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Wolf Administration Reminds Older Adults about Importance of Immunizations

by Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Wolf Administration Reminds Older Adults about Importance of Immunizations

At a combined flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster clinic Thursday, the Pennsylvania Departments of Aging and Health, joined by Sen. Art Haywood and Philadelphia city leaders, stressed the importance of older adults getting their immunizations, particularly with the cold and influenza (flu) season approaching and the ongoing threat of COVID-19’s highly transmissible variants.

“We encourage older adults to stay up to date on their immunizations, particularly the COVID-19 booster. Both the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines are available at many locations in local communities, including pharmacies, health care providers, or clinics like this one at the West Oak Lane Senior Center. This easy access to immunizations is a great way to get both of these important vaccinations and have peace of mind as we approach colder weather,” said Secretary of Aging Robert Torres.

Secretary Torres emphasized the importance for older adults, especially those with chronic health conditions like diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, to stay up to date on their vaccinations and learn which inoculations are covered by their health care insurance.

The CDC reported that it is safe to get the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.

“With the upcoming holidays and more gatherings indoors, we encourage eligible older adults to receive the flu and COVID-19 booster at the same time to stay safe and to keep each other protected from severe illness,” said Acting Secretary of Health and Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson.

“As a member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, I pushed for equity in vaccine distribution across the commonwealth. Thank you to the Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Aging, and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for helping older adults in Northwest Philadelphia get access to the vaccine, which saves lives,” said Sen. Haywood.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that attacks the nose, throat, lungs and may include the following symptoms:

Similarly, COVID-19 symptoms may include:

In addition to the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster, older adults are advised to get the following immunizations:

Any questions relating to healthcare concerns should be brought to the attention of an individual’s healthcare provider. However, there is support available for older Pennsylvanians to get their immunizations: