Thompson schedules public flu clinics
UR Medicine F.F. Thompson Hospital will hold public flu clinics in Ontario and Wayne counties over the next several weeks.
The standard 2020-21 vaccine provides protection against four flu viruses, including H3N2 and H1N1. Shots are administered to those ages 9 and older.
“With so much focus on COVID-19 this year, it’s important not to lose sight of influenza and the importance of getting your annual vaccination,” said Kristen Bloom, Thompson Health director of infection prevention. “The flu vaccine helps keep you and your community protected. Now more than ever, this protection is critical.”
This year, there is a high-dose flu vaccine for those ages 65 and older that contains an additional antigen designed to create a stronger immune response. The high-dose vaccine protects against four flu viruses, and will be available in limited quantities at the clinics and Canandaigua Medical Group Pharmacy, 335 Parrish St., as well as primary care physicians.
Masks are required at each of the 10 clinics, which run from 3 to 6:30 p.m.: Sept. 23 at Fishers Fire Department, 380 High St., Victor; Sept. 24 at Farmington Urgent Care, 1160 Corporate Drive; Sept. 29 at Shortsville Fire Department, 5 Sheldon St.; Oct. 14 at Newark Urgent Care, 800 W. Miller St.; Oct. 15 at Canandaigua Emergency Squad, 233 N. Pearl St.; Oct. 21 at Victor Fire Department, 34 Maple Ave.; Oct. 26 at Veterans Park, 6910 state Routes 5 and 20, Bloomfield; Oct. 28 at Hopewell Fire Station No. 2, 4018 state Routes 5 and 20; Oct. 29 at Canandaigua Urgent Care, 699 S. Main St.; and Oct. 29 at Farmington Town Hall, 1000 County Road 8.
Thompson Health will bill Medicare, MVP products, BlueCross BlueShield products and commercial insurances. Patients must present an insurance card at the time of the visit. The self-pay cost is $40 and $75 for the high-dose vaccine via cash, check, MasterCard or Visa. Call (585) 924-1510 for information.