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Hopedale Medical Complex To Offer Flu Shots
September 18, 2012

Hopedale, IL — Hopedale  Medical Complex (HMC) announced today that it will begin administering  influenza vaccinations (flu shots) to its regularly seen patients and to  members of the general public starting in mid-September.
In addition to receiving the vaccination at the Hopedale physician’s office,  patients as well as community members will have the option to get their flu  shot at the upcoming flu clinics at Hopedale Wellness Center in October.
“We want to make it as convenient as possible for our patients  and community members, especially those in the high risk groups for flu, to  take this important preventive step,” says Dr. Al Rossi, MD, HMC Chief  Executive Officer.  “These flu clinics allow our patients and their  families in the surrounding communities an opportunity to act early to help  combat the flu.”
Pre-registration is highly recommended to complete the  necessary paperwork. To pre register, or to access  the HMC Flu clinic  schedule, go to www.HopedaleMC.com  and look under  “services”.   You can also call: 309-449-4810.

The flu shot clinics are as  follows:
HMC Patient Clinics: September 10th and September 17th,  5:30 pm – 6:30 pm,
Medical Arts Physicians Offices, 109 Tremont St. in  Hopedale
Community (PUBLIC) Clinics: October 2nd, 4:00 pm –  6:30 pm and October 6th, 8:00 am – 10:30 am Hopedale Wellness Center, 222 NW  Grove St. in Hopedale
Medicare billing provided.  $35.00 fee at  the time of service for non-Medicare patients. (CASH OR CHECK)
2012  Vaccination Guidelines
There are several “high-risk groups” of people  who are encouraged to get vaccinated.  This includes:
·      All children 6 months through 18 years of age;
·      Anyone 50 years of age or older;
·      Pregnant women;
·     Adults  who have weak immune systems;
·     Adults and children  with chronic conditions, including asthma, chronic bronchitis, anemia and  other blood disorders, metabolic diseases (such as diabetes), kidney disease,  heart disease, liver disease and lung disease;
·      Anyone with certain muscle or nerve disorders (such as  seizure disorders or cerebral palsy) that can lead to breathing or swallowing  problems;
·     Residents of nursing homes or other  chronic-care facilities.

In addition, anyone who lives with or cares  for people at high risk for influenza-related complications should also  receive a flu shot.
More information about influenza is available at  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: www.cdc.gov.flu

The Hopedale Medical Complex [HMC] is located off  I-155 in southern Tazewell County.  The Foundation is committed to  promoting outstanding healthcare, healthy lifestyles, health education and  wellness to residents of Hopedale and its surrounding communities.