Four Area Flu Shot Sites Opening During October

NORRISTOWN PA – Immunization clinics for the 2020-2021 flu season will be held throughout October in Pottstown, Oaks, Pennsburg, Green Lane, and six other sites in Montgomery County, its Office of Public Health announced Monday (Sept. 28, 2020). New this year is the need to make an appointment and supply registration information online or by phone to receive a shot at any drive-through or walk-up site.

“Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever,” according to Dr. Valerie A. Arkoosh, chair of the county Board of Commissioners. It helps reduce the chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others, she noted. Because COVID-19 “will likely continue into the fall and winter” and “may overlap with the flu season,” Arkoosh added, the possibility exists that both viruses could occur in communities at the same time.

Drive-through clinics will be conducted at:

  • Upper Perkiomen Middle School, 901 Montgomery Ave., Pennsburg PA;
  • Oaks Convention Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks PA; and
  • at two other sites in Blue Bell and Wyncote.

Walk-in clinics will be held at the:

County Health Office, 364 King St., Pottstown PA;
Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane PA; and
at four others sites in Lansdale, Willow Grove, Norristown, and Ardmore.

A complete list of all sites and their addresses can be found online, here. Appointment dates and times vary by location. They can be found, and registrations accepted online at http://www.montcopa.org/flu, or by calling 610-278-5145.

Flu clinics are open to people who live, work, or attend school in Montgomery County, and depend on vaccine availability to operate. Flu vaccinations will be provided to those age six months or older. Accommodations for persons with disabilities are available. Vaccinations are at no cost for county residents, but the office will bill those with health insurance.

Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. Most experts believe the flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. The virus can be transmitted even before flu-like symptoms appear.

A person usually becomes sick one to four days following exposure to the virus. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

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