National Influenza Immunization Week runs Dec. 8 - 14
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With record amounts of flu vaccine available, the Pennsylvania Department of Health today teamed with the Hershey Bears to offer free flu shots to hockey fans attending the Hershey Bears-Norfolk game at the Giant Center.
"One in six Pennsylvanians comes down with the flu every year, resulting in 8,400 hospitalizations and more than 1,000 deaths," said Deputy Health Secretary Michael Huff. "That is why it is extremely important for everyone -- not just those at greatest risk -- to receive a flu shot."
Rates of serious illness and death are highest among persons over the age of 65. Other high-risk individuals include those with existing medical conditions, children aged 6 months through 23 months, residents of nursing homes, and health care workers.
The influenza vaccine is recommended for:
National Influenza Immunization week is an effort to promote use of the flu vaccine through the winter months. It only takes up to 10 days to build up immunity once you receive the vaccine. Flu cases traditionally peak between January and March.
For more information on influenza, contact the Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH or visit www.health.state.pa.us and click on the immunization link.
CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman (717) 787-1783
|SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health|
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