Flu shots clincs to open at area locations

October 14, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Roll up your sleeves. Supplies of the flu vaccine are arriving on schedule this year and clinics are already starting up in communities in the Tri-State area.

In Franklin County, Pa., Summit Health, the American Lung Association, Franklin County Agency on Aging, the Cumberland Valley Immunization Coalition and the Pennsylvania Health Department are co-sponsoring flu shots at a number of community locations starting this week.

Shots will be given Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Weis Market in Chambersburg, Pa., and from 2 to 6 p.m. at Weis Market in Shippensburg, Pa.


Other dates include Norland Pharmacy in Chambersburg, Friday from 8 a.m. to noon; Giant Pharmacy, Chambersburg, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Nov. 19, 3 to 7 p.m.; CVS Pharmacy, Chambersburg, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon; Zion Lutheran Church, Newville, Pa., Oct. 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Fort Loudon (Pa.) Senior Center, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to noon; Shippensburg Senior Center, Nov. 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Waynesboro (Pa.) Senior Center, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Eckerd Drugs, Shippensburg, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Eckerd Drugs, Waynesboro, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More shots will be given at Path Valley Senior Center in Dry Run, Pa., on Nov. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Jane's Market, Mercersburg, Pa., Dec. 11, 3 to 6 p.m.; and at Sunnyway in Greencastle, Dec. 13, 3 to 6 p.m.

Call 717-267-7745 for information on costs and insurance coverage. Call 1-800-932-0903 to schedule appointments at the senior centers.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., flu shots are being given every Monday starting Oct. 21 at the Berkeley County Health Department from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. throughout the flu season, which usually lasts into February.

The health department is located at 800 Emmett Rousch Drive in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Flu shots are also being given Oct. 20 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 101 W. Martin St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. by the parish nurses.

Donations of $15 are requested and Medicare cards will be honored at both locations.

In Washington County, flu shot/pneumonia clinics sponsored by the Washington County Health Department have been scheduled at the following locations:

  • Elks Club Lodge 378, 11603 Robinwood Drive, Nov. 6, 3 to 7 p.m.

  • Boonsboro American Legion, 710 N. Main St., Nov. 19, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 141 W. North Ave., Nov. 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Nov. 23, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Hancock Community Center, 26 W. High St., Nov. 26, 3 to 7 p.m.

Transportation is available for seniors 60 and older who contact the Washington County Commission on Aging at least 48 hours ahead, at 301-790-0275, ext. 131.

The flu shots are free, but the health department is asking for a donation of $8. Because Medicare can be billed for administrative costs for the shots, the department is asking those on Medicare to bring their Medicare cards to the clinics.

In addition to flu inoculations, the health department will provide pneumonia vaccinations at the clinics.

Flu shots are recommended for people older than 65, anyone suffering from a chronic health condition such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, HIV or kidney disease, and those who are pregnant, Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel has said.

The vaccine doesn't make people immune to the illness, but makes it less likely they will come down with the flu.

Flu season runs from January through March, and peaks in February, but some people get the flu in December. The flu vaccine cannot cause the flu because it is made from a dead virus, Christoffel has said.

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