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Geisinger offers flu shot clinics, drive thru shots available

Events for patients ages 3 and older

LEWISTOWN — The best defense against getting the flu is by getting a flu shot. This year, Geisinger is trying to make it easier to get one by hosting three Super Saturday flu vaccine events through October.

Select Geisinger community medicine offices are hosting drive-thru flu shot events for patients and Geisinger Health Plan members ages 3 and older. Select Geisinger 65 Forward Health Centers are also offering walk-in or drive-thru flu vaccine events for patients and Geisinger Health Plan members age 65 and older.

All Super Saturday flu vaccine events are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Super Saturdays are Oct. 2 and Oct. 16.

“While we had a relatively mild flu season last year, we cannot let our guard down against the flu this year,” said Stanley Martin, M.D., Geisinger director of infectious diseases. “This year it’s going to be critical for everyone who is able to be vaccinated against the flu to help keep unnecessary flu hospitalizations to a minimum. Getting your flu vaccine is the best way to do that.”

Flu season generally begins in late October and runs through May. Getting vaccinated early in the season is the best defense to keep yourself and those around you flu-free, Martin said.

Locally, the Geisinger Lewistown Community Medicine facility at 21 Geisinger Lane is offering a drive-through flu shot clinic.

There’s no need to preregister to get a flu shot. Attendees must wear a mask and loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to the upper arm.

When arriving at a drive-thru vaccination site, follow all directional signage. Attendees will need to fill out a short electronic form before receiving a flu shot. Attendees are to remain inside their vehicle next to an opening window, and be aware that staff will not enter vehicles to provide flu shots.

The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, Martin said. There are certain people who are considered most vulnerable for contracting the flu, including pregnant women, patients with asthma and other respiratory infections, heart and lung conditions, diabetes and anyone over age 65.

Caregivers for children between 6 months and 3 years old, who can’t be vaccinated at the Geisinger primary care drive-thru events, should make an appointment with their pediatrician’s office for a flu shot.

For a full list of Super Saturday flu vaccine events, as well as helpful tips on staying flu free this season, visit geisinger.org/flunews.

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