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Published: Monday, 10/25/2004

Where, when to find vaccine

Because of a shortage of flu vaccine this year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said only "high-risk" individuals should get a flu shot.

This year, "high risk" is defined as individuals who are age 65 and older; people with a chronic illness, such as diabetes or asthma; people in nursing homes or long-term care facilities; health- care workers involved in direct patient care; pregnant women; children ages 6 months to 23 months, and people with children younger than 6 months.

Seniors 65 and older who haven't received the pneumoccal [pneumonia] vaccine in the last five years are also advised to get that shot, which is not in short supply.

Here are some options and locations for those searching for flu shots:

  • Maxim Healthcare has a Web site, www.findaflushot.com, that directs you to places where flu shots are available. You type in your ZIP code to find a location near you. One caveat: There may not be many on there.

  • Departments of health throughout Ohio and Michigan are scheduling flu shot clinics. Check with your city or county health department to find out their plans.

    Lucas County's health department has a flu shot hot line for health department sponsored clinics: 419-213-4172. The department's flu shot clinic list is also available at www.co.lucas.oh.us/Health/FluClinicInfo04.asp.

    Area flu shot locations from Oct. 25 through Nov. 1:

    Lucas County:

    Today:

    James W. Hancock Senior Center, 5760 Bayshore Rd. Oregon

    9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Tomorrow:

    Park Lane Retirement Community, 142 23rd St., 3 to 6 p.m.

    Tomorrow:

    Mayores Senior Center

    One Aurora Gonzalez Rd.

    Toledo

    9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Wednesday:

    Lyman W. Liggins Senior Center

    Grace Presbyterian Church

    1171 Oakwood Ave.

    Toledo

    9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Food Basics

    2150 South Byrne Rd.

    Toledo

    4-8 p.m.

    Thursday:

    First Presbyterian Church

    200 E. Broadway

    Maumee

    9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

    Friday:

    Toledo-Lucas County Health Dept.

    635 North Erie St.

    Toledo

    8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.

    Saturday:

    Farmer Jack

    5700 Monroe St.

    Sylvania

    9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Nov. 1:

    Chester Zablocki Senior Center

    3015 Lagrange

    Toledo

    9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Fulton County

    Tomorrow:

    Fulton County Senior Center

    240 Clinton St.

    Wauseon

    1-3 p.m.

    Wednesday:

    Fulton County Health Dept.

    606 South Shoop Ave.

    [419-337-0915]

    Wauseon

    8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Monroe County

    Flu shot hot line, 734-240-7878

    Today:

    Ash Senior Center

    700 Carleton-Rockwood Rd.

    Carleton

    10-11:30 a.m.

    Tuesday:

    Berlin Senior Center

    7997 Swan View Dr.

    Newport

    10-11:30 a.m.

    Petersburg Senior Center

    60 East Center St.

    Petersburg

    2-3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday:

    Water Tower Senior Center

    11345 Harold Dr.

    Luna Pier

    10-11 a.m.

    Friday:

    Frenchtown Senior Center

    2786 Vivian Rd.

    Monroe

    9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Wood County

    Tuesday:

    Northwood Municipal Bldg.

    6000 Wales Rd.

    Northwood

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Thursday:

    Wood County Senior Center

    305 N. Main St.

    Bowling Green

    10 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Ottawa County

    Call the Ottawa County Health Department at 419-734-6800 to schedule an appointment. The department is not holding walk-in flu shot clinics this year, but appointments are being taken on an individual basis for high-risk persons.

    The Blade is asking anyone who is offering public flu shots to report the dates, times, and locations to the newspaper by fax to 419-724-6439. Please include a contact number in order to verify the information for publication.



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