Stopping the flu starts with you!
The #1 way to protect yourself and your family from the flu it to get vaccinated each yearFlu 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.
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 a flu vaccine from the Health Department:
1. Schedule an appointment at the Health Department
Flu vaccine is given on the following days each week
- Tuesdays 9am - 4pm
- Wednesdays 11am - 6pm
- Fridays 9am - 4pm
2. Attend a school-located community clinic
|October 3||Owen J. Robers Middle School||881 Ridge Rd. Pottstown||3-6 PM|
|October 4||Honey Brook Elementary||1530 Walnut Rd. Honey Brook||3-6 PM|
|October 6||Downingtown High School West||445 Manor Ave, Downingtown||2:30-6 p.m.|
|October 13||Unionville High School||750 Unionville Rd, Kennett Square||2:30-6:30 p.m.|
|October 18||Avon Grove High School||257 East State Rd, West Grove||2:30-6 p.m.|
|October 20||Phoenixville Middle School||1000 Purple Pride Parkway, Phoenixville||3-6 p.m.|
|October 24||Coatesville High School||1445 E. Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville||3-7 p.m.|
|October 25||Octoraras Senior High School||226 Highland Rd, Atglen||2:30-6 p.m.|
|October 26||Fugett Middle School||500 Ellis Lane, West Chester||2:30-5:30 p.m.|
|November 1||Kennett High School||100 E South St., Kennett Square||2:30-6:30 p.m.|
|November 3||Downingtown High School East||50 Devon Drive, Exton||2:30-6 p.m.|
|November 9||Fugett Middle School||500 Ellis Lane, West Chester||2:30-5:30 p.m.|
|November 14||Great Valley High School||225 N Phoenixville Pike, Malvern||2:45-6 p.m.|
Flu shots will be available for people aged 3 and older, Consent forms will be available at the clinics. If you are insured, please bring your insurance card.
|October 7||Avon Grove Charter
Early Learning Center
|110 E State Rd, West Grove
1769 New London Rd, Landenburg
8:30 am - 12:30 p.m.
|October 14||Collegium Charter School||535 James Hance Ct, Exton||8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.|
|October 20||Phoenixville Middle School||1000 Purple Pride Parkway, Phoenixville||11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|October 21||Oxford-Hopewell Elementary School||602 Garfield St, Oxford||9 a.m.-3 p.m.|
|October 24||Coatesville High School||1445 E. Lincoln Hwy, Coatesville||12:30-3 p.m.|
|November 4||Oxford-Elk Ridge Elementary
Oxford High School
|200 Wickersham Rd, Oxford
705 Waterway Rd, Oxford
8:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Flu shots will be available for people aged 3 and older. Completed consent forms (links to forms) should be returned to the school nurse at least a week before the scheduled clinic.
- Flu vaccine consent forms: English and Spanish
- Flu Vaccine Information Statement: English and Spanish
- CDC - Flu
- Information for Health Professionals
- Pregnant women need a flu shot - Fact Sheet
- 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.
- 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, please call 610-344-6252 or send us an email.