Novartis Vaccines Partners With RediClinic for Holiday Vaccination Clinic, Making Influenza Vaccination Convenient for Shoppers

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 General News
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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 13 'Tis the season to sharelove, memories and gifts - not influenza. A trip to the mall can help holidayshoppers cross off more than just gifts from their lists at Barton CreekSquare. Novartis Vaccines, in partnership with RediClinic announced today thatit will offer shoppers a convenient opportunity to receive an influenzavaccination to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their communityduring this year's influenza season.

The influenza vaccination clinics will be conducted every Friday, Saturdayand Sunday at Barton Creek Square beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving(November 23), traditionally the kick-off to holiday shopping season and oneof 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 Austin 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.

"RediClinic recognizes the efforts of Novartis Vaccines to help protectour community from influenza by providing a central, convenient influenzavaccination clinic at Barton Creek Square during the holiday season," saidGeorge Walker, Executive Vice President, RediClinic Services. "We would liketo remind our residents that an annual influenza vaccination helps to preventinfluenza from spreading throughout the community. In essence, your decisionto get vaccinated or not goes well beyond you - it also affects the many livesyou touch."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thoughthe influenza season varies from year to year, it can last as late as May. InAustin, last year the influenza season peaked between late January and midMarch. This is why receiving a vaccination in December, or even later, canstill 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 adultscan spread the influenza virus beginning one day before they feel sick andusually continue to be contagious for about five days after, which means thevirus can spread to close contacts, such as loved ones and co-workers. Infact, 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 Austin residents to get vaccinated,especially as influenza remains a risk well beyond the holiday shoppingseason.

In an effort to help protect Austin residents and their loved ones againstinfluenza, RediClinic is encouraging residents who have not yet beenvaccinated for the 2007-2008 influenza season to visit Barton Creek Squarethis holiday shopping season to receive a vaccination. Residents who are nineyears and older 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 Monica Garcia, Assistant Manager MallMarketing for Barton Creek Square. "We are pleased to team with NovartisVaccines and RediClinic to present this added convenience to our patronsduring the busy holiday season."

About the Barton Creek Square Influenza Vaccination Clinic

The Barton Creek Square influenza vaccination clinic, sponsored byNovartis Vaccines, in partnership with

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