Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Home Health Department and the Area Agency on Aging in Wayne County will offer flu shots for the 2012-2013 season at the following locations:
• Thursday, October 4th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Northern Wayne Lakewood Community Center
• Tuesday, October 9th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Hamlin Senior Center, 689-3766
• Wednesday, October 10th, 9a.m.-11 a.m. Damascus Twp Community Bldg., 224-4217
• Thursday, October 11th, 9a.m.-12 noon Honesdale Senior Center, 323 10th Street, Honesdale, PA 253-4262
• Tuesday, October 16th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Hawley Senior Center, 226-4209
• Thursday, October 25th, 9 a.m.- noon Senior Expo at Ladore Lodge, Waymart.
The doors to all the centers will open at 8:30 a.m. A “number system” will be used to facilitate flow. Anyone seeking a flu shot must go to the Senior Center on the day the shot is given and pick up a numbered ticket at which time they will be told their vaccination time. In this way, people can leave and come back at their scheduled time.
Hospital personnel will follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for this year’s flu shots, according to Mary Lou Hoffner, RN, Manager of Wayne Memorial Home Health. That means that flu shots will be prioritized. Doses will be administered to people age 60 or older and people at risk who have a prescription from their physician. Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care and residents of long-term care facilities will also be on the priority list. No flu shots will be offered at these clinics to children.
Flu shots are covered by some insurance plans, including Medicare, Geisinger Health Plan and First Priority. Please have your insurance information available on the day of the clinic. Other health insurance plans do not cover flu shots (Blue Cross and Medical Assistance Access). If you have to pay for a vaccine, the private pay charge will be $25.00. A limited amount of doses, supplied by the Department of Health, will be available for a $5.00 fee (example: Medical Assistance). Please call ahead if you need special consideration.
A “flu shot” contains an inactivated vaccine (killed or dead virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
Pike County dates
Pike County Area Agency on Aging will offer flu shots on Wednesday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 23rd. Please call (570)775-5550 for more information.
For more information, such as specific directions to a site, you may contact the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262.