NORRISTOWN, PA—The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health (OPH) encourages all residents 6 months of age and older to get their annual flu shot and the new COVID-19 vaccine this fall to protect themselves and their family against influenza and COVID-19 disease. Widespread community vaccination helps prevent the spread of disease within communities.
This year, free flu shots will be offered at five OPH Community Vaccination Clinics beginning on September 30. Free flu shots and COVID-19 vaccines will be offered starting October 18. Walk-ins will be accepted but appointments are highly encouraged. Residents can make an appointment online at www.montgomerycountypa.gov/immunizations or by calling 610-278-5145 or 610-970-5040.
These clinics are for people who live, work, or attend school in Montgomery County. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be available. Insurance will be billed for those who have coverage.
The below-planned sites are dependent upon vaccine availability.
Saturday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Flu ONLY)
Upper Perkiomen School District Education Center
2229 East Buck Road, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Wednesday, October 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m (Flu and COVID-19)
Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401
Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Flu and COVID-19)
Montgomery County Community College
340 DeKalb Pike, College Hall - Rooms 144,148 and 151, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Tuesday, October 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Flu and COVID-19)
Upper Merion Township Building
175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Thursday, October 26 from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Flu and COVID-19)
Bethel Community Church of Pottstown
575 North Keim Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
The best way to prevent the flu and COVID-19 and their potentially severe complications is to get vaccinated. The CDC recommends getting vaccinated with the flu vaccine in September or October. Residents can receive the new COVID-19 vaccine as long as it’s been two months since their last COVID-19 vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection.
In addition to vaccination, take everyday preventive actions that are recommended to reduce the spread of flu and COVID-19.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu and/or COVID-19.
- For flu, CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine.
- For COVID-19 CDC recommendations, click here for guidance on staying home.
Find information about flu & COVID-19 vaccines and other locations providing vaccination services on the Montgomery County Office of Public Health’s website or call 610-278-5145 or 610-970-5040.
Other helpful websites for complete and up-to-date flu and COVID-19 information include
Influenza (Flu) | CDC and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC
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