Squirrel Hill center hosts flu education, vaccination clinic

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Health agencies serving the region's older adults will hold a flu education and vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, 5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill.

Aiming to increase the flu immunization rates of people 65 and older, who have an increased risk of complications from the flu, the event will also feature health care providers who will be available to answer questions.

Flu vaccines are a covered Medicare Part B benefit, with no co-pay. To receive the shot, people should bring their Medicare ID card. Today's clinic is set up by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Area Agency on Aging; the Northern Area Multi-Service Center; the Allegheny County Health Department; and the National Council on Aging.

The immune system in older adults is more vulnerable to the flu, and hospitalizations and deaths from the flu are more common among those 65 and older. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the single best way for older adults to protect themselves against the flu is by getting vaccinated.

For more information about the flu and older adults, see www.NCOA.org/Flu.

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