Flu vaccine clinics open in Philadelphia

October 15, 2009 10:13:30 AM PDT
Thursday marked the first day that eligible Philadelphia residents can receive the seasonal flu vaccine, free of charge.Ten city health care centers have opened their doors.

Follow the links below to find flu clinic vaccines in the city.

RELATED LINK: Philadelphia Department of Health
RELATED LINK: Find clincs distributing the SEASONAL flu vaccine.
RELATED LINK: Find clinics distributing the SWINE (H1N1) flu vaccine

The Action Cam was at the flu shot clinic at 2230 Cottman Avenue, just one of several locations that opened Thursday.

"Every year I get a flu shot. Every single year. I love it because, thank God, I never get colds," said Frida Hanan of Northeast Philadelphia.

The shots being distributed were not swine flu shots, but rather seasonal flu shots. But, as director Stuart Katz points out, thousands of people die every year and says it's important for people to be vaccinated.

"Anybody from the age of 0 to 18 years old, anybody over the age of 50, and anybody with serious health conditions that may subject them to secondary effects from the flu," Katz said.

In addition to the current locations, community centers will distribute flu shots starting on October 21st.

Last year, more than 120,000 shots were administered and health officials say there will be at least that many available this year.

You Need a Seasonal Flu Shot If:

  • You are aged 50 years or older
  • You are aged 6 months to 18 years
  • You will be pregnant during flu season
  • You work in a healthcare setting
  • You live with, or provide care for, a child 0-4 years old
  • You live with, or provide care for, a person 50 years old or older
  • You live in a nursing home or chronic care facility
  • You have a chronic medical condition that puts you at higher risk of complications from flu.
These chronic medical conditions are chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular disease (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, hematological, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or immunosuppression (caused by medications or HIV).

You Need a H1N1 (Swine) Flu Shot If:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are aged 6 months to 24 years of age
  • You live with an infant less than 6 months of age
  • You are a healthcare worker or emergency medical services worker
  • You are 25 to 64 years of age and have a chronic medical condition that puts you at higher risk of complications from flu.
These chronic medical conditions are chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular disease (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, cognitive, neurological/neuromuscular, hematological, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus), or immunosuppression (caused by medications or HIV).

RELATED INFORMATION:

FAQs about swine flu
Additional swine flu resources
Transcript of 6abc.com's swine flu chat with local experts

RELATED LINKS:

CDC Swine Flu site
World Health Organization

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Swine flu cases around the world

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