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Bucks County Offers Free Flu Shots at Three Clinics in September

September 10, 2019

Contact: Larry King, 215.348.6413 or lrking@buckscounty.org

The Bucks County Department of Health is offering free flu shots for all county residents ages 3 and older this month at three weekend clinics.

The first two vaccination clinics will be held this Saturday, September 14, at locations in Upper and Lower Bucks County from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or for as long as supplies last. One will be in the Quakertown area, at 261 California Road; the other will be in Levittown at 7321 New Falls Road.

A third clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, at 1282 Almshouse Road in Doylestown. Superhero Flyer Final (002)

With flu season almost upon us again, county officials strongly urge most residents to take the preventive step of being vaccinated. Influenza is a contagious disease caused by viruses that are spread mainly by coughing, sneezing and close contact.

Symptoms can range from fever, chills, sore throat, aches, coughing, and runny noses to more serious effects such as pneumonia, blood infections, diarrhea and seizures. Flu can aggravate existing conditions such as heart or lung disease, and is especially dangerous for the very young, the very old, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.

Getting vaccinated can keep you from getting the flu, minimize the symptoms if you do, and keep you from spreading it to others.

“The bottom line is that the flu vaccine gives you the best chance of staying healthy throughout the flu season,” said Dr. David C. Damsker, director of the county’s health department. “Don’t hesitate … vaccinate.”

Please exercise caution, however, if you have any severe, life-threatening allergies; make sure you tell this in advance to the person administering the vaccine. Some people with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome should also not get the flu vaccine.

And if you are not feeling well, you may be asked to get your vaccination later, when you are feeling better.

For more information, please contact the Bucks County Department of Health at 215-345-3328 or visit www.buckscounty.org/health or www.facebook.com/buckshealthdept/