State offering free flu shots

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 5, 2012 4:01 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Free flu shots from the state are available this week, as health authorities brace for what's expected to be the most severe flu season in almost a decade.

Sixty state health centers, many Area Agencies on Aging and other health providers are offering the free immunizations.

Health Department spokeswoman Holli Senior says the shots are available to anyone over six months, but that doesn't mean the free clinics are right for all kids.

"We do recommend that if you're getting the influenza vaccine for the first time for your child that you go to your family physician," Senior says. "What happens is when you get your first influenza shot, you will need to get a second dose."

Senior says the flu season typically runs from October through May, so it's not too late to get a shot.

She says the state typically sees an increase in influenza cases after Thanksgiving each year.

More than 19,000 Pennsylvanians got the flu last year, with 21 percent of them being 65 years old or older.

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