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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ORLANDO, Fla., 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 Florida Mall.Novartis Vaccines, in partnership with RediClinic, announced today that itwill 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 Florida Mall beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving (November23), traditionally the kick-off to holiday shopping season and one of thebusiest retail shopping days of the year. The influenza vaccination clinicswill continue through December 23, 2007 to help bring convenient andaccessible influenza vaccination directly to Orlando residents. Cash andchecks will be accepted. Insurance will not be accepted, however receipts willbe distributed 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 Florida Mall during the holiday season," said GeorgeWalker, Executive Vice President, RediClinic Services. "We would like toremind Orlando 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 year to year, it can last as late as May. Duringthe 2005-2006 influenza season, influenza peaked in Orlando in mid February.This is why receiving a vaccination in December, or even later, can still bebeneficial.

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 Orlando residents to get vaccinated,especially as influenza remains a risk well beyond the holiday shoppingseason.

In an effort to help protect Orlando residents and their loved onesagainst influenza, RediClinic is encouraging residents who have not yet beenvaccinated for the 2007-2008 influenza season to visit Florida Mall thisholiday shopping season to receive a vaccination. Residents who are nine yearsand 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 Thearon Scurlock, Director of MallMarketing, Florida Mall. "We are pleased to team with Novartis Vaccines andRediClinic to present this added convenience to our patrons during the busyholiday season."

About the Florida Mall Influenza Vaccination Clinic

The Florida Mall influenza vaccination clinic, sponsored by NovartisVaccines, in partnership with RediClinic, is designed to help support theCDC's ef

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