Secretary of Health to visit Coal Township flu clinic
COAL TWP — Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health will be making a visit to Coal Township Thursday. Michael Wolf will attend a free flu vaccination clinic for the public at Our Lady of Hope Church. In addition to the free flu vaccines, the health department will be distributing adult pneumonia and Tdap vaccines to those who are uninsured or underinsured. The clinic will be open from 4:00p.m.-6:30p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church along Chestnut Street in CoalTownship. (Sara Bartlett)
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Free flu shots in Northumberland County
SUNBURY — As the cold weather continues, so too does the flu. While there are many places to receive a flu shot across the Valley, one place in Northumberland County is offering the shot for free.
NorthumberlandCountyStateHealthCenter, at 247 Pennsylvania Avenue in Sunbury, will be providing free flu shots on Monday. They will be taking appointments between 3:00 and 7:00p.m.
Local doctors have said the flu shot is the best line of defense for influenza. Dr. Michael Donegan the Medical Director of Emergency Services at EvangelicalCommunityHospital said the more people that are vaccinated; the less flu will be spread around.
Dr. Lisa Esolen, System Director, Infection Control for Geisinger Health System said, “It is absolutely not too late for people to get the flu shot. Even though the flu season has started early, it may not have quite hit the particular community. Sometimes it might come in a second wave as well, so we tell people to get the flu shot. It is not too late.”
To make an appointment for a free flu shot at NorthumberlandCountyHealthCenter on Monday, you can call 570-988-5513. For more information on the flu, log on to www.wkok.com and click on “The Flu Resources.” (Codi Jade)
Geisinger takes action on flu prevention
DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System has released a temporary system-wide visitor restriction. They will not be allowing visitors under the age of 12 on hospital inpatient floors until the threat of influenza has passed or returned to normal seasonal levels. Dr. Lisa Esolen, System Director, Infection Control for Geisinger Health System said the flu has definitely come early this year.
Dr. Esolen said, “It is absolutely not too late for people to get the flu shot. Even though the flu season has started early, it may not have quite hit the particular community. Sometimes it might come in a second wave as well, so we tell people to get the flu shot. It is not too late.”
Along with the shot, Dr. Esolen explained that the second most important thing in flu prevention is staying away from people that are ill. She said, “We often tell people to carry waterless hand sanitizers with them and if they come into contact with people who are sick or common items in an environment that other people touch, they can quickly sanitize their hands.
There have so far been 259 tested positive for influenza at the GeisingerMedicalCenter in Danville, and 236 tested positive at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. For more information on the flu, including more tips for prevention and treatment, log on to www.wkok.com. (Codi Jade)
Flu season comes early
LEWISBURG – With the cold weather comes the flu and a local doctor says this year is no exception. Dr. Michael Donegan the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Evangelical Community Hospital says, “Generally it is a winter time illness that peaks around February. This year it is peaking earlier. Usually it is a fairly abrupt onset of an illness where a patient develops a fever, aches and respiratory-type symptoms like a cough or a sore throat.
Donegan gives flu prevention tips such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, avoiding touching your face and stay at home when you are ill. But, what if you feel you already have the flu? “If you are seen early enough there are treatments for the flu. Usually we like to see patients within 48 hours of their symptoms. After that, patients usually are getting better and the medicine doesn’t really help.”
Dr. Donegan also recommends getting a flu shot. He says the more people that are vaccinated; the less flu will be spread around. Evangelical Community Hospital has flu vaccines available for the public. Flu vaccinations are available at the Evangelical Community Health Education Center, located on Route 15, on Mondays from 9 am to noon, Wednesdays from noon to 4 pm, and Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm. Individuals should schedule an appointment by calling (570)768-3200.(Sara Bartlett)