Northwest NEWS

October 11, 1999

Home & Garden

'Beat the Bug' Campaign

Both Woodinville and Bothell will offer flu shots next week

   The City of Woodinville has partnered with visiting Nurse Services of the Northwest and the American Lung Association of Washington to sponsor "Needle City Hall." This campaign is designed to educate the public about influenza and the importance of immunization, particularly for at-risk populations.

   Though flu season is January through March, now is time to "arm" yourself against the illness. According to the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the flu costs our economy $3 to $5 billion and disrupts more then 383 million work and school days annually.

   This year, you'll receive protection against the A/Beijing, A/Sydney, and B/Beijing strains of influenza. These are the strains identified by health officials as most likely to strike in the U.S. this winter.

   The CDC wants you to consider a flu shot if:

   Flu and pneumococcal vaccines will be available to the general public on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Woodinville City Council Chambers behind City Hall, 13203 NE 175th St. The shots cost $11 for flu immunization and $20 for pneumococcal vaccine. Medicare recipients who are not members of a managed care plan may use their Medicare benefit as payment. Individuals will be asked to sign a consent form at the time of immunization. Payment is made to VNS-NW. Contact Karin Roberts, Wellness Coordinator, Woodinville City Hall at 425-489-2700, ext. 258 for additional information.

   Flu and pneumonia shots for those age 18 and over will be given on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Bothell City Hall, 18305 101st Ave. NE, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $11 for flu innoculations and $20 for pneumonia shots. For information, call 489-3437.

   Also, flu shots will be given at walk-in locations in supermarkets, pharmacies, hospitals. You may also call your doctor or public health department to arrange for a flu shot.

   Information is available at the American Lung Association's Hotline at (206) 441-5100.