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19th Annual Manhasset Senior Flu Shot Program October 24

Big Changes for Manhasset Flu Shot Program

The Senior Flu Shot Program will be administered on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at  Munsey Park Elementary School. Registration is required. This year the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs is partnering with members of the Nassau Suffolk Health Council in order to maximize efforts and contain costs involved with immunizing seniors. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJ) is responsible for serving our community.

Since NSLIJ will be providing the vaccine, staff and supplies, Nassau County has conceded to them the authority to determine any out-of-pocket costs and method of registration. Please note, this is for the 2009-10 seasonal flu, we will not be immunizing for the “Swine Flu.” In addition to the countywide program changes, the Manhasset Senior Citizen Advisory Board had already agreed to change the venue of the program to Munsey Park Elementary School. Residents are encouraged to read through all these changes carefully.

Although all Nassau County seniors over 60 years of age and their spouses are still welcomed at every site, the immunizations will be offered with no out-of-pocket costs ONLY to those 65 and over and those with Medicare Part B. Those residents without Medicare Part B, and those under 65, will be asked to pay a nominal fee of $25 for the influenza immunization and $30 for the pneumococcal immunization. Cash or check only, please, NSLIJ is not equipped to accept any private insurance information as payment. Residents will be given a receipt by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, which many have successfully submitted to private insurance companies. Since not all policies are the same, we encourage you to check with your insurance company in advance to determine any special requirements they may have for re-imbursement.

As usual, all are required to register. This year, however, when seniors register, they will be asked to choose an appointment time from the available time slots between 9 a.m. -1 p.m. In the past they were able to allow their residents the freedom of coming at any time within our hours of operation. This was due primarily because they always had an overabundance of local nurses volunteering their time for this worthwhile program. North Shore-LIJ Health system requires all nurses to be under their employ, so they will be providing the staff. Requiring appointments will allow them to provide adequate staffing and minimize the wait time for those being immunized.

In-person registration will be at the Manhasset Public Library on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. You may register by phone at 465-2520 on Oct. 13, 14 and 15 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. only. Residents are encouraged to register in person as appointments will be given on a first-come-first-served basis.

The immunizations will be given on Saturday, Oct. 24 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Munsey Park Elementary School. This location was recommended by Armond Markarian, director for facilities of Manhasset Public Schools as a better choice than Manhasset High School. Since Munsey Park is not used on weekends for sports, we had the flexibility of choosing the first weekend the vaccine was offered by Nassau County, and residents will not have to compete with athletes or fans for parking.

Although there are many changes, they are certain that the 19th Annual Senior Flu Shot Program will be as upbeat and professional as it has always been. They will have plenty of volunteers available at registration to help with new NSLIJ forms. On the day of the shot, they will be filling the parking lot and hallways with friendly community volunteers eager to help with any last minute questions and easing residents through this new process.

This major senior community event is the result of close cooperation among a number of Manhasset organizations, Nassau County, and North Shore-LIJ Health Systems. In addition to the strong support of the Manhasset Public Schools and the Manhasset Public Library, Community Care of Manhasset and the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce offer significant backing to the Flu Shot Program.