Flu Fighter

Get the shot. Not the flu!

Delaware County Council urges residents to get immunized
Free walk-in flu clinics set for Oct. 13, 20 & Nov. 3 from 10am-2pm

Printable Free Walk-in Flu Clinics Flyer

For more information, visit the Intercommunity Health Department Flu Web Page

Delaware County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health Coordination (ICH) are announcing several flu prevention initiatives for the 2017-18 season, including two free walk-in clinics on Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Gardens in Drexel Hill; Oct. 20 at the Haverford YMCA; and a Drive-Thru Clinic at the Tinicum Fire Station on Nov. 3, all from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"As we say every year, the best way to prevent getting the flu, or spreading it to your co-workers and family members, is to get immunized," said County Councilman Dave White. "You can see from all of the signs at local pharmacies and clinics that flu vaccinations are now available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people get the flu vaccination in October."

The intensity and severity of flu seasons are difficult to predict. The effectiveness of the vaccine is dependent upon many variables. It is predicted that this year's vaccine will be effective and well matched to the circulating strains.

Currently, Australia is in the midst of one of its worst flu outbreaks on record. The bad news is that our flu season follows suit with the flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere which precedes us. The good news is that our vaccines seem a good match for the circulating flu viruses. Also new this year, the CDC recommends only the injection and not the nasal spray.

Delaware County's Flu Awareness Campaign aims to make it as convenient as possible for people to learn how to prevent the flu.

  • Awareness: Influenza information and recommendations are posted on the website at www.co.delaware.pa.us. Information includes a fact sheet about the flu, the types of vaccinations, CDC recommendations, flu symptoms and treatment.
  • Flu clinic information: The Department of Intercommunity Health makes available a calendar of flu clinics offered throughout the county also on the website. The clinics are listed by date and community.
  • Walk-in clinics Oct. 13, Oct. 20 & Nov. 3: All residents, ages 3 and older, who have not received a flu shot this season, are invited to attend the clinics, 10 am-2 pm. The free walk-in flu clinics will be staffed by medical professionals and workers from the County Department of Intercommunity Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Delaware County Community College School of Nursing. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the County's annual food drive collection.
  • Senior Citizens: Senior citizens are among the groups hardest hit by the flu. Several Senior Centers in Delaware County will hold flu clinics for their members. Interested seniors should call the Senior Center to ask about insurance and requirements to register. The Senior Citizen events are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 13, 10am-2pm
            Pilgrim Gardens Senior Center, 1074 Pontiac Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

Friday, Oct. 20, 10am-2pm
            Haverford Area YMCA, 891 N Eagle Road, Havertown, PA 19083

Friday, Nov. 3, 10am-2pm
Tinicum Fire Station: Drive-Thru Clinic, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA  19029

For more information on seasonal influenza, contact your local health care provider or visit www.health.state.pa.us. People can also visit www.flu.gov for information and educational videos. Information pertaining to flu shot availability is posted on the County website at www.co.delaware.pa.us. Click on the flu link. People who do not have Internet access can call the Department of Intercommunity Health Coordination at 610-891-5311 for sites and dates.

Spread the word! Not the germs!

Dr. George Avetian, Delaware County's Senior Medical Advisor, administers a flu vaccination to Councilman Dave White as Delaware County Council kicks off its 2017 Flu Prevention Campaign. As part of its campaign, County Council is holding a free, walk-in flu clinic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday Oct. 13 at Pilgrim Gardens in Drexel Hill and Oct. 20 at the Haverford YMCA. There is also a Drive-Thru Clinic scheduled at the Tinicum Fire Station on Nov. 3 also from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pictured, from left, Councilman John McBlain, Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Councilman Dave White (middle), Councilman Michael Culp, Chairman Mario Civera, Jr., and Dr. George Avetian.