If you are a senior citizen, it’s time to get vaccinated to combat the flu and its complications. Lackawanna County is making it easy for area residents to do so.
The county’s Community Relations, Community Outreach and Communications Departments and its Area Agency on Aging are conducting a Senior Health Fair, and providing flu shots.
This free event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Mohegan Sun Club Level at PNC Field in Moosic.
The fair will feature a total of 55 exhibitors, offering information on a variety of programs, services, living arrangements, legal information, sight and hearing data, transportation and financial advice.
“This program has been a huge success over the past seven years,” noted Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley. “It is important to alert the public on how to stay healthy. We also want our seniors to know what services are available to help them out.”
“This health fair has become a huge part of our Human Services programming,” said Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni. “The people who attend not only get a flu shot, but they also can learn about programs that they could use for themselves, a family member or a friend.”
“The senior health fair is a great avenue to secure important information and to also safeguard one’s health through the blood pressure screenings and other self-help checks that are available at the event,” said Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.
Flu shots will be given continuously throughout the day by staff from the Visiting Nurse Association of Lackawanna County. Attendees will need to provide their insurance or Medicare cards and name as a means of matching them to the serum batch that they receive.
Once the guests receive their flu shot, they will be able to visit the vendor displays and take part in the various medical screenings and other services being provided.
The Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office will be conducting an anonymous prescription and non-prescription drug take back at the Senior Health Fair. (No injectable units or devices can be accepted.) All attendees are encouraged to participate.
The YMCA will engage the guests in a Zumba exercise. Refreshments will be served. There will also be various giveaways at the booths and prize drawings.
Rides from the various community centers will be provided by COLTS. Registration is required. Meals On Wheels of NEPA.