Contact: Collette DuValle, 317-373-2391
The Marion County Health Department and the Indiana Fever are again teaming up to underscore the importance of vaccines for the entire family.
The Immunize Indy campaign stresses the importance of vaccines throughout the lifespan. "The best offense is a god defense-in the game of life, every shot counts" is the theme of the campaign that includes a Public Service Announcement featuring Fever player Tammy Sutton-Brown and Marion County Health Department Director Dr. Virginia A. Caine.
"Immunizations are not just for kids. Whether a young adult, middle-aged adult or senior citizen, we all need immunizations to keep us healthy and to protect our loved ones from serious, preventable diseases," said Dr. Caine.
The Marion County Health Department will begin its annual flu clinic campaign October 1 and continue the clinics through November. Marion County residents can contact the flu hotline at 221-2121 to gain information about the clinics. The complete schedule is at www.mchd.com.
Influenza is the number one vaccine-preventable illness. Up to 1 in 5 Americans will get the flu each year and an average of 36,000 deaths occur each year.
Flu shots for children age 2 and under are free.
Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Otherwise, cost for the flu vaccine is $15, cost of a pneumonia shot is $40 and tetanus vaccine will be offered for $20.