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:
- 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, Sept. 10, 9-11 a.m., Hamlin Senior Center, 689-3766
• Thursday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Honesdale Senior Center, 323 10th Street, 253-4262
• Monday, Sept. 16, 9-11 a.m., Hawley Senior Center, 226-4209
• Thursday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Northern Wayne Fire Company, Lakewood, 798-2335
• Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2-6 p.m., Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 253-1960
• Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9-11 a.m., Damascus Twp Community Bldg., 224-421
• Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-noon, Senior Expo at Ladore Lodge, Waymart
The doors to all the centers will open at 8:30 am.
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 Diane Popovich, 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. Persons 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. A limited amount of doses, supplied by the Department of Health, will be available for a $5 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.
Pike County is hosting flu clinics on Thursday, Sept. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 2 in Blooming Grove from 9 a.m.-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. You can also visit http://aging.co.wayne.pa.us