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Nov. 4, 2005

Senior Housing Residents Receive their Flu Shots

Eight hundred seniors who live in senior citizen housing facilities in Oswego County have received their flu and pneumonia shots, thanks to an arrangement between the Oswego County Health Department and Regional Medical Services of Camillus.

Nurses from Regional Medical Services visited senior housing facilities and provided flu shots for residents of Simeon-Dewitt, Pontiac Terrace, St. Luke's Apartments, Bishop's Commons at St. Luke's, and Springside Manor at Seneca Hill in Oswego; Towpath Towers, Fulton Mills, and Pathfinder Courts in Fulton; and Springbrook Apartments in Pulaski.

"The Oswego County Health Department approached Regional Medical Services in October about providing flu clinics for senior housing sites in Oswego County," said Kathleen Smith, Commissioner of Oswego County Health Services. "This is a valuable service to all of Oswego County. It frees up flu vaccine for other high-risk patients and assures that the folks living in these homes are vaccinated before the flu season."

Marilyn Varbel, administrator of Regional Medical Services, said the agency was glad to help. "It was a pleasure working with the health department staff. We're happy to help out as we are able," she said.

Smith said the county health department continues to offer appointments to high-risk individuals who need a flu shot. People may call the health department weekdays at 349-3547 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3547. The county health department has given flu shots to more than 1,000 high-risk people through their flu clinics. The department also sent nurses to vaccinate homebound patients of the county's home health care programs.

Additional vaccine is still arriving in Oswego County.

"We continue to receive shipments of flu vaccine and we expect to be able to offer flu clinics for the general public in mid-November," said Smith. "We will announce the details as soon as we have the vaccine."

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