GET READY TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE- for your own good, and for charity.
Kaleida Health and the Visiting Nurses Association will begin their ninth annual influenza immunization campaign on Nov. 1, with a goal of 50,000 shots.
The program, which immunized 31,000 people last year and raised $125,000 to support charity home care services, will begin a month later than usual because of expected delays in the nationwide distribution of influenza vaccine.
The risk of illness and death from the effects of flu is particularly great for elderly people, said Dr. Neal Friedman, a Kaleida Health vice president and campaign medical spokesman.
The immunization program will follow national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which recommend first vaccinating people 65 and older and those ages 50 to 64 with high-risk conditions.
Immunizations eventually will be available to anyone 18 or older.
Shots will be administered at Tops pharmacies, certain KeyBank locations, Wegmans stores and other community sites and business throughout the eight counties of Western New York.
The fee, which many insurance providers cover, will be $10. KeyBank is sponsoring this year's vaccination campaign.
A schedule for flu shots is available locally at 862-3583, toll-free at (877) 305-8083 or at the Internet address www.kaleidahealth.org/ foundations/vaccination.html.