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KIC Health Clinic Offers Daily Flu Shot Clinic


December 15, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Health Clinic is offering a daily Flu Shot Clinic thru December 23, 2004. KICTHC beneficiaries who meet the Centers for Disease Control Criteria for Flu Shots may drop in to the clinic at 2960 Tongass from 10:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm daily; however, patients are encouraged to call ahead. Waiting times will be kept to a minimum as Nurses are assigned to see the patients as they arrive.

New Flu Shot criteria released last week now includes:

  • All individuals age 50 and over
  • All Healthcare workers and employees of assisted living centers
  • Persons who provide home care to individuals in high-risk groups (for example cancer chemotherapy patients and elders)
  • Household members (including children) of individuals in high-risk groups.
  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children, newborn to age 23 months (expanded from 0 to 6 month-old infants).
  • Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities housing people of any age with chronic medical conditions.
  • Adults and children who have chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems, including asthma.
  • Adults and children who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the preceding year because of chronic metabolic diseases (including diabetes mellitus), kidney dysfunction, immunosuppression caused by medications or by Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
  • Children and adolescents (age 6 months to 18 years) receiving long-term aspirin therapy (might be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after influenza infection).
  • Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season.



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