for Immediate Release
of Health Offers Free Flu Vaccinations at 2014 PA Farm Show
– The Department of Health will offer free influenza vaccines at the 2014
Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 4-10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Jan. 11 from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
To date, influenza cases have been
reported in nearly every county of the state.
“Flu activity has been picking up in the
state, but we still have not peaked, which means we still have plenty of
activity ahead of us,” Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. “The best form of
prevention is a flu shot, and I encourage anyone who has not received one yet
to take advantage of the free flu vaccine the department is making available at
the Farm Show.”
under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the
vaccine. Appointments are not needed.
While the department recommends the flu vaccine for
everyone over the age of 6 months, the vaccine is especially important for
older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions
that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.
At this time, flu-related illness in Pennsylvania
is mostly due to type A influenza H1N1, which is well matched to this year’s
The department will also be providing hands only
CPR training at its booth this year, along with information on several topics
such as smoking cessation, lead poisoning prevention, organ donation and women’s
The department will be featured in the Main Hall by
the carousel located near the Maclay Street lobby. The 2014 Pennsylvania Farm
Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly
6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 4-11 at the Pennsylvania
Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free, and parking
is $10. For more information visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us
contact: Aimee Tysarczyk or Holli Senior, 717-787-1783