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UPMC Van Provides Flu Shots in Three Communities

Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 2, 2003) UPMC Health Plan will offer influenza shots to Pittsburgh-area residents in October and November at three Giant Eagle supermarket locations. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) emergency medical technicians will administer the shots in a specially designed UPMC van that will be stationed in Giant Eagle parking lots. The schedule for this community program follows:

Date Time Place Address
Oct. 19 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. McKeesport Giant Eagle 3812 O'Neil Blvd.
Oct. 26 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. South Side Giant Eagle 2021 Wharton St.
Nov. 1 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. East Liberty Giant Eagle 6320 Shakespeare St.

The shots are free for Health Plan members who show their member identification card. A charge of $20 is required for those who are not members of the Health Plan.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection with the flu virus. Because the viruses change every year, new vaccinations are required annually. CDC statistics show that more than 114,000 people are hospitalized each year because of the flu, and more than 36,000 Americans die from flu complications annually.

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