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County offers free flu vaccinations, HIV testing

If you haven't gotten your flu vaccination yet -- "I just haven't gotten around to it" "My doctor's booked" "I don't want to pay $20 to get poked by a needle!" -- we have good news for you:

County offers free flu vaccinations, HIV testing

If you haven't gotten your flu vaccination yet -- "I just haven't gotten around to it" "My doctor's booked" "I don't want to pay $20 to get poked by a needle!" -- we have good news for you:

Montgomery County residents can receive free flu vaccinations in Norristown, Pottstown and Willow Grove. They even offer the needle-free nasal spray variety.

According to county health officials, seasonal flu activity peaks between January and March, so vaccination efforts should continue through February. It takes 1 to 2 weeks to build immunity after getting the vaccine.

WHERE: Norristown Health Center, 1430 Dekalb Street
WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages, just walk in.
KIDS: In addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, children under 19 can get vaccinated on Mondays by appointment only.  Call 610-278-5145 to schedule.

WHERE: Pottstown Health Center, 364 King Street
WHEN: Mondays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
KIDS:
In addition to Mondays, children under 19 can get vaccinated on Wednesdays by appointment only.  Call 610-970-5040 to schedule.

WHERE: Willow Grove Eastern Courthouse Annex, 102 York Road, Suite 401
WHEN: Thursdays, all ages by appointment only.  Call 215-784-5415 to schedule.

There will be a brief vaccination vacation between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1, but they will resume in the New Year. 

The County Health Department also offers free Rapid HIV testing with results in as little as 30 minutes.

WHERE: Norristown Health Center, 1430 Dekalb Street
WHEN: Tuesdays 9-11:30 a.m.; Thursdays 1-3:30 p.m.
HOW:  Call 610-278-5117 to make an appointment.

Traditional HIV testing and other STD screenings are available with no appointment. For more information, visit www.health.montcopa.org or call
610-278-5117.

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