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Flu Vaccinations Begin on September 29 Maxim Health Systems to Provide 24,000 Flu Shot Clinics Nationwide
Date:9/10/2007

ion Americans fall victim to influenza and flu-related complications, such as pneumonia, resulting in 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths per year. The CDC has determined that vaccinations are the single most effective way to prevent flu and strongly encourages high-risk individuals to get vaccinated. This includes:

-- Anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of becoming ill or spreading

influenza to others

-- All persons over 50 years old.

-- Children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy

-- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season

-- Adults and children who have chronic pulmonary (including asthma),

cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, hematological or

metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)

-- Adults and children who have a weakened immune system (due to:

HIV/AIDS, long term treatment with drugs such as steroids, cancer

treatments)

-- Adults and children who have certain muscle or nerve disorders (e.g.,

cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or

other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function

or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk

for aspiration; and

-- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities

-- Anyone who lives or cares for people at high risk for influenza related

complications

-- Health care providers

-- Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years of

age and adults age 50 and older.

-- All children aged 6--59 months

Maxim provides flu shots to children aged 9 and older unless restricted by a state regulation or law. By calling the clinic site ahead of time (information also provided on the Maxim Web site), parents can verify that their children can receive the vaccine. For children under 9 ye
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