Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shoot me!

Posted By on Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 12:07 PM

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Guess what, friends, you can get all sorts of free immunizations if you act now!

As someone currently experiencing a bit of a cold, I want to remind you that being sick really stinks. It slows you down, makes you feel like crap, and forces you to miss all sorts of fun activities you had been looking forward to. You're tired all the time, but can't sleep well because you can't stop coughing, or can't curb your nausea.

Remember?

Anyways, there's nothing quite like being sicker than a dog and knowing that you could have skipped the whole lousy experience if only you had received an immunization. This feeling of remorse will only be increased if you could have gotten the shot free of charge.

And thanks to a partnership between Penrose-St Francis Health Services, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and The Citadel you can get many immunizations free.

Read on:

News Release
June 10, 2010
Additional Types of Free Adult Immunizations
to be Offered Friday, June 18
Vaccination Clinic for Uninsured/Underinsured Adults

Colorado Springs, Colo.— Free adult vaccinations are being offered from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at The Citadel mall through a partnership with Penrose-St Francis Health Services, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and The Citadel. The additional types of adult vaccines to be offered by Penrose-St. Francis are Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis/whooping cough), hepatitis A, hepatitis B and combination A&B. Regularly scheduled clinics held at The Citadel, Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. include adults shingles, pneumococcal and H1N1 flu vaccinations.

Location:
The Citadel - South side, upper level by JC Penney
750 Citadel Drive East
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Special Clinic:
2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 18 (additional adult vaccines available)

Regularly Scheduled Clinics:
2 to 5 p.m. Fridays (shingles, pneumococcal and H1N1 Flu vaccinations)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (shingles, pneumococcal and H1N1 Flu vaccinations)

Recommendations:
Who should get the Tdap vaccine?
Anyone ages 11-64
Adults younger than 65 who are in close contact with infants less than 1 year old
Adults younger than 65 who have never gotten Tdap (and/or received only Td two years ago or more)
Tdap is a onetime vaccination then Td update every 10 years
All adults who have not had a tetanus shot in the past two years.
Receiving this vaccine protects young children from whooping cough by keeping the adults around them from catching whooping cough and giving it to young children.

Who should get the hepatitis vaccine and who will benefit most?
Hepatitis vaccinations are a series of immunizations to protect from liver disease and are recommended for all adults who have not previously been immunized and fall within the following categories:
People in high outbreak areas here and abroad. (Colorado is considered a moderate outbreak area.)
People who have chronic liver and/or end-stage kidney disease.
Health care, public safety or food service workers
People being treated with clotting factor concentrates
Men who have sex with men
People who use street drugs
Household contacts or sex partners of people infected with hepatitis

For information on where to receive subsequent doses of hepatitis vaccine, call the Pikes Peak United Way’s Health and Human Services phone line at 2-1-1.


Who should get the shingles vaccine?
People age 60-64

Who should get the pneumococcal vaccine?
People age 65 and older
People ages 19-64 with these health issues:
Lung, heart, kidney or liver disease
Weakened immune systems
Diabetes
Alcoholism
HIV infection or AIDS
Asthma or smokers

Who should get the H1N1 vaccine?
Anyone age 6 months or older

Vaccinations will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. These vaccinations are specifically for uninsured/underinsured people.


For more information:
• Visit www.elpasocountyhealth.org
• Call the Pikes Peak United Way’s Health and Human Services phone line at 2-1-1.

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