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Department of Health Offers Free Flu Vaccinations at 2014 PA Farm Show

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Jan. 3, 2014

 

Department of Health Offers Free Flu Vaccinations at 2014 PA Farm Show 

 

Harrisburg – 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.”

 

Anyone 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 flu vaccine.

 

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 wellness.

 

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

 

Media contact: Aimee Tysarczyk or Holli Senior, 717-787-1783

 

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