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Delaware County to host free flu shot clinics

Delaware County to host free flu shot clinics

Posted on October 14, 2020

Delaware County is hosting free flu shot clinics on October 16 and 17 at the Broomall Fire Company, located at 1 North Malin Road in Broomall.

Free flu shots will be available to all residents of Delaware County, 3 years of age or older. Volunteers from the County’s Medical Reserve Corps will be supporting the County’s Department of Intercommunity Health and Emergency Management team. County Council and the County’s Department of Intercommunity Health are working to make it as safe and convenient as possible for residents to get vaccinated. The drive-through format is intended to make it safer and more convenient for older residents, those with disabilities, and parents with small children, especially 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. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older should get vaccinated against the flu.