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:
- Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at CVS Pharmacy, 1833 E. High St.;
- Oct. 8, from 2-6 p.m., for all ages, at the pharmacy in K-Mart, 2200 E. High St.; and
- Oct. 10, from 3-6 p.m., for all ages, at the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E. High St. A second VNA clinic has also been scheduled in Sanatoga for Nov. 10. Specific payment and insurance limitations apply at VNA clinics; call the agency for details at 610-327-5700. A brochure on VNA clinics scheduled in Berks County is available for download.
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.