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Tri-State flu clinics

October 17, 2005|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Health and senior citizen groups are organizing influenza vaccination clinics or scheduling individual appointments.

They include:

Washington County



  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Loyalton of Hagerstown, 20009 Rosebank Way, Hagers-town. For people not covered by Medicaid Part B, the cost is $25 for a flu shot and $35 for a pneumonia shot.

  • From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Eden Pines Assisted Living, 310 Cameo Drive, off Eastern Boulevard, Hagerstown. For people not covered by Medicare, the cost is $25 for a flu shot and $35 for a pneumonia shot.

  • On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Washington County Health Department is attempting to vaccinate as many as 8,000 adults during a countywide drill. This is for people at risk for serious illness from influenza, including:

  • Ages 65 and older

  • Nursing home residents

  • Adults with chronic medical illnesses

  • People with compromised immune systems, including people with diabetes, HIV and kidney dysfunction

  • Pregnant women

  • Health-care workers

  • Household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children as old as 23 months.


To make an appointment, call the hot line at 240-313-3456 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 8. Phone lines could be busy so health department officials are encouraging people to be patient and call again in a few minutes if the line is busy.

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A drive-through clinic will be available for people with physical disabilities at Community Rescue Service on Eastern Boulevard.

Vaccination clinics will be set up Nov. 15 at Hagers-town Elks Lodge No. 378, 11063 Robinwood Drive; Hancock Community Center, 126 W. High St., Hancock; American Legion Post 10, 710 N. Main St., Boonsboro; American Legion Post 202, 400 American Legion Ave., Williamsport; and Smithsburg Fire Hall, 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg.

The flu vaccine will be free for people who present their Medicare card. Otherwise the cost is a $15 donation.

  • On Monday, Nov. 28, the Washington County Health Department will have an Influenza Immunization Clinic at Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378, 11063 Robinwood Drive. To make an appointment, call the hot line at 240-313-3456 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 22.


People eligible for the vaccine will be determined based on available vaccine supply.

The flu vaccine will be free for people who present their Medicare card. Otherwise the cost is a $15 donation.

  • Appointments can be made through the Washington County Health Department for flu vaccination for children at risk of influenza by calling 240-313-3210 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Child target groups are:

  • Ages 6 months to 23 months.

  • Children with a chronic illness.

  • Children age 6 months to 18 years old who are on long-term aspirin therapy.


Franklin County, Pa.



  • From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Waynesboro Senior Center, 912 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa.

  • From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 - Chambersburg Recreation Center, 235 S. Third St., Chambersburg, Pa.

  • From 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 7 - Fort Loudon Senior Center, 142 Mullen St., Fort Loudon, Pa.


For the three clinics above, priority will be given to people ages 60 and older for flu vaccine shots. For people not covered by Medicare Part B or insurance, the cost is $34.

Free pneumonia shots for prevention against the bacteria that causes pneumonia also will be available for eligible people ages 65 and older.

These clinics are sponsored by Franklin County area physicians, Summit Health (includes Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals), Cumberland Valley Immunization Coalition and Franklin County Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, call Franklin County Area Agency on Aging at 1-717-263-2153.

Berkeley County, W.Va.



  • From 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays (except holidays). Immunization Clinic for walk-ins. Berkeley County Health Department, 800 Emmett Rousch Drive, Martinsburg. For people not covered by Medicare Parts A and B, a $15 donation is requested.

  • From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. All-day Flu Clinic. Berkeley County Health Department, 800 Emmett Rousch Drive, Martinsburg. Call 1-304-263-5131 on Tuesday, Oct. 25, to learn what the latest population priorities are for who gets vaccinations. For people not covered by Medicare Parts A and B, a $15 donation is requested.


Jefferson County, W.Va.



  • Residents can call the Jefferson County Health Clinic at 1-304-728-8416 to schedule an appointment for flu vaccination.


Morgan County, W.Va.



  • Call the Morgan County Health Department at 1-304-258-1513 to make an appointment for a flu shot. For people not covered by Medicare, a $15 donation is requested.





The American Lung Association has an online search tool to find a flu clinic near you. Go to www.findaflushot.com/lungusa and type in your ZIP code.

These include clinics at local drugstores.




Muscular Dystrophy Association will provide free flu shots to people with any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in the association's program.

For information, call 1-800-572-1717 or go to www.mdausa.org.

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