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The Visiting Nursing Association (VNA) of Western New York has kicked off its annual immunization campaign seeking to protect the community from influenza and pneumonia. Professional nurses will administer the shots at more than 600 clinics throughout Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Genesee counties.

The fee for the flu immunization is $30, FluMist is $40 and the pneumonia shot is $45. Insurances accepted are: Medicare Part B, Independent Health, Univera and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Individuals are responsible to the VNA for any charges not covered by insurance. For site locations, visit: www.vna-wny.org/flu/ or call 630-8330.

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The Arthritis Foundation is offering gentle movement exercise programs and tai chi classes at various sites in Western New York. Phone numbers to call for information on classes in your area are: West Seneca, 677-3107; East Aurora, 652-1560; Elma, 652-3374; Orchard Park, 209-6295; Clarence, 633-5138; and Snyder, 507-4543. Some classes have fees.

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A free workshop, "Biofeedback for Stress Management," will be offered at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Cheryl Eberl from Wellness Connection will give a demonstration on how to control your stress using mind/body techniques. For reservations, call 995-3851 or visit www.schofieldcare.org.

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Southtowns Parkinson's Wellness Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. John's Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton St., West Seneca. "Improving Gait in People with Parkinson's with the Use of External Cueing" will be presented by Tiffany Maskulinski and Derek Smith, physical therapy graduate students. The Young On-St group will meet at 5:30 p.m.

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Upstate New York Transplant Services, 110 Broadway, will have a support group meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. next Tuesday. The topic will be "Honoring Your Loved One as You Heal and Move Forward." Free parking in front lot. For reservations, call Michelle at 566-3915 or Darlene at 566-3942.

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Support groups and phone numbers to call for information include: anxiety self-help, 11 a.m. today, participants must be chem-free and refrain from using scented items while in the building, WNYIL, 3108 Main St., 836-0822, Ext. 118; Gam-Anon, for family and friends of gamblers, 7 p.m. Thursday, Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Amherst, 254-4941; Reformers Unanimous, faith-based addictions program, 7 p.m. Friday, Hedstrom Baptist Church, 55 Losson Road, Cheektowaga, 818-1012; Alcoholics Anonymous First Step, 8 p.m. Friday, auditorium, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls, 278-4569; Alcoholics Anonymous International Group, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 278-4569; Narcotics Anonymous, 5 p.m. Sunday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 278-4569.

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