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Connellsville's Wesley Health Center offering free flu shots on Saturday

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Kathy Strickler (left) of Connellsville receives a flu shot from Wesley Health Center Office Manager Margie Eiford on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.

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By Nancy Henry
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, 7:06 p.m.
 

Flu season is here and so are free flu shots.

For many years, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has provided 300 to 400 flu shots to Wesley Health Center in Connellsville.

This year, Wesley Health Center has received 300 flu shots. These flu shots are offered at no cost to anyone over the age of 18, whether they have insurance or not.

Wesley Health Center is holding a free flu shot clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 410 S. Pittsburgh St. The shots will be given by staff members and several area retired volunteer nurses. Although there is no charge to receive shots, donations will be accepted. Donations will help the center continue its mission of providing free primary health care to individuals 19 to 65 years of age without health insurance, said Paula Grubach, president of the center's board of directors.

No appointment is necessary for Saturday's clinic.

Last year, the center held four clinics and gave 348 shots.

“Both Marilyn Weaver, executive director, and I are so grateful that we did receive the vaccine so that we could once again offer this free service to the community. We had received many calls from area residents who actually count on receiving their annual flu shot from WHC, as we have been providing this service for the past several years,” said Grubach.

WHC recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of providing free primary health care to the uninsured in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is the only free clinic in the area. The income of an individual is not a consideration. Recent care additions include dental and retinal screenings.

For more information, phone 724-626-2610, ext. 1.

Also, a sign will be put up outside the clinic on those days when walk-ins will be welcome during regular clinic hours.

In the past pneumonia shots were also offered, but none were received this year.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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