Flu shot program kicks off in October

County to hold flu shots vaccination sessions at 14 locations throughout October and November.

The Board of Commissioners has scheduled 14 locations for the 2022 Seasonal Influenza Immunization Program. As is the tradition, the program begins at the annual Senior Health Fair, which this year takes place on Oct. 5 at the Scottish Rite Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike in Collingswood, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing through 1 p.m.

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“Every year the flu sickens thousands of people and in some extreme cases can be a deadly virus. That said, we can avoid this virus by getting our flu shot and the Health Department is here to help,” said Commissioner Virginia Betteridge, liaison to the Camden County Health Department. “Being up to date on your flu shot will protect you from getting seriously ill while also protecting those around you this flu season. And while COVID-19 is still present in our communities, it’s imperative that everyone is as protected from these illnesses as possible.”

In addition to seasonal flu shots, the Senior Health Fair will feature dozens of health information tables, games and prizes and lunch for all senior citizens who attend the annual Senior Fair. The flu shots are provided for no-out-of-pocket cost. Seniors that register with the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services will enjoy a complimentary lunch at the fair. Call (800) 955-2446 toll-free to RSVP.

The launch of the flu shot program is traditionally coordinated with the senior health fair because men and women ages 65 and older are among the “high priority” groups for annual shots. Seniors receiving Medicare should bring their identification cards with them.

“The flu shot program has always been a critical component to help us bolster and preserve the public health here in Camden County,” Betteridge continued. “Our public health personnel will be traveling throughout the county to bring the shot to our most vulnerable populations for free in preparation for flu season.”

Pregnant women and chronically ill people are other high priority groups. Flu shots are also recommended for people with weakened immune or cardiovascular systems, or with chronic metabolic diseases, renal dysfunction or blood disorders. Youngsters aged 9 and older must be accompanied by an adult; those under the age of nine are not included in the program.

Children under 9 need two shots, a month apart, and should be seen by a pediatrician.  For uninsured children, call CamCare at (856) 541-9811 or the Bellmawr Health Center at (856) 931-2700.

The Camden County Health Department will be administering flu shots at the following locations:

Date Location Time
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Scottish Rite

315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood 08107

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 2022 Barrington VFW

109 Shreve Avenue, Barrington, 08007

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Stratford Senior Citizen Center

302 Union Avenue, Stratford 08084

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 14, 2022 Gloucester Twp. Municipal Bldg.

1261 Chews Landing Road, Blackwood, 08012

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, October 17, 2022 Bellmawr Senior Center

29 E. Browning Road, Bellmawr 08031

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Senior Citizens Community Center

474 East Atlantic Ave., Atco (Waterford Twp) 08004

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 20, 2022 The Salvation Army Kroc Center

1865 Harrison Avenue

Camden, 08105

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, October 21, 2022 Magnolia Community Center

425 Brook Avenue

Magnolia, 08049

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, October 24, 2022 Rutgers University

326 Penn Street, Camden 08102

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Cold Springs Gymnasium

1194 Market Street, Gloucester City, 08030

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26,2022 Cherry Hill Township Council Chambers

820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, 08002

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2022 Bud Duble Senior Center

53 Cooper Folly Road, Winslow, 08043

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 Harry Williams Community Center

2 Broadway, Runnemede 08078

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, November 7, 2022 Voorhees Town Center

2120 Voorhees Town Center

Voorhees, 08043 (outside Boscov’s LL)

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For other information, contact the county Department of Health and Human Services at (856) 374-6365 or visit www.camdencounty.com/flu.

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