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Office of Aging Sponsoring Flu Shots

by on October 30, 2012 9:57 AM

The Centre County Office of Aging is sponsoring flu shot clinics for older adults, beginning Nov. 1. Advanced registration is required.

The flu shot is the single most effective means for preventing infection with the flu virus and the complications associated with flu. Everyone who wants to be protected from the flu needs to be re-vaccinated each year because the flu virus changes each year. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that certain people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people age 65 and over have some of the highest rates of hospitalization and death as a result of influenza infection. The age-related decline of the immune system also affects the body’s response to vaccination. Recent studies have shown that the traditional flu vaccine might not work as well for people 65 years of age and older because the weakened immune system produces fewer antibodies following vaccination to help protect against infection. Antibodies help respond to and protect against infection when exposed to the virus.

If you are 60 years of age or better, please plan to participate in one of the clinics listed below:

  • Nov. 1: Penns Valley Senior Center, 102 Leisure Lane, Madisonburg, 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. (814) 349-8188.
  • Nov. 2: Philipsburg Senior Center, 300 North Front St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (814) 342-6549.
  • Nov. 6: Snow Shoe Senior Center, Medical Building, state Route 144, 9 to 10:30 a.m., (814) 387-4086.
  • Nov. 8: Centre Hall Senior Center, Fire Hall, Pennsylvania Avenue, 9 to 11:30 p.m., (814) 364-9511.
  • Nov. 13: Bellefonte Senior Center, 203 N. Spring St. in the Presbyterian Church, 9 to 11 a.m., (814) 355-6720.
  • Nov. 13: Bellefonte Senior Center – 203 N. Spring Street in the Presbyterian Church, 7:30am – 9:30am 355-6720.
  • Nov. 14: Centre Region Senior Center, under the Fraser Street Parking Garage, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (814) 231-3076.

For more information about clinics call the Centre County Office of Aging at (814) 355-6716.

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