Monday, October 12, 2009

Overlake to provide free swine flu vaccinations to pregnant women

Overlake is introducing a new program to provide free H1N1 immunizations for pregnant women who are giving birth at Overlake. This program is offered to all pregnant women who have an Overlake-affiliated physician and plan to deliver at the Overlake Childbirth Center. Women interested in the program should pre-register for their births at Overlake. They’ll then be contacted by the hospital so their immunization appointment can be scheduled.

The program to immunize pregnant women will get underway once the H1N1 vaccine shot is available in mid to late October. Overlake is also taking steps to educate new mothers about what they should do protect themselves and their babies.

The H1N1 vaccine does not protect from the seasonal flu, so remember to get vaccinated for the seasonal flu as well.

Overlake is sponsoring a one-day seasonal flu shot clinic in which people can get a free flu shot in exchange for a donation to the local food bank. This one-day event will be held in the Community Education classroom in the new Overlake Medical Center Issaquah on October 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or as long as supplies last. Overlake Medical Center Issaquah is located at 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway SE in Issaquah. In addition, Overlake will also be giving free seasonal flu shots to the first 500 seniors who attend the “Home is Where the Heart Is” fair on October 17 in Bellevue.

Seasonal flu immunizations will also be available at Overlake Medical Center Issaquah’s primary care clinic and urgent care clinics, at Overlake’s primary care clinic on the Bellevue Overlake campus, and at our Senior Care clinics in Bellevue and Mercer Island.

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