Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC) Partners with Novartis Vaccines for Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 General News
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DENVER, Nov. 13 'Tis the season to share love, memoriesand gifts -- not influenza. A trip to the mall can help holiday shoppers crossoff more than just gifts from their lists at Town Center at Aurora. NovartisVaccines, in partnership with Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal AlertCoalition (CIPAC) and RediClinic, announced today that it will offer shoppersa convenient opportunity to receive an influenza vaccination to help protectthemselves, their loved ones and their community during this year's influenzaseason.

The influenza vaccination clinics will be conducted every Friday, Saturdayand Sunday at Town Center at Aurora beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving(November 23, 2007), traditionally the kick-off to holiday shopping season andone of the busiest retail shopping days of the year. The influenza vaccinationclinics will continue through December 23, 2007 to help bring convenient andaccessible influenza vaccination directly to Denver residents. Cash and checkswill be accepted. Insurance will not be accepted, however receipts will bedistributed that can be submitted to your insurance company to requestreimbursement. RediClinic healthcare professionals who are trained to provideinfluenza vaccinations will administer the vaccinations.

"The Colorado Influenza and Pneumococcal Alert Coalition (CIPAC)recognizes the efforts of Novartis Vaccines to help protect our community frominfluenza by providing a central, accommodating influenza vaccination clinicat Town Center at Aurora during the holiday season," said Erich Kirshner,spokesman for CIPAC. "We would like to remind our residents that an annualinfluenza vaccination helps to prevent influenza from spreading throughout thecommunity. In essence, your decision to get vaccinated or not goes well beyondyou -- it also affects the many lives you touch."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thoughthe influenza season varies year to year, it can last as late as May. InDenver, last year the influenza season peaked in March. This is why receivinga vaccination in December, or even later, can still be beneficial.

Influenza is a contagious disease that can lead to serious complications,hospitalization or even death. For those who have not already been vaccinated,getting an influenza vaccination now is especially important, because, duringthe holiday season, people gather with their loved ones.

Most healthy adults can spread the influenza virus beginning one daybefore they feel sick and usually continue to be contagious for about fivedays after, which means the virus can spread to close contacts, such as lovedones and co-workers.

In fact, each year more than 200,000 people in the United States (US) arehospitalized and an average of about 36,000 die from influenza and itscomplications. It is important for Denver residents to get vaccinated,especially as influenza remains a risk well beyond the holiday shoppingseason.

In an effort to help protect Denver residents and their loved ones againstinfluenza, CIPAC is encouraging residents who have not yet been vaccinated forthe 2007-2008 influenza season to visit Town Center at Aurora this holidayshopping season to receive a vaccination. Residents who are nine years andolder can be vaccinated at this particular clinic.

Influenza vaccination may not prevent the disease in 100 percent ofindividuals.

"By offering on-site influenza vaccination clinics at Simon Malls, we areproviding an easily accessible way for our shoppers to help protect themselvesduring the peak influenza season," said Barbara Brooks, Director of MallMarketing, Town Center at Aurora. "We are pleased to team with NovartisVaccines and RediClinic to present this added convenience to our patronsduring the busy holiday season."

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