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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Flu shot clinics announced

  • 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:
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  • 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:
    Date/Time Location
    Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Northern Wayne Lakewood Community Center
    uesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Hamlin Senior Center, 689-3766
    ednesday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Damascus Twp Community Bldg., 224-4217
    hursday, Oct.11, 9 a.m. - noon Honesdale Senior Center, 323 10th Street, Honesdale, PA 253-4262
    uesday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Hawley Senior Center, 226-4209 Senior Expo @ Ladore Lodge, Waymart, PA
    hursday, Oct. 25, 19 a.m. - noon
    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. A limited amount of doses, supplied by the Department of Health, will be available for a $5 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 six months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
    Pike County Area Agency on Aging will offer flu shots on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Tuesday, Oct. 23. 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.

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