Friday, October 31, 2014

West Side pharmacies provide flu shots

            Flu season is here, and there are various locations where West Side residents can receive theirs.
            Flu shots are available at the following Rite Aid locations: 291 West Ferry St., 284 Connecticut St., 424 Elmwood Ave., 1410 Delaware Ave. and 350 Niagara St., and at Walgreens, 650 Delaware Ave.             
           Flu season began in October and lasts through May. The flu can last from a few days to two weeks, and can lead to further complications, such as pneumonia.
According to the Visiting Nursing Association’s website, influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is necessary.
            “It’s a serious illness and many people die from it every year,” said Donna Sauer, director of the immunization program at the VNA. “It leads to complications resulting in hospitalizations or even death.”
Those who are at high risk include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or heart or lung disease and people 65 or older. Also, healthcare workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals should be vaccinated to prevent spreading the flu.
            Rite Aid offers flu shots and states on its website that everyone six months of age and older should get one. The pharmacy also states that it’s important for those who are at high risk of developing flu complications to get vaccinated. By Sarah Minkewicz and Colleen Young