For those in the Third District seeking protection during the annual flu outbreak, look no further than your state representative’s office.
“Flu season is here,” said Sen. Shirley Kitchen, “So now is the time to take a simple and step toward, protecting yourself from this contagious and serious illness.”
In conjunction with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, and Walgreen’s, Kitchen will offer free flu shots to any citizen who shows up at her offices on West Lehigh Avenue.
“I invite everyone to my office to get a free vaccination, so that every one can be healthy through the winter,” she said.
On Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon, individuals may line up for a free vaccination. No age requirements, no need for insurance, just show up, and receive needed protection from one of winter’s most prolific illnesses.
National Influenza Vaccination Week runs through Dec. 8.
Kitchen’s event, and others like it nationwide, hope to “highlight the importance of getting vaccinations, and continuing them after the holiday season through January and beyond.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 36,000 flu related deaths per year. There are millions more cases of the flu every winter, and its main combatant is yearly vaccination during flu season, which typically in the Northeast, occurs December through early March.
As stated on Kitchen’s website, it is especially important for pregnant women, young children ages 5 to 6, the elderly, people with chronic medical conditions, and anyone who works or lives in a care facility.
If receiving flu vaccination isn’t enough motivation to attend, Walgreen’s will also provide free redeemable vouchers to all individuals 18 and under who show up for flu shots.
Kitchen’s office is located at 1701 W.Lehigh Ave., Suite 104, in the Lehigh Pavilion.