Flu Vaccine

Stopping the flu starts with you!

The #1 way to protect yourself and your family from the flu it to get vaccinated each year

Flu is a very serious disease that strikes even healthy people. The single most effective protection for the flu is getting the flu vaccine. It is recommended that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots this coming flu season. Nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available.
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The Chester County Health Department is partnering with VaxCare to bill most health insurance plans for clinics at the Health Department and community outreaches. If you have health insurance, bring your insurance card to the clinic. Your health insurance coverage will be confirmed prior to receiving the vaccine. If you do not have health insurance, or if your health insurance does not cover the flu vaccine, it will be provided at no cost to you.

Unfortunately, the Health Department is unable to provide the flu vaccine to adults (age 19 and older) who participate in any of the PA Medical Assistance insurance plans. (PA Medical Assistance plans include Keystone First, United Healthcare Community Plan, Health Partners, Coventry Cares, and Aetna Better Health.) Please consult your primary care provider or a participating pharmacy for the vaccine. Flu vaccine is available at no charge to children if they have Medical Assistance insurance plans.

There are two ways to receive the flu vaccine from the Health Department

1. Schedule an appointment 

  • Tuesday - 1-4pm
  • Wednesdays - noon-6pm
  • Fridays - 9am-4pm

2. Attend a school or community clinic

Public Clinics

Date/Time Location
Sept 16, 9am-2pm Honey Brook Presbyterian Church,4331 Horseshoe Pk, Honey Brook
Sept 28, 2:45-6pm Great Valley High School, 255 N Phoenixville Pk, Malvern
Oct 5, 3-7pm Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square
Oct 12, 2:30-6pm Octorara Senior High School, 226 Highland Rd, Atglen
Oct 19, 2:30-6pm Kennett High School, 100 E South St, Kennett Square
Oct 23, 2:30-6pm Avon Grove High School, 257 State Road, West Grove
Oct 26, 2:30-6pm Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis La, West Chester
Oct 30, 4-7pm Coatesville High School, 1445 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville
Nov 2, 3:30-6:30pm Barkley Elementary School, 320 2nd Ave, Phoenixville
Nov 3, 6-8:30pm Oxford Union Fire Co., 315 Market St, Oxford
Nov 6, 3-6pm Owen J Roberts Middle School, 881 Ridge Rd, Pottstown
Flu shots will be available for people aged 6 months and older. Completed consent forms (link to the consent form, which is attached) should be returned to the school nurse at least one week before the scheduled clinic. 

Clinics open to Students and Staff Only

Date/Time Location
Oct 6, 8:30am-12:30pm Avon Grove Charter School, 110 State Rd, West Grove
Oct 6, 8:30am-12:30pm Early Learning Center at Kemblesville, 1769 New London Rd, Landenburg
Oct 12, noon-2:30 pm Octorara Senior High School, 226 Highland Rd, Atglen
Oct 27, 8:45am-12:30pm Collegium Charter School, 535 James Hance Ct, Exton
Oct 30, noon-3:30pm Coatesville High School, 1445 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville

Links



Flu Facts

  • You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine. The viruses are killed or weakened so they cannot replicate.
  • The flu vaccine takes approximately two weeks to generate protective antibodies, so for the two weeks after receiving your vaccine, practice good health habits to avoid getting the flu.
  • Side effects from your vaccine are not actual flu infection but a response from your immune system to the flu germs in the vaccine. Side effects are an initial response from your immune system to the killed or weakened flu germs and are generally mild and resolve in 1-3 days. Taking pain relievers will not interfere with the vaccine and may be taken for comfort if necessary.
  • Each year, the flu vaccine protects against different flu viruses. A new immunization is required each year.

 Prevention

  • The single most effective protection for the flu is getting the flu vaccine.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Avoid contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay home for seven days after your symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. This is to keep from infecting others and spreading the virus further.
  • Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures.

For questions about flu vaccine, call 610-344-6252 or email.