter. Consult your health care provider to determine whether you have a condition that precludes you from receiving the vaccine. All vaccines have side effects. The most common side effects of influenza vaccines include local reactions and mild, general symptoms.

The flu and pneumonia shot clinic at Faith Lutheran Church will be administered by Regional Medical Services of Camillus, which accepts Medicare Part B and Medicare Advantage plans. Some health insurance plans also cover the flu vaccine.

Participants are asked to bring their Medicare and/or other health insurance identification cards. If health insurance doesn't cover the vaccine, flu shots will be available at the clinic for $33, while pneumonia shots will be available for $70.

Even people who were vaccinated with the 2009 H1N1 vaccine or last year's seasonal vaccine need to be vaccinated with the seasonal flu vaccine this year. This season's vaccine provides protection against other influenza strains that were neither in the seasonal nor the 2009 H1N1 vaccine last season.

In addition, immunity from previous seasonal vaccines may decline over time.

More information is available by calling the church office at 699-5224.

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