Flu Vaccine

Flu Vaccine Protects You and Your Family!

Flu is a very serious disease that strikes even healthy people. The single most effective protection against flu is getting the flu vaccine. It is recommended that all people aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine every year. 

The Health Department will carry the following flu shots this coming season:

  • Regular 4-strain flu shots for people aged 6 months and older
  • Flublok egg-free flu shots for people aged 18 and older
  • Fluzone High Dose flu shots for people aged 65 years and older

The Chester County Health Department is partnering with VaxCare to bill most health insurance plans for flu vaccine provided 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, a regular 4-strain flu shot 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 with Medical Assistance insurance plans.

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

       1.    Schedule an appointment at the Health Department

                   Select Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm
                   Wednesdays  2 - 6pm
                   Fridays  9 am - noon

       2.    Attend a school or community-located clinic.

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School and community-located clinics open to the public:
Flu Vaccine Program - Sites Open to the Public 
 Date Site Address Time
 9/27/2018 Great Valley Middle School 225 N Phoenixville Pk, Malvern 2:30 to 6 P.M.
 10/4/2018 Unionville High School 750 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square 3 to 7 P.M.
10/5/2018  Oxford Union Fire Company #1 315 Market St, Oxford 5:30 to 8 P.M.
10/11/2018 Octorara Senior High School 226 Highland Rd, Atglen 2:30 to 6 P.M.
10/15/2018 Fugett Middle School 500 Ellis Ln, West Chester 2:30 to 6 P.M.
10/18/2018 Kennett High School 100 E South St, Kennett Square 2:30 to 6:30 P.M.
10/25/2018 Avon Grove High School 257 State Rd, West Grove 2:30 to 6:30 P.M.
10/27/2018  Phoenixville Hospital's Fall Festival Phoenixville Hospital Parking Lot on Nutt Road 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
10/29/2018 Coatesville Senior High School 1445 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville 4 to 7 P.M.
11/5/2018 Owen J Roberts Middle School 881 Ridge Rd, Pottstown 3 to 6 P.M.
Flu shots will be available for people aged 6 months and older. Consent forms will be available at the clinics. If you are insured, please bring your insurance card.

School-located-clinics open to school students and staff only:
Flu Vaccine Program - Sites Closed to the Public 
 Date Site Address Time
 10/11/2018 Octorara Senior High School 226 Highland Rd, Atglen 12:30 to 2:30 P.M.
10/12/2018 Collegium Charter School 535 James Hance Ct, Exton 8:45 A.M. to 12 P.M.
10/19/2018 Avon Grove Charter School 110 State Rd, West Grove 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
10/19/2018 Early Learning Center at Kemblesville 1769 New London Rd, Landenberg
10/29/2018 Coatesville Senior High School 1445 E Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville 12:30 to 3 P.M.
Flu shots will be available for people aged 6 months and older. Online registration links are available through the participating schools.

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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.