Thursday, September 28th, 2000
Flu vaccine clinics are delayed
Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) has learned that shipments of influenza vaccine will be delayed until late October or early November, pushing some flu vaccine programs back at least a month from their usual early-October start.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), manufacturing problems have caused the delay. A low yield for this year's influenza vaccine A component also may result in a shortage of influenza vaccine supplies.
Individuals at high risk of complications from influenza are encouraged to contact their primary care physicians to see if they have received their immunizations supplies.

Those at high risk, who should receive flu shots early in the season, include individuals who:

are 65 or older;
have chronic illnesses or compromised immune systems; and
reside in long-term care facilities.

Others at lower levels of risk for influenza complications should receive flu shots when supplies become available in November. They include:

Individuals 50 to 65 years of age;
children and teens on long-term aspirin therapy;
Women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy;
Healthcare workers providing services to at risk individuals; and
Those who reside in households with at risk individuals

Influenza season last October through February, and flu shots can be taken any time during that period. After receiving the shot, it takes 1-2 weeks to develop the protective antibody, and it is only effective if received before infection. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can sometimes accompany influenza infection, especially in children, though are rarely the primary symptoms.

Most people who get the flu recover completely in 1-2 weeks, but some people develop serious and potentially life-threatening medical complications, such as pneumonia. Individuals who experience flu symptoms should contact their primary care physician.
Times and dates of flu clinics (October and early November dates are subject to change in the case of delays in immunization supplies.) For more information about Public Health flu clinics, call the Division of Public Health's Immunization Program at (800) 282-8672.

Local Flu Shot Schedule

Nov. 6, Harrington Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 6, Bridgeville Senior Center, 9-11:30 a.m.
Nov. 8, Greenwood Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 8, St. John's Church, 1-2 p.m.
Nov. 14, Nanticoke Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 15, Laurel Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 16, Nanticoke Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 17, Georgetown Cheer Center, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 20, Shipley Center Walk-In, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 21, Georgetown Walk-In, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.
Nov. 27, Shipley Center Walk-In, 9 a.m.-noon
Nov. 28, Georgetown Walk-In, 9-11:30

Long-term care program
Edward Jones will be hosting a long-term care program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 204 Laureltowne in Laurel, according to Melinda Tingle, the firm's local investment representative. The Live satellite broadcast features a panel of experts who will discuss four key issues in long-term care planning.
For more information on the Oct. 3 broadcast or to reserve your seat, contact Tingle at 302-875-0355.

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