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Time To Think About Flu Shots

Seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination clinics, open to the public, will be held in three Sanatoga PA locations during early October. Flu shots are now scheduled for:

These events have been scheduled on The Sanatoga Post’s October and November calendars.

Costs for flu shots range between $25 and $30, depending on location. In some locations, pneumonia shots also are offered at a cost of about $50.

It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s cold and flu season, the VNA advises. The flu is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes, and lungs that can affect people of all ages. Getting vaccinated, the agency suggests, may be the best protection available against flu-related headaches, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, fever, fatigue and weakness.

The national Centers for Disease Control this year is recommending more children than ever – all those between the ages of 6 months and 19 years – receive flu shots. The vaccine previously was recommended only for high-risk kids and preschool children with weaker immune systems, but after seeing a dramatic rise in flu cases during 2007-2008, the CDC believes parents should protect healthy kids too.

“It is an essential shot because younger children are at greater risk for getting sick and seeing a doctor or requiring hospitalization,” Dr. Stephen Aronoff, chairman and professor of pediatrics at Temple University’s School of Medicine in Philadelphia, said last week in a press release.

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