UPMC St. Margaret, near Aspinwall, is offering free flu vaccinations to area residents age 65 and older on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon at Entrance B of the hospital.
Priority will be given to seniors or those with chronic health conditions. Individuals 18 to 64 years of age who do not have a chronic health condition can be vaccinated for $15. Children under the age of 18 will not be vaccinated at this event. Those with questions and concerns about the flu shot should consult a family physician for advice.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend that the following people be among the first to get vaccinated each year: people 65 years of age and older people of any age who have had a heart attack, have heart disease, have a lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis; have diabetes, HIV, a blood disorder, kidney disease, or a weakened immune system; people who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, of 40 or greater); pregnant women people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; people who have health problems that make it difficult to breathe or swallow; and people who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: health-care workers; household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu; household contacts and out of home; and caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).
Those who are allergic to eggs or chicken, or who have had an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past, should consult their physician before receiving the vaccination. No appointment is necessary; parking tickets will be validated. Vaccines were donated by the St. Margaret Foundation. For more information, call 412-784-5185.