Flu Season Begins October 1
Wayne Memorial Flu Clinics - Wayne & Pike Counties
Hospital Visitor Restrictions
Wayne Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Area Agencies on Aging in Wayne and Pike Counties will hold flu clinics throughout the area, beginning October 9th. Flu (influenza) is a contagious viral disease which can cause mild to serious illness, and in certain populations, hospitalization and even death. The flu season traditionally starts in October and usually peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May
The Hospital is also once again imposing visitor restrictions to reduce the potential for spread of the influenza virus. No children under 18—with some exceptions—will be allowed to visit patients. And if you have flu symptoms, the Hospital asks that you visit on another day. Flu symptoms include chills, a cough and/or sore throat, nausea, diarrhea, a runny or stuffy nose, feeling feverish or having a fever of 100 degrees or higher.
If you see a Wayne Memorial Hospital employee wearing a mask, do not be alarmed! Employees who have not been vaccinated by October 12th must wear masks to protect themselves and others in patient care areas.
Here is a list of flu clinics scheduled for Wayne and Pike counties:
2015-2016 Flu Clinics
Friday October 9 Hawley Senior Center 10AM - 12Noon
Friday October 9 Honesdale Chamber 1PM - 4PM
Tuesday October 13 Blooming Grove Sr. Ctr. 10AM - 12Noon
Wednesday October 14 Hamlin Sr. Ctr. 10AM - 12Noon
Thursday October 15 Honesdale Sr. Ctr. 9AM - 12Noon
Friday October 16 Milford Library 10AM - 12Noon
Tuesday October 20 Dingman VFW 10AM - 12Noon
Wednesday October 21 Lackawaxen Fire Hall 10AM - 12Noon
Thursday October 22 Lakewood Fire Hall 10AM - 12Noon
Thursday October 29 Damascus Twp. Building 9AM - 12Noon
Thursday October 29 Ladore Expo/Waymart 9:30AM – 12Noon
Hospital personnel will follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations for this year’s flu shots, meaning that flu shots will be prioritized. Doses will be administered to people age 60 or older and people at risk who have a prescription from their physician. Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care and residents of long-term care facilities will also be on the priority list.
No flu shots will be offered at these clinics to children.
Flu shots are covered by some insurance plans, including Medicare, Geisinger Health Plan and First Priority. Please have your insurance information available on the day of the clinic. If you have to pay for a vaccine, the private pay charge will be $25.00.
For more information, such as specific directions to a site, you may contact Wayne Memorial Home Health at (570) 253-8431 or the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262. For flu information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.