Jun 22, 2010 1:06 PM by Greg Boyce
Saturday, June 26 is the last day to receive free H1N1 flu, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster (shingles) vaccinations at the clinic at The Citadel in Colorado Springs. The clinic will be open 2 to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
"We are proud of the partnership we've formed with Visiting Nurse Association and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Mission Outreach and The Citadel to provide these vaccines to prevent diseases in our community," said Kandi Buckland, executive director of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.
This Friday and Saturday, grant-funded vaccines will be provided free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Registered nurses will make assessments prior to providing immunizations, using vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These adult vaccinations (shingles and pneumococcal) are specifically for uninsured or underinsured people.
The clinic is located on the Citadel's south side, top floor by JC Penney's entry way into the shopping center
· Shingles vaccine will be offered to people age 60 through 64.
· Pneumococcal vaccine will be offered to people age 65 and older, as well as people age 19 through 64 who have chronic lung, heart, kidney or liver disease, weakened immune system, diabetes, alcoholism, HIV infection or AIDS, asthma, or are smokers.
· H1N1 vaccine will be offered to anyone age 6 months or older.
Shingles, also called zoster, is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus. After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus stays in the body and can reappear years later in the form of shingles.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by a bacterial germ that in high-risk people can cause pneumonia, blood infection, or other serious infection requiring treatment in the hospital.
For additional uninsured/underinsured immunization offerings for adults and children call 2-1-1, a service of United Way, or Penrose-St. Francis Mission Outreach Adult Immunization Program at (719) 571-1113 or visit the health department website.