Whether you prefer the convenience of drive-thru immunization, or walk-in service, flu clinics are in full swing throughout Horsham and Montgomery County.
CVS Pharmacy, which has locations locally at 314 Horsham Road in Horsham; 890 Welsh Road in Maple Glen; and 765 E. County Line Road in Warminster, offers flu shots every day. Customers can walk in or schedule an appointment.
Giant Food Stores, including the stores at 314 Horsham Road in Horsham and 315 York Road in Willow Grove, are offering flu shots in the pharmacy. Cost is $35 and insurance is accepted.
Rite Aid, 1650 Limekiln Pike in Dresher, is offering flu shots.
Eric's RX Shoppe LLC, 810 Welsh Road in Horsham, is offering flu shots. Insurance is accepted. To check availability or schedule an appointment, call 215-646-4800.
In addition to the flu shot locales in the Horsham area, the Montgomery County Health Department is offering a series of flu clinics including:
- Walk-in flu clinic on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St., in Norristown
- Walk-in flu clinic on Oct. 8 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Upper Merion Township building, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia
- Walk-in flu clinic on Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congregation Beth Or, 239 Welsh Road in Maple Glen
- Drive-thru flu clinic on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike in Blue Bell
- Walk-in flu clinic on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abington Junior High School, 2056 Susquehanna Road, Abington
Influenza, or the "flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs.
Symptoms include muscle or body aches, headaches, cough, sore throat, fatigue, fever or chills, and vomiting and diarrhea (the latter two are more common in kids). The flu can also worsen chronic medical conditions or cause death.
Unfortunately, flu viruses can spread easily via infected people coughing, sneezing or even just talking. Folks are contagious a day before symptoms appear and up to a week after getting sick.
It’s also possible to get the flu by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and up get an annual flu vaccine as early as possible, as it takes a few weeks to reach full immunity.
To find other places to get a flu shot locally, check out: