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Influenza vaccine clinics to be held throughout September at nutrition sites

Seasonal influenza vaccine clinics for adults 18 and older will begin Monday and continue through September at the county's Department of Aging Nutrition Sites.

The vaccine is prepared to prevent the annual flu virus but is not a protection against the pandemic H1N1 (swine flu) virus. Pneumococcal vaccine will also be offered at the scheduled clinics.

The vaccine is recommended for all people who are older than 6 months, especially pregnant women and those with long-term health problems, immune deficiency diseases and diabetes. It is also recommended for health care providers, household contacts and caregivers of young children and caregivers of patients over the age of 50.

Additional clinics for adults and clinics for children will be offered at a later date. The vaccine is also offered by health care providers and certain pharmacies.

All but the final clinic will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The clinics will be held at the following locations:

*Monday, Little Valley Nutrition Site, Municipal Building, and West Valley Nutrition Site,St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 9372 Routen 240.

*Tuesday, Gowanda Nutrition Site, Free Methodist Church, 149 W. Main St.

*Thursday, Portville Nutrition Site, Masonic Temple, 14 Temple St.

*Friday, Ellicottville Nutrition Site, Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 25 Parkside Drive.

*Sept. 21, Allegany-Limestone Nutrition Site, Old Allegany Central School, 80 N. Fourth St.

*Sept. 22, Randolph Nutrition Site, Municipal Building, 72 Main St.

*Sept. 24, Delevan Nutrition Site, 78 S. Main St.

*Sept. 28, Olean Senior Citizen Center, John Ash Center, 112 N. Barry St.

*Sept. 29, Cattaraugus Fireman's Clubhouse, Memorial Drive, Cattaraugus, and South Dayton Nutrition Site, Free Methodist Church, 327 Pine St.

*Sept. 30 (1 to 3:30 p.m.), Cattaraugus County Health Department Office, 69 Iroquois Drive, Salamanca.

These insurance companies will cover the vaccine and are accepted at clinics, with some co-pays applicable: Medicare and Railroad Medicare, Independent Health, Univera, Medicaid with a doctor's prescription, most Blue Cross/Blue Shield. For others, there is a $15 charge for the vaccine.

For more information, contact the County Health Department at (716) 373-8050.

e-mail: citydesk@buffnews.com

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