Only half of the adults who could benefit from a flu shot intend to get one this year, according to the results of a telephone survey announced last week by CVS Pharmacies. The survey, conducted during September among more than 1,000 people age 18 and older, also showed that one motivator to get vaccinated is adults’ fear they’ll become sick by being exposed to someone who already has the flu.
Flu vaccination clinics open to the public are scheduled at Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township and Sanatoga locations this week and later this month:
- Today (Oct. 8, 2008) from 2-6 p.m., for all ages, at the pharmacy in K-Mart, 2200 E. High St.;
- Friday (Oct. 10, 2008) from 3-6 p.m., for all ages, at the Visiting Nurse Association of Pottstown and Vicinity, 1963 E. High St.;
- and Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Redner’s Warehouse Market, 1300 N. Charlotte St.
Costs for flu shots range between $25 and $30, depending on location. In some locations, pneumonia shots also are offered at a cost of between $40 and $50. 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 limited number of FREE flu shots is being made available by St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Reading PA because it said it had a surplus of vaccine. The no-cost shots will be distributed Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boscov’s Department Store in Coventry Mall, Route 100 at Route 724, Pottstown PA. For information, call 610-988-4357.
The national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends vaccinations, as soon as they become available, for all children from 6 months through age 18; as well as for high-risk individuals, including people with existing medical conditions, residents of nursing homes, and those who work in health care settings.
An estimated 36,000 individuals die from influenza-related illnesses each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports. Rates of serious illness and death are highest among persons over age 65, it said.