Those wishing to be immunized against the flu this winter may now obtain their influenza vaccination from in Richland Township.
Flu shots are being administered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the center at 5830 Meridian Road. Medicare and most insurances are accepted. Shots are available on a walk-in basis to the public or through scheduling an appointment by calling 724-443-7231.
It’s easy, just pull up to the door and roll up your sleeve. Flu vaccinations will be available on a drive-through basis from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the turn-around in front of the medical center building.
The drive-through shots are intended for those with mobility difficulties -- call ahead to 724-443-7231.
Because influenza is an extremely contagious virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that people get vaccinated each year. Vaccinations are effective for three to six months.
This year’s vaccination will again include protection against H1N1, the strain of virus that caused many illnesses in 2009.
Because influenza can pose serious health threats and further complications, the CDC strongly advises certain populations to get vaccinated: those age 65 or older; people with a weakened immune system, heart disease, diabetes, asthma or other serious diseases; pregnant women; people working in a medical facility; and nursing home residents and employees.
Individuals with an allergy to eggs or egg products should not get the vaccination.