York City Bureau of Health To Hold Pneumonia Vaccine Clinic

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The York City Bureau of Health, located at 435 W. Philadelphia St., will hold a special immunization clinic for York City residents on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., for uninsured and underinsured adults 65 years of age and older to get their Pneumococcal Vaccine, frequently known as the Pneumonia Vaccine.

Each year in the U.S. over 200,000 people are hospitalized because of serious pneumococcal infections – primarily bacterial pneumonia, and less frequently meningitis or sepsis. Several thousand die from these infections, often persons 65 years of age and older and persons under 65 with certain medical conditions. Most infections caused by pneumococcal bacteria can be prevented by the Pneumococcal Vaccine.

The Pneumococcal Vaccine, known as Pneumovax®, is being provided at no cost to York City residents who do not have health insurance or who are underinsured (health insurance that doesn’t cover this vaccine). All persons 65 years of age should receive the Pneumococcal Vaccine. Persons under 65 with certain medical conditions – heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, certain types of cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, liver disease, and sickle cell disease, to name a few   ̶   should also receive the vaccine.

York City residents should call the York City Bureau of Health at 815-0910 to see if they are eligible and to schedule an appointment for the Pneumococcal Vaccine.

For more information about the Pneumococcal Vaccine, call Debra Stoops, RN, Immunization Program Coordinator, at 849-2299; or check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac.

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