Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Free Flu Vaccines from PA Dept. of Health

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will offer free flu vaccinations Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 60 state health centers.

Department of Health spokeswoman Holli Senior says the National Influenza Immunization Week clinics were brought on by excess vaccine Pennsylvania received from other states.

The vaccine will protect people from the two flu strains most prevalent in the state this season.

“One is influenza A/H3N2, which is a strain that disproportionately impacts older adults. The second strain that we’re seeing is 2009 H1N1, a strain that is known to impact younger individuals,” says Senior.

The clinics will be open at all state health centers, including those in Beaver, Somerset, Butler and Greensburg, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Allegheny County is not included because the County Health Department operates its own flu shot clinic.

Senior says people should make appointments to be sure there will be enough vaccine available. Appointments can be made online or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

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