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POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 1:36 PM

Over on the Inquirer's Health Desk, Stacey Burling reports that flu-shot season is in full swing.  A new shot every year is recommended for everyone over the age of six months.  

Herb Cushing, an infectious disease doctor who recently became chief medical officer at Temple University Hospital, said the idea that people should wait until October to maximize protection is "totally out the window now." The shot takes two weeks to take effect and it is never known when flu season will start, he said.

All insurance plans should cover free or low-cost flu shots.  Many government agencies and nonprofits are also setting up free flu clinics around the region.  Here's a schedule of walk-in clinics from the Montgomery County Health Department:

  • Tuesday, September 30, Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell Street, Norristown.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, October 3, Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 7, Upper Merion Township Building, 175 West Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia.  3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 10, Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road, Maple Glen.  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 18, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, (Physical Education Center). 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 25, Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 30, Arcadia University, 450 South Easton Road, Glenside (Commons Building, Great Room, enter through Kuch Center, parking in Lots # 9 and 10). 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 1, Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shots are free for Montgomery County residents, but if you have Medicare or health insurance, please bring your ID card. 
Community Health Services is holding additional clinics for those over 65. Registration is required by phone: 1-866-CALL-MLH.
  • Tuesday, October 21, Merion Fire Company of Ardmore, 35 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore, 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • Wednesday, October 22, PALM Senior Center of Ardmore, 117 Ardmore Avenue, Ardmore, 9:00AM-11:30AM
  • Monday, November 3, Upper Merion Senior Center, 650 Henderson Road, King of Prussia, 9:30AM-11:30AM

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