The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mark National Influenza Immunization Week by offering free public influenza vaccination clinics on Dec. 9, 10, and 11.
The closest clinic will be held at Delaware State Health Center, 151 W. 5th St., Chester. The hours will be 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure vaccine is available.
Appointments can be made online at www.padohclinicappt.com 24 hours a day, or by calling 1-877- PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The flu can cause severe illness and even death. In Pennsylvania, approximately 1,000 flu-related deaths occur each year.
Thus far, flu cases seen in Pennsylvania consist of two strains: A/H3N2, a strain that disproportionately impacts older adults; and 2009 H1N1, a strain that is known to impact younger individuals. This year’s vaccine provides protection against both of these strains, as well as influenza B.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends flu vaccination for all individuals six months of age and older.