Three local agencies are teaming up to give out hundreds of shingles vaccines to those who are at risk and cannot afford it.
The Pennsylvania Department of State secured the Zoster vaccines through a grant and they will be administered at a clinic held at Family First Health located at 116 S. George St., York on Friday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Staff from Family First Health, the York City Bureau of Health and the York County Health Center will be on hand to administer the vaccines and provide other information.
Anyone who had chickenpox is at risk for getting the virus. Shingles causes a rash that can last up to a month, and can result in pain that could last for years. One out of three Americans will have shingles at some point in their lives. The older you get, the weaker your immune system gets, which increases your risk of getting shingles. So even if you feel healthy now, the vaccine is encouraged. The vaccine boosts your immune system to ward it off.
Vaccines are FREE for all York County residents who are 60 years of age or older and are underinsured or uninsured.
Walk-ins will be accepted, and appointments can be made by calling the York City Bureau of Health at 717-849-2299.