In Philadelphia, the Department of Public Health has announced seasonal influenza immunizations will be administered without charge to eligible Philadelphia residents, on a walk-in basis, at the City's Health Care Centers, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 3PM, through March 2010. The City Health Care Centers providing immunizations are located at:
#1 1400 Lombard St.,9 AM – 4 PM
#2 1720 S. Broad St., 9-11 AM and 1:30-3 PM
#3 555 S. 43rd St., 9-11 AM; 2-4 PM and Monday 5-7 PM
#4 4400 Haverford Ave., 9-11 AM; 1:30-3 PM
#5 1900 N. 20th St., 9-11 AM and 1:30-3 PM
#6 301 W. Girard Ave., 9-11 AM and 2- 4 PM
#9 131 E. Chelten Ave., 9-11:30 AM; 1-3 PM
#10 2230 Cottman Ave., 8:30-11:30 AM; 12:30-3 PM
Strawberry Mansion Health Care Center, 2840 W. Dauphin St., 8:30-11 AM; 1-3 PM
Those eligible for the seasonal flu vaccine are residents who are age 50 and older, 19 or older with a chronic medical condition, pregnant women, or adults who have close contact with children under age five, the elderly, the chronically ill, or with pregnant women.
The first doses of H1N1 influenza vaccine arrived in Philadelphia last week; but it is too early for the general public to obtain the vaccine. The majority of this first shipment of vaccine will go to a few pediatric practices that will receive only a few hundred doses each.
Over the next few weeks, additional vaccine will become available. By the end of October, the Centers for Disease Control projects that more than 52 million doses of H1N1 vaccine will be shipped to the nation's health care providers. Philadelphia is expected to receive approximately 260,000 doses of that supply.
Nationally, flu information can be found at www.flu.gov
Pennsylvania's health department has a website devoted to the flu, particularly the H1N1 flu, at www.h1n1inpa.com.
Acme Markets is offering a limited number of flu shots. To find a store location, go to Acme markets.Giant Markets will have flu shots available, but is canceling clinics after Octboer 22nd. To find a clinic, go to www.giantfoodstores.com.
The parent company of Pathmark and SuperFresh is offering flu shots. You can find information at www.getmyflushot.comPremier Medical Centers, a group of urgent care centers, has the H1N! vaccine. Get information at Premier Immediate Medical Care.
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