Free flu and pneumonia shots are being offered by the Dauphin County commissioners, the county’s Area Agency on Aging and the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Pennsylvania to adults ages 60 and over in Dauphin County. The program is made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Approximately 65,000 people die from the flu each year. Nearly half of this number is represented by individuals who are age 65 or older. People with underlying medical conditions are especially at risk.
“Flu season usually begins in October and lasts through the winter months,” said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, who oversees the county’s Area Agency on Aging. “You can protect yourself against the flu by getting a flu shot every year at our free flu and pneumonia shot clinic, a physician’s office, or other location.”
The county’s flu and pneumonia shot clinics will be held at the following sites throughout the county:
- September 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Millersburg Senior Center, 109 Edward Drive, Millersburg,
- September 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., B’nai B’rith, 130 South Third Street, Harrisburg,
- October 1, from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m., Royalton Senior Center, 101 Northumberland Street, Royalton,
- October 2, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Hoy Towers Senior Center, 301 Mohn Street, Steelton,
- October 4, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Rutherford House, 3300 Parkview Lane, Harrisburg,
- October 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Colonial Park UCC Church, 5000 Devonshire Road, Harrisburg,
- October 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Heinz-Menaker Center, 1824 North 4th Street, Harrisburg, and
- October 11, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., East Hanover Township Municipal Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville.
“For older adults, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly,” said Dauphin County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Jeff Haste. “With flu season approaching, the time to get vaccinated is now.”
If you are age 65 or older and your primary insurance plan is Medical Assistance, you must see your primary care physician for your flu and pneumonia shots. Medicare HMO subscribers, except those with Geisinger Gold and Unison-Advantage, must receive shots through their HMO. All other Dauphin County residents age 60 and older are eligible to receive shots at the county’s clinics. Please bring all medical insurance cards, including your Medicare card, to the clinic.
If you are age 65 or older, you will likely just need one injection to protect yourself against pneumonia. Please consult with your physician before registering for the pneumonia vaccination.
Anyone with an egg allergy should not receive a flu shot but can receive a pneumonia shot.
If you have questions about the flu and pneumonia shot clinics, please call the county’s Area Agency on Aging at 717-780-6130.
“Getting the flu vaccine protects you from the flu and prevents you from spreading the flu to your spouse, children, or grandchildren,” said Commissioner Mike Pries. “Keep you and your family healthy by getting vaccinated.”