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Foundation Launches Flu Shot Finder

Free Online Service Lists More Than 25,000 Clinic Locations

Contact:         Angel Waldron at 202-466-7643, x248

Click for Zip Code SearchWASHINGTON, October 10 -- Once again, Federal health officials are placing high-risk groups at the top of the list for flu vaccinations this year, including 20 million Americans with asthma. So the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is making it easier for asthma patients to find flu shot clinics with a free "Flu Shot Finder" available on their Web site, http://www.aafa.org.

The Foundation's new Flu Shot Finder, powered by Maxim Health Systems, is a simple online zip-code search tool that links to a database of more than 25,000 flu clinic locations nationwide. The Flu Shot Finder returns a list of clinic names, dates, times, addresses and phone numbers to help consumers contact the most convenient location and schedule a visit. The Flu Shot Finder Web page also provides links to helpful information about influenza, flu shot guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and more.

"Flu symptoms make asthma symptoms even worse," says Chris Ward, AAFA's president, and a lifelong asthma patient. "When you've already got a chronic disease like asthma and you get the flu on top of that, it's a dangerous mix that could land you in the emergency room." Mike Tringale, director of communications for AAFA, says that complications like the flu are leading causes of emergency department visits for asthma patients. "Healthcare professionals already know that respiratory infections send millions of asthma patients to hospitals this time of year, but many asthma patients don't know it and they find out the hard way."

The Foundation hopes its Flu Shot Finder Web page will help educate people with asthma about the dangers of the flu, and encourage patients to schedule a vaccination. For more free information about AAFA, asthma, or influenza, www.aafa.org, or call 1-800-7-ASTHMA. For more information about Maxim Health visit www.maxhealth.com

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