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Westfield Hospital offers free flu shots

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 11:31:45 AM CST
Flu shot

James Gathany/CDC

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. -

A Lehigh County hospital is offering free flu shots.

Westfield Hospital, at 4815 W. Tilghman Street, South Whitehall Twp., is offering a flu clinic for those 10 years old and older who haven't received their shot yet.

Vaccines are available from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday.

No appointments are necessary.

Symptoms of the flu generally include fatigue, fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and sore muscles. The cough can last over two weeks. Some, especially children, also have GI problems, such as diarrhea.

Most people with the flu are sick for approximately one week; however, some people (especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems) can get critically ill.

In the state of Pennsylvania, there have been 40 deaths this season from the flu.