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Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) Partners with Novartis Vaccines for Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers
Date:11/13/2007

- Novartis Vaccines, in partnership with Colorado Influenza and

Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) and RediClinic, offers Denver residents a convenient opportunity to get vaccinated against influenza to

help protect themselves and the many lives they touch - Vaccination clinics will be conducted be at Town Center at Aurora during

this special time of year - Last year, the 2006-2007 influenza season peaked in Denver around March - According to the CDC, getting vaccinated in December or even later can be beneficial since most often the influenza season peaks in January or later

DENVER, Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Tis the season to share love, memories and gifts -- not influenza. A trip to the mall can help holiday shoppers cross off more than just gifts from their lists at Town Center at Aurora. Novartis Vaccines, in partnership with Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) and RediClinic, announced today that it will offer shoppers a convenient opportunity to receive an influenza vaccination to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their community during this year's influenza season.

The influenza vaccination clinics will be conducted every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Town Center at Aurora beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving (November 23, 2007), traditionally the kick-off to holiday shopping season and one of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. The influenza vaccination clinics will continue through December 23, 2007 to help bring convenient and accessible influenza vaccination directly to Denver residents. Cash and checks will be accepted. Insurance will not be accepted, however receipts will be distributed that can be submitted to your insurance company to request reimbursement. RediClinic healthcare professionals who are trained to provide influenza vaccinations will administer the vaccinations.

"The Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) recognizes the efforts of Novartis Vaccines to help protect our community from influenza by providing a central, accommodating influenza vaccination clinic at Town Center at Aurora during the holiday season," said Erich Kirshner, spokesman for CIPAC. "We would like to remind our residents that an annual influenza vaccination helps to prevent influenza from spreading throughout the community. In essence, your decision to get vaccinated or not goes well beyond you -- it also affects the many lives you touch."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though the influenza season varies year to year, it can last as late as May. In Denver, last year the influenza season peaked in March. This is why receiving a vaccination in December, or even later, can still be beneficial.

Influenza is a contagious disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization or even death. For those who have not already been vaccinated, getting an influenza vaccination now is especially important, because, during the holiday season, people gather with their loved ones.

Most healthy adults can spread the influenza virus beginning one day before they feel sick and usually continue to be contagious for about five days after, which means the virus can spread to close contacts, such as loved ones and co-workers.

In fact, each year more than 200,000 people in the United States (US) are hospitalized and an average of about 36,000 die from influenza and its complications. It is important for Denver residents to get vaccinated, especially as influenza remains a risk well beyond the holiday shopping season.

In an effort to help protect Denver residents and their loved ones against influenza, CIPAC is encouraging residents who have not yet been vaccinated for the 2007-2008 influenza season to visit Town Center at Aurora this holiday shopping season to receive a vaccination. Residents who are nine years and older can be vaccinated at this particular clinic.

Influenza vaccination may not prevent the disease in 100 percent of individuals.

"By offering on-site influenza vaccination clinics at Simon Malls, we are providing an easily accessible way for our shoppers to help protect themselves during the peak influenza season," said Barbara Brooks, Director of Mall Marketing, Town Center at Aurora. "We are pleased to team with Novartis Vaccines and RediClinic to present this added convenience to our patrons during the busy holiday season."

About the Town Center at Aurora Influenza Vaccination Clinic

The Town Center at Aurora influenza vaccination clinic, sponsored by Novartis Vaccines, in partnership with CIPAC and RediClinic, is designed to help support the CDC's efforts to extend the vaccination season, and to increase vaccination rates to reduce illness and deaths from influenza and its complications.

Influenza vaccine is a regulated product; its availability may be restricted or curtailed. The local influenza vaccination clinic will comply with all national, state, and local health regulations.

To find additional influenza vaccination clinics if you are unable to attend the clinic at Town Center at Aurora, visit http://www.ImmunizeColorado.com or contact CIPAC at (303) 692-2332. For more information about how to help prevent influenza, consumers may visit http://www.FluSource.com.

About Influenza

Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia and dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

Many people confuse influenza with the common cold, but, in fact, influenza can be a much more serious illness. An average of about 36,000 US residents die each year from influenza and its complications, which is more than double the 17,000 Americans who die annually from AIDS, similar to the 42,000 Americans who die each year from breast cancer, and half the 73,000 Americans who die annually of diabetes and its complications.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for people, including school-age children, who want to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill with influenza or transmitting influenza to others should they become infected. Vaccination is also recommended for people who are at high risk for complications of influenza, including people over 50 years old, children 6-59 months old and people with certain chronic illnesses.

Getting vaccinated against influenza helps protect those around you including those who may be at higher risk for complications.

The elderly and young children are just two of the groups considered to be at increased risk for complications from influenza, but influenza vaccination may benefit anyone over the age of six months -- even healthy adults (influenza vaccines are not currently approved for children under six months of age). Influenza vaccination may not prevent the disease in 100 percent of individuals.

For more information about preventing influenza, visit http://www.FluSource.com.

About Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition

The mission of the Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) is to decrease vaccine-preventable respiratory disease in Colorado through collaborative efforts in education and immunization. CIPAC is located within the immunization program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. If you would like more information about CIPAC please contact: Erica Bloom, CIPAC Coordinator, at erica_bloom@yahoo.com or Margaret Huffman at 303.692.2332.


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