If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, now would be a good time to do it. Influenza activity is expected to increase in Philadelphia over the next few weeks, according to Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz. Experts say it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against the flu.
Officials recommend annual flu shots for everyone six months of age and older. They also say children under the age of 2, pregnant women, people over the age of 65 and people who suffer from chronic diseases are most at risk for complications from the flu.
From now until March of next year, influenza immunizations will be administered on a walk-in basis at the City’s Health Centers. The cost of the vaccine will be fully covered by insurance while those without insurance will not be charged.
City Health Centers are providing immunizations at the following locations at the following times:
- 1720 S. Broad St., 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:30 - 3:00 PM
- 555 S. 43rd St., 7:30 AM - 4 PM and Monday 5:00 – 7:00 PM
- 4400 Haverford Ave., 9:00 – 11:00 AM; 1:00 - 3:00 PM
- 1900 N. 20th St., 9:00 – 11:00 AM and 1:00-3:00 PM
- 321 W. Girard Ave., 8:30 -11:00 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- 131 E. Chelten Ave., 9:00 - 11:00 AM; 1:00 – 3:00 PM
- 2230 Cottman Ave., 8:00 - 11:30 AM; 12:30 - 3:00 PM
- Strawberry Mansion Health Care Center, 2840 W. Dauphin St., 8:30-10:30 AM; 12:30- 3:00 PM