BUFFALO - The Visiting Nursing Associa-tion of Western New York has kicked off its annual immunization campaign.
The campaign is aimed at protecting the Western New York community from influenza and pneumonia. The VNA's professional nurses will be administering the vaccines at over 600 clinics throughout Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Genesee counties.
Key facts about the 2012 immunization campaign:
The locations of the sites are listed on the VNA's website www.vnawny.org/flu and on the VNA phone hotline at 630-8330.
The fee for the flu immunization is $30, FluMist is $40 and the pneumonia shot is $60. Most major insurance plans accepted. Individuals are responsible to the VNA for any charges not covered by insurance.
Though preventable, influenza causes an average of 36,000 deaths in the United States each year. The Center for Disease Control recognizes the best way to prevent contracting influenza is with an annual flu shot.
In 2011, the VNA immunization campaign administered about 25,000 flu shots at more than 600 senior centers, local businesses, government offices and other convenient locations across Western New York.
Anyone who would like information on hosting a public clinic or any employer who would like an on site clinic, please contact Donna Sauer, the VNA program director at 630-8738.