Saturday, December 8, 2012
It's National Influenza Vaccination Week and this year is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in a while. Did you get your flu shot?
More than one-third of United States residents have already been vaccinated against the influenza virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday. With National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started last Sunday and ends Saturday, health officials aim to increase that percentage, especially since this year's season may be a bad one. Influenza—more commonly known as simply "the flu"—is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads via infected people coughing, sneezing or talking, though people can also get infected by touching something with the flu virus on it before touching their mouth, eyes or nose. The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Whether you are a regular to the flu vaccine or an “I never get it” kind of reader, the total vaccine story may not be one you’ve ever stopped to investigate.
"What are your thoughts on the flu vaccine?" is a question I am asked daily. It truly comes down to informed consent and personal philosophy. We live in a country with much propaganda for vaccines. I was checking out at Rite Aid this week and I heard the cashiers asking all the customers if they had received the flu shot yet. If someone responded with “No,” the employee would say “our pharmacy has them and it is free with your insurance, you really need to get one so you won’t get the flu.” … and a column was born. At this time of year everyone in the family over 6 months old is encouraged to have the influenza vaccine. This recommendation is about 12 years old. Before then, only those 65 and over and very ill people were encouraged to …
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Rhode Island Health Department is scheduled to administer flu vaccinations to students at staff at Johnston High School on Nov. 15.
Johnston High School is scheduled to host a state Department of Health flu clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for students, faculty, and staff. According to the Health Department, there is no out-of-pocket charge for a flu vaccination for students. The insurance information of students who have health insurance will be collected, but no student will be turned away for a lack of insurance. Parents may register their children by: For more information, visit the Health Department Flu Vaccination Clinic web page or call (401) 222-5960.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Four pharmacies in Johnston are among the 125+ locations statewide.
Four locations in Johnston — including two CVS stores, a Rite Aid, and Stop & Shop — are among 125 sites where members of Blue Cross/Blue Shield can go for flu shots, the health insurer announced on Sept. 12. In a press release, BCBSRI stated that its goal is to improve on the roughly 50-percent flu shot rate from 2010. “Thanks to this innovative new program, BCBSRI members age nine and older can now walk right into a participating pharmacy in Rhode Island, show their insurance card and get their flu shot at no cost," said Blue Cross Senior V.P. and Chief Medical Officer Gus Manocchia in the statement. "The pharmacy will handle submitting the medical claim." The Johnston locations for flu shots covered by Blue Cross are: A full list of flu…