Flu Shots Still Available at Concentra to Protect Against the Flu Bug

Annual flu vaccine still best protection against influenza virus

Nov 17, 2011, 12:51 ET from Concentra

DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2011 flu season is now in full swing, with influenza activity continually increasing in at least 25 states, extending from California all the way to New York. To protect against this highly contagious illness, Concentra is urging every person to get an annual flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently reports more than 1,800 suspected specimens of flu circulating through communities across the nation.  For those who have yet to receive a flu shot, Concentra Urgent Care has plenty of doses available at locations across the nation, with no appointment necessary. Experts agree that a flu vaccine is the best defense against contracting the flu virus and has shown to reduce an individual's chance of getting the flu by 90 percent in healthy adults.

"Concentra is poised to protect the health and well-being of individuals across the country by providing flu shots when they need them," said W. Tom Fogarty, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Concentra.  "It's part of our continued commitment to deliver the right care at the right time."

Influenza, or the flu, is an extremely contagious respiratory infection and often includes symptoms like high fever, cough, and full body aches. Flu symptoms are more severe than those of colds and can cause severe complications, resulting in an average of 36,000 deaths each year.  The flu can be prevented through routine hand washing, proper diet and exercise, and an annual flu vaccine.

Flu shots are available at all Concentra Urgent Care locations across the country.  No appointment is necessary, walk-ins are welcome. With locations throughout the nation, many with weekend and extended evening hours, Concentra delivers the care patients need, when they need it most.  For a complete list of locations, and more information about the flu, visit www.Concentra.com.

About Concentra

Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., is a leading health care company focused on improving America's health, one patient at a time. Through its affiliated clinicians, the company provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services from more than 310 medical centers in 40 states. In addition to these medical center locations, Concentra serves employers by providing a broad range of health advisory services and operating more than 260 worksite medical facilities. Through this complement of services, Concentra intends to raise the standard of health by putting individuals first, treating them with clinical excellence, and focusing on their ongoing wellness. www.Concentra.com

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company's web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders;
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings;
  • Most recent investor conference presentations;
  • Quarterly earnings news releases;
  • Replays of most recent earnings release conference calls;
  • Calendar of events (including upcoming earnings conference call dates and times, as well as planned interaction with research analysts and institutional investors);
  • Corporate Governance information


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