The Department of Health will offer free influenza vaccines at the 2013 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Jan. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To date, influenza cases have been reported in all Pennsylvania counties with a number of nursing homes experiencing outbreaks.
The Department of Health will be featured in the Main Hall by the carousel located near the Maclay Street lobby area. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. Appointments are not needed.
The flu strains causing illness in Pennsylvania appear to be well-matched to this year's vaccine. While the department recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months, the vaccine is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.
"While the flu made an early appearance this year, we still have not peaked, which means there are still many weeks ahead where we anticipate seeing a lot of flu activity," Acting Secretary of Health Michael Wolf said. "It is not too late to get vaccinated, and I encourage anyone who hasn't already done so to take advantage of the free flu vaccine being offered at the Farm Show."