SANATOGA PA – Flu shots that are free to Montgomery County residents age 6 months and older will be distributed in Sanatoga, Pennsburg, King of Prussia, and four other municipalities during a month-long period between late September and late October (2012), in a program jointly sponsored by the county Health and Public Safety departments, they announced Friday (Sept. 14).
Immunization clinics to battle the flu are scheduled for:
- Oct. 26 (Friday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga;
- Sept. 29 (Saturday), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Rd., Pennsburg; and
- Oct. 16 (Tuesday), from 3-6 p.m., at the Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia.
- Others also are scheduled to be held in Norristown, Maple Glen, Blue Bell and Abington, on the days and times shown in the accompanying chart.
Some of the sites are labeled as “drive-throughs,” which means all residents will be vaccinated in cars only and no walk-up shots will be administered. No Pneumococcal or Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine will be given at any clinic, the county said.
Residents who are Medicare eligible should bring their Medicare card.
Department representatives said receiving a seasonal flu vaccine annually is important because influenza is an exceedingly common virus that becomes more common during the winter months. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to one quarter of Americans comes down with the flu during its prime season, which typically lasts from November to March.
Vaccine experts suggest that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season.
For more information about the vaccine or clinic schedules, call the Health Department at 610-278-5145.