It's the flu season and the best way to protect yourself is with a flu shot.
Those interested in getting the vaccine should get it as soon as it's available.
Officials say it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu, and then the benefits last for up to a year.
The flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It's not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year.
The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.
See if there's a flu shot clinic near you:
Watch for updates as information becomes available.
The Bucks County Agency on Aging is offering free flu shots for uninsured older adults.
Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middletown Senior Center, 2142 Trenton Road, Levittown;
Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pennridge Community Center, 146 E. Main Street, Perkasie;
Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Bucks Senior Center, 700 Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown.
Call a location to sign up.
For more information, call the agency on aging at 267-880--5700.
Thanks to a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and a generous donation from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), the Allentown Health Bureau will administer free flu shots on five dates:
Fri., Nov. 22, Fri. Dec. 6 and Fri., Dec. 13 from from 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Alliance Hall, 245 N. Sixth Street.
In addition, the flu vaccine will be available on Wed., Dec. 11 from 7 - 11 a.m. at Dunkin Donuts at 112 N. Sixth Street, and on Fri., Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at Little Apple Market at 630 N. Seventh Street.
These vaccines are available free of charge to all ages--proof of Allentown residency is not required.
The nasal mist is available only to those 2 - 18 years of age.
Lehigh Valley Health Network will hold its annual drive-through flu shot clinic during two sessions in November. Immunizations will be free for adults and children six months and older.
Shots will be administered at Dorney Park on Saturday, Nov. 9 and at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Sunday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
Once again, LVHN is partnering with area food banks and shelters, including the Allentown Area Ecumenical Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank, Allentown Rescue Mission and the AIDS Activities Office food pantry.
The network is accepting non-perishable food items during each of the drive-through sessions. Food donations are optional and not required to receive a shot.
LVHN is hoping to surpass last year's collection of 13,491 pounds of food.
Those planning to receive a shot are urged to register in advance online. Hourly slots are available for both sessions. Reservation times are estimates and not guaranteed.
This year, those 65 and older will be offered the Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine, which contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) contained in regular flu shots. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response in the person getting the vaccine.
LVH officials said vaccine supplies are expected to be plentiful this year and so the public should not be concerned about being able to get a shot.
To register, go to lvhn.org and click on 'programs and events.' There's also a consent form and maps of both locations.
Those planning to receive a flu shot during LVHN's November drive-thru vaccinations are asked to abide by the following requests:
• Access a vaccine information sheet and consent form for each person to be vaccinated at lvhn.org, or request forms by calling 610-402-CARE (2273).
• Complete the consent form and bring it with you when you get vaccinated.
• Dress appropriately—loose-fitting clothing for the shot to be administered in the arm of an adult and the leg of children less than two (2) years old.
• Please NO PETS in the vehicle.
The Montgomery County Health Department is gearing up for the flu season with flu vaccine clinics throughout the county.
The shots are free for county residents.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 3 - 6 p.m., Upper Merion Twp. Building, 175 West Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia
Thursday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Rd., Abington
Friday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Pottstown
Saturday, Nov. 2, Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg
Additional influenza immunization clinics held by Community Health Services in partnership with the Montgomery County Health Department are listed below.
Registration is required and is for those 65 years and older. To register, please call: 1-866-CALL-MLH.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, 35 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore
Wednesday, Oct. 23, PALM Senior Center of Ardmore, 117 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore
Monday, Nov. 4, Upper Merion Senior Center, 650 Henderson Road, King of Prussia
The shots are free for Montgomery County residents. The Health Department will continue to vaccinate residents throughout the winter, or as long as they have the vaccine available.
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