The Daily Item
SUNBURY — The Northumberland County State Health Center will conduct a seasonal influenza immunization clinic from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Stonington Volunteer Fire Company, located at 2732 State Route 61 in Sunbury.
This year’s influenza vaccine appears to be well matched with what is currently circulating in Pennsylvania as well as in the United States. One of the best ways to protect against the flu is to get immunized.
Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Appointments are not needed.
Individuals who have had a reaction to a flu shot in the past, are allergic to eggs, or have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome will be advised to see their healthcare provider.
Health officials encourage individuals to take the following steps to help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:
n Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately discard the used tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, but never into your hands or onto bare skin.
n Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
n Keep your hands away from your face and do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.
n Keep frequently used surfaces such as knobs, countertops and desks clean.
n Stay home from work or school whenever you are sick to avoid infecting others. For the flu, stay home until at least 24 hours after you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.
For more information about influenza, visit www.flufreepa.com or call (877) PA-HEALTH.