Free Flu Clinics Offered During National
Influenza Vaccination Week in Pennsylvania
HARRISBURG– The Pennsylvania Department of Health and public and private partners will be
offering free flu clinics throughout Pennsylvania during National Influenza
Vaccination Week, Dec. 8-14, a week dedicated to advising people that it isn’t
too late to get the flu vaccine.
families prepare to get together for the holidays, it’s a perfect time to
remind people of the importance of getting vaccinated,” Secretary of Health
Michael Wolf said. “We hope these clinics offer another convenient way for families
to protect themselves and help Pennsylvanians stay healthy into the New Year.”
this year, influenza activity has been sporadic; however, it usually picks up
after Thanksgiving and there are indications this is occurring. Now is an
excellent time to get the vaccine for those who have not yet received it.
had an extremely active flu season last year with more than 40,000 influenza
cases reported to the Department of Health resulting in more than 3,500
hospitalizations and more than 200 deaths.
is the key to keeping older Pennsylvanians healthy,” Pennsylvania Secretary of
Aging Brian Duke said. “Through our PrimeTime Health program, many Area
Agencies on Aging are able to offer flu shots for older adults in their areas.
This partnership helps our older Pennsylvanians to get immunized and stay
healthy during the flu season.”
groups at high risk for developing the flu include young children, pregnant
women, anyone with chronic medical conditions and healthcare workers.
season typically runs from October through May, and often peaks between January
and March with an average of five to 20 percent of the U.S. population
developing influenza each year.
seeking vaccination from the Department of Health are encouraged to call
877-PA-HEALTH to find a local flu clinic. Older Pennsylvanians are encouraged
to contact their Area Agency on Aging, listed in the government section of
local telephone directories or by visiting www.aging.state.pa.us.
information on seasonal influenza, contact your local health care provider or