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Cleveland flu clinics for senior citizens

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, the City of Cleveland Departments of Aging and Public Health and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) are hosting a Flu + You education event and vaccination clinic to educate older adults about their increased risk of complications from influenza (commonly known as "the flu") and the importance of vaccination, with a goal of improving flu immunization rates in Cuyahoga County.

Health care providers will be available to answer questions about the flu and vaccine options, as well as provide flu shots to adults 65 years of age and older. 

Flu vaccines are a covered Medicare Part B benefit, with no copay.  Please bring your Medicare ID card to the Flu + You event to receive your flu vaccination.

When:         Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
                  Collinwood Recreation Center, 16300 Lake Shore Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44110 
                  RSVP: 216-664-6152 (please leave a message with number of attendees)

                  AND

                  Tuesday, October 1st, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
                  Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44102 
                  RSVP: 216-664-6152 (please leave a message with number of attendees)


Each year in the U.S., roughly nine out of 10 flu-related deaths and six out of 10 flu-related hospital stays occur in people 65 and older.  

However, only an estimated 68 percent of Ohio adults 65 and older were vaccinated during the 2011-2012 flu season.  

During the 2012-2013 flu season, nearly 135 in every 100,000 adults 65 years of age and older in Ohio were hospitalized due to the flu.

In the Cleveland area, there are nearly 47,000 adults 65 years of age and older, which is about 12 percent of the population. 

No matter how healthy or youthful we feel, as we age our immune system typically weakens, leaving older adults more vulnerable to flu and its related complications, which can result in hospitalization or even death.

The age-related decline of the immune system also affects the body's response following vaccination, so it is important that older adults understand their vaccine options.  

According to the CDC, the single best way for older adults to protect themselves against the flu is by getting vaccinated.

There are several vaccine options for older adults, including a higher dose flu vaccine designed specifically to address the age-related decline of the immune system.  

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