October 22, 2009
Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Maxim Health Systems and the Fox Run Mall are partnering to present two seasonal flu shot clinics. The events are scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th and Thursday, November 12th from 1:00-7:00 p.m., at the Fox Run Mall, just behind the Center Court area, in front of Sears. Originally the two clinics had been scheduled for October 28th and October 29th. Supply issues due to manufacturer delays and heavy consumer demand are responsible for the change. Every one age 9 and up is eligible. Please note that this vaccine will not protect you against H1N1 (swine flu). At this time Portsmouth Regional Hospital is not offering a community H1N1 (swine flu) clinic.
This year, everyone is being urged to get a seasonal flu shot. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is encouraging anyone who wants to reduce their risk of getting the flu to get the vaccine.
Getting a seasonal vaccine is very important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and people 50 years of age or older. People who live with or care for those at high risk should also get a flu vaccine to protect their high-risk contact.
Seasonal flu shot cost is $30 or no charge with the following insurance cards: Medicare Part B, Aetna, SummaCare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Martin's Point Healthcare-Generation Advantage or US Family Health Plan, MVP Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim and First Seniority Freedom.