DelCo hosting flu shot clinics

Drive-thru flu shot clinics start this week in Delaware County.

Delaware County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health are announcing multiple free public flu shot clinics to be held in October. Flu shots will be available to all residents of Delaware County, 3 years of age and up. No insurance is required, and no appointments are necessary.

These will be drive-thru clinics, which provide a safe and convenient process for residents to get vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. The drive-through format is especially safe and more convenient for older residents, those with disabilities, parents with small children, and those who may be immunocompromised and continue to exercise an abundance of caution during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

All residents are urged to get a flu shot. The intensity and severity of flu seasons are difficult to predict, and the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is dependent on many variables. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found immunization reduces the risk of flu illness by 40-60 percent during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine.

Receiving a flu shot is the first and most important step in preventing the flu and decreasing the risk of severe flu-related illnesses. Each year, 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized due to complications from the flu.

Flu Shot Clinic Dates and Locations

  • The first clinic will be held on Thursday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Tinicum Fire Company located at 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA 19029.
  • The second clinic will be held Friday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Middletown Fire Company located at 425 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063.
  • The third clinic will be held Thursday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Broomall Fire Company located at 1 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008.

Only the Fluzone Quadrivalent Influenza vaccine will be used – high-dose vaccines for residents 65 years of age and older will not be available.

Residents must wear a mask/face covering to the flu clinic and are asked to wear short sleeves to ensure that shots can be administered easily. In the event of inclement weather, please be aware that the flu clinic may be canceled.

For more information or questions regarding the clinics please contact the Delaware County Call Center at 484-276–2100.

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