Wayne Memorial Hospital's Home Health Department and the Area Agency on Aging in Wayne County will offer flu shots for the 2013-2014 season at the following locations:
Tuesday, September 10th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Hamlin Senior Center, (570) 689-3766
Thursday, September 12th, 9 a.m.-12 noon at Honesdale Senior Center, 323 10th Street, (570) 253-4262
Monday, September 16th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Hawley Senior Center, (570) 226-4209
Thursday, September 19th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Northern Wayne Fire Company, Lakewood, (570) 798-2335
Tuesday, September 24th, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, (570)253-1960
Wednesday, September 25th, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Damascus Twp Community Bldg., (570) 224-4217
Thursday, October 31st 10 a.m.-12 noon at Senior Expo at Ladore Lodge, Waymart
The doors to all the centers will open at 8:30 am and there will be a number system 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, which means flue shots will be prioritized said Manager of Wayne Memorial Health Diane Popovich. 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. People should have their 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). 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 six months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
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Pike County is hosting flu clinics on Thursday, September 26 and Wednesday, October 2 in Blooming Grove 9 a.m. -12 noon. Call (570) 775-5550 for more information on the Pike County Area Agency on Aging flu shot clinics.
For more information, such as specific directions to a site, you may contact the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262 or visit http://aging.co.wayne.pa.us.