Thursday, January 17, 2013
While area pharmacies run short, the North Penn VNA serves communities in Upper Dublin Township.
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Thursday, January 17
As the nation's pharmacies start to run short on the proper flu vaccine, those in the areas of Maple Glen and Fort Washington have hope. According to an article in the Lansdale Reporter, the North Penn Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) has a bountiful supply of the vaccine and is offering them to the public. Maple Glen and Fort Washington zip codes are serviced by the North Penn VNA. "According to VNA spokesperson Theresa Humphreys, as of Wednesday morning the VNA still had 'several hundred flu shots available for the community,'" said the article. "Shots are free for adults who have Medicare as their primary health insurance. For everybody else, the shot costs $25, although an individual could potentially be reimbursed if they have health…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The influenza virus is widespread in the Philadelphia region and throughout most of the country; Montgomery County expands free vaccination hours.
Saturday, January 12
After last year's mildest flu season on record, influenza has returned with a vengeance. A "moderately severe outbreak" of "old-fashioned influenza" is filling emergency rooms across the region and the country. According to Dr. William Schaffner, Chair of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt University, this year's influenza outbreak began on the East Coast in November and quickly spread westward. The Philadelphia region, among other East Coast metropolitan areas, "is having a harder time" with the flu than many other parts of the country, Schaffner said in an interview with the Huffington Post. At Lehigh Valley Hospital, medical officials opened a "flu tent" outside the emergency room to handle the overflow. "If you …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Flu season typically begins in October and can run through May. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family.
Flu shots have never been easier to receive. Vaccinations are readily available in Montgomery County this flu season, even for people on the go, who might not have time to schedule a visit to the doctor's office. Get vaccinated at grocery stores like Giant and Acme, pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, Walmart, Target. You can even get your flu shot at one of Montgomery County Health Department's free clinics, including one this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Montgomery County Community College. But, are you guaranteed to get the flu if you don’t get vaccinated against it? Of course not—but here’s why getting a flu vaccine just might be worth your while. Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by …
Friday, September 7, 2012
No appointment necessary; Available anytime in-store pharmacy is open
Editor's note: The following post is a press release from Giant Food Stores. Carlisle, PA – In preparation for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets are again offering flu vaccinations at all of their instore pharmacies. No appointment is needed and walk-in vaccinations are provided any time the pharmacy is open by GIANT/MARTIN’S trusted in-store pharmacists. “Flu viruses change from year to year, which is why a new re-formulated flu vaccine is needed annually,” said Leigh Shirley, director of pharmacy. “GIANT and MARTIN’S care for the health and wellbeing of all of our customers and is your flu shot destination again this season.” Cost for the flu shot is $30 and most major insurance plans along…