BLOG: “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” at the Pennsylvania Farm Show

By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of the Department of Health

January 07, 2016

To date, influenza cases have been reported in most Pennsylvania counties, with numbers expected to increase in the coming months.

However, it is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu is to get vaccinated.

This year at the Centennial Pennsylvania Farm Show, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will be continuing our “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” Campaign by offering free influenza vaccines.


The free influenza vaccines will be available as supplies last from January 9-15 from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. and January 16 from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive the vaccine. No appointments are needed. The booth will be located in the Main Hall by the carousel located near the Maclay Street lobby.

The “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” education and awareness  campaign highlights the important measures everyone should take to ensure they don’t get or spread the flu.


Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and those around you from seasonal influenza. The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.

In addition to getting vaccinated, to best avoid receiving or spreading the flu, everyone should also:

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  2. Keep your hands away from your face and don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  This is one way germs spread.
  3. Disinfect frequently used surfaces – like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, etc.
  4. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – then throw the used tissue in the trash.
  5. Avoid contact with sick people. If YOU are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours until after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

More information is available at FLUFREEPA.COM or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).



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