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September 29, 2006

Flu Shot Saturday Kicks Off Kaiser Permanente’s Fall Influenza Campaign

Atlanta, Ga. – The flu is especially severe for people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma and other lung diseases.  In some cases, the flu virus can actually damage the lungs and make some people susceptible to pneumonia.  With fall underway, now is a good time to get a flu shot.

On October 14, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia will kick off its annual flu campaign with Flu Shot Saturday at 12 KP medical facilities.

On Flu Shot Saturday, flu shots are free for all Kaiser Permanente members from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Non-members who are caregivers to Kaiser Permanente members can get a flu shot for $20.  Pneumococcal vaccines are also available, but the nasal vaccine will not be administered.

"Influenza is a viral infection that makes people prone to pneumonia. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a flu shot for anyone who wishes to decrease their chance of getting influenza this winter, not just those with an underlying medical condition," said Wink Weinberg, MD, an infectious diseases physician for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia.

In addition to Flu Shot Saturday, Kaiser Permanente members will have the following opportunities to receive a flu shot:

  • Daytime/Weekdays: October 17 – November 9
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at all KP medical centers, 9 a.m. – noon and 2 – 5 p.m.*

    *Note: The Brookwood Medical Center hours are 7 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.
  • After-Hours: October 17 – November 12
    After-Hour Centers are Cumberland, Southwood and Gwinnett medical centers
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 9 p.m.
    Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Who Should Get Flu Shots

  • Persons age 50 years and older
  • Persons age 2-64 who have a medical condition such as:  diabetes, heart disease, asthma, kidney disease, sickle cell anemia, HIV-AIDS, stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Health care workers
  • Children age 6-59 months
  • Children age 6 months – 18 years if on chronic aspirin therapy
  • Caregivers of high risk individuals
  • Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • All adults who want to avoid getting the flu

Kaiser Permanente Locations for Flu Shots

  • Alpharetta, 3550 Preston Ridge Road, Alpharetta
  • Brookwood, 1745 Peachtree Road, Suite U, Atlanta
  • Cascade, 1175 Cascade Parkway, Atlanta
  • Crescent, 200 Crescent Centre Parkway, Tucker
  • Cumberland (After-Hours), 2525 Cumberland Parkway, Atlanta
  • Forsyth, 1400 Northside Forsyth Drive, Suite 350,Cumming
  • Glenlake, 20 Glenlake Parkway, Atlanta
  • Gwinnett (After-Hours), 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd, Duluth
  • Henry Towne Centre, 1125 Towne Centre Village Drive, McDonough
  • Panola, 5440 Hillandale Drive, Lithonia
  • Southwood (After-Hours), 2400 Mt. Zion Parkway, Jonesboro
  • TownPark, 750 TownPark Lane, Kennesaw

Kaiser Permanente is the state of Georgia's largest nonprofit health plan, serving the health care needs of Atlanta metro area residents for 22 years. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. currently provides comprehensive health care services to approximately 275,000 members through 15 medical facilities in a 28-county service, and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The Health Plan provided more than $5 million in community benefit programs and services.