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2002 Press Releases
Morton Plant Hospital's Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center Offering Drive-Thru Influenza/Pneumonia Vaccines

LARGO, Fla., (December 9, 2002)---As part of its commitment to improving the health of the community, Morton Plant Hospital's Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center will offer "drive-thru"influenza and pneumonia vaccines on Friday, December 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive-thru vaccines allow patients the convenience of remaining in their car while completing paperwork and receiving a shot. Immunizations are $15 for influenza and $20 for pneumonia, or both FREE with a Medicare Part B card.

Bardmoor Outpatient and Surgery Center is located at 8787 Bryan Dairy Road in Largo, Fla., 727-394-5900.

Influenza---or the flu is a contagious disease caused by a virus that can lead to pneumonia. Flu symptoms include: fever, runny nose, chills, weaknesses, coughing, body aches and a sore throat. Each year influenza vaccines are produced to protect against the most virulent strains. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this year the vaccine contains A/New Caledonia/20/99-like (H1N1), A/Moscow/10/99-like (A/Panama/2007/99) and B/Hong Kong/330/2001-like viruses.

Pneumonia causes an estimated 40,000 deaths annually in the United States, accounting for more deaths than any vaccine-preventable bacterial disease. About half of these deaths could be prevented through vaccination.

Established in 1916, Morton Plant Hospital is a 687-bed facility dedicated to improving the health of all it serves through community-owned health services that set the standard for high quality, compassionate care. In the May/June 2002 issue of AARP Modern Maturity, Morton Plant Hospital was named one of America's 50 Top Hospitals. For four consecutive years, Morton Plant has been ranked a Solucient Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital. Morton Plant Hospital is located at 300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater, Fla., (727) 462-7000.

Contact: Phoebe Ochman/Beth Hardy

Morton Plant News Bureau

(727) 461-8117/298-6199 Phone

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