Flu shots for over-65 residents at Tucson event

Czarina Nafarrate

Flu shots for over-65 residents at Tucson event

CREATED Sep. 30, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Pima County Health Department will be offering flu shots for residents over the age of 65 at their Flu + You event on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

The vaccines, which are also sponsored by the Pima Council on Aging and the National Council on Aging, are a covered Medicare Part B benefit and require no copay. In order to receive a flu shot, residents must bring a Medicare ID card or applicable insurance card to the event, according to the Pima County Health Department.

The event will go from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center located at 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road.

Health care providers will be on hand to answer questions about the flu and vaccine options.

More than 62,00 Tucson residents are 65 or older and according to the Pima County Health Department, roughly nine of 10 flu-related deaths in the country and six of 10 flu related hospital stays are among these citizens. However, only 58 percent of these residents were vaccinated last flu season.

The single best way for older adults to protect themselves against the flu is by getting vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To learn more about the risks for flu in older adults and to view resources from the Flu +

You campaign, please visit www.NCOA.org/Flu.

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