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West Chester, PA 19380
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Flu vaccine are available for adults and children over the age of 6 months. No appointment necessary. See clinic times below:
Tuesdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesdays 11:00am - 6:00pm
Fridays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Please print and complete both pages of the appropriate
flu consent form
and bring it with you to the clinic.
Vaccine can be paid for by personal check, cash, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express (service fees apply for credit card payments).
Medicare Part B and Railroad clients must bring a copy of their medicare and secondary insurance cards, and either a driver’s license, or a photo ID. Clients with an HMO as their secondary insurance will be required to pay by one of the payment methods listed above.
Flu vaccine is free for un- and under-insured families
Injectable ages 6 mos and older
FluMist ages 2-49 (preferred for healthy 2-8 year olds)
High dose vaccine ages 65 and older
Flublok vaccine - ages 18 and older with egg allergy
*call for availability
For children under age 18, either a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to the clinic. If it is a legal guardian, documentation must be presented. The parent/legal guardian must bring a copy of the child’s immunization records. Records may be faxed to the Health Department at 610-344-4533 - Attention: Flu Clinic.
The Health Department is not able to administer flu vaccine to anyone with the following conditions:
Severe allergy to eggs or other vaccine components such as Gelatin and Gentamicin
Acute illness, with or without fever
Adverse reaction to prior influenza immunization
Children under 6 months of age
History of Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome following influenza vaccination. Anyone with a history of Guillain Barre’ Syndrome that has occurred within six weeks of previous influenza vaccination must have a written order from their primary care provider on pre-printed script or letterhead.
FLU VACCINE FACTS - Please read if you are receiving your first flu vaccine
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. In a way, the vaccine is tricking your body into thinking you are infected. Active immunity from vaccine requires the body to detect the flu germs in order to make the protective antibodies. 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.
Annual outbreaks of the seasonal flu usually occur in late fall through early spring. Most people have natural immunity, but the best way to protect yourself from seasonal flu is to get the vaccine. In a typical year, approximately 5-20% of the population gets the seasonal flu and approximately 36,000 will die from the flu.
Runny or stuffy nose
High Risk Groups for the Seasonal Flu
People age 65 and older
Children younger than 2 years old
People of any age who have chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure, lung disease)
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.
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