WALGREENS HEALTH CORNER CLINICS IN ST. LOUIS READY FLU SHOTS FOR NATIONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION WEEK FROM NOV. 27 TO DEC. 3
Flu Vaccines Available Seven Days a Week at Nine Locations for $25 per Shot
St. LOUIS, MO (November 26, 2006) Nine Health Corner Clinics in St. Louis, operated by Take Care Health Systems and located inside Walgreens drugstores, are fully stocked with flu shots in anticipation of The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Influenza Vaccination Week from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3. According to the CDC, the week-long initiative is designed to raise awareness of the importance of continuing flu vaccination, as well as foster greater use of flu vaccine through the end of the year and beyond.
"For the first time, the CDC has identified a week to indicate the importance of getting flu vaccines throughout the end of this year and into early next year," said Sue Ferbet, Lead Take Care Nurse Practitioner in St. Louis. "Open seven days with no appointment required, and now accepting Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri and all other major insurance plans, Take Care Health offers an easily accessible way for anyone to protect themselves against the flu this year."
Due to influenza's unpredictability, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that the influenza vaccine be offered throughout the entire flu season, even after it has appeared or begun appearing in a community. Vaccinations are recommended for anyone wanting to decrease their risk. It takes two weeks after the vaccination for the body to be fully prepared to protect against the flu.
A recent nationwide CDC survey, sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, revealed gaps in public perception on flu vaccination and treatment. According to the survey, 43 percent of individuals believe that the flu is not a serious enough disease to warrant vaccination. Yet each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Other misconceptions: 46 percent of respondents believe that the vaccine can cause influenza, while many stated that vaccination in December or later was too late to be effective.
Take Care Nurse Practitioners provide vaccines to patients 9 years of age and older, and have already administered close to 8,000 shots this season in St. Louis. The cost of a flu vaccination at Health Corner Clinics is $25, but is often covered by insurance.
Flu shots are available at all St. Louis Health Corner Clinics from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and no appointments are necessary. They are located directly across from the pharmacy inside the following Walgreens drugstores:
- Arnold - 3937 Vogel Road
- Brentwood - 2401 S. Brentwood Blvd.
- Manchester - 13992 Manchester Road
- Ellisville - 16105 Manchester Road
- Fenton - 1001 Bowles Ave.
- O'Fallon - 2920 Highway K
- St. Charles � Muegge & Old Highway 94.
- St. Louis - Route 367 & Parker
- St. Louis - 6071 Telegraph Road
Take Care Health accepts most commercial insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri, Group Health Plan, Humana, UnitedHealthcare as well as Medicare and Medicaid plans.
About Take Care Health SystemsSM
Take Care Health Systems (www.takecarehealth.com)is a leading independent operator of convenient care clinics. Take Care Health's vision is to combine best practices in medicine and the expertise and personal care of Take Care Nurse Practitioners to provide high-quality, accessible and affordable health care to Americans. Take Care Health has a 98 percent patient satisfaction rating at its 36 health care centers and has treated close to 60,000 patients since November 2005. Take Care Health is a founding member of the Convenient Care Association (CCA).
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