DiGirolamo Encourages Residents to Seek Flu Vaccinations
Residents across Pennsylvania who have not yet received the influenza vaccine are encouraged to obtain one before the end of December, said Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks).
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), October and November are the optimal months for people to receive the influenza vaccine. Though January denotes the peak of the flu season, it is best to begin protecting oneself as early as possible.
Those who should get vaccinated each year are people at a high risk of developing complications from the flu including: 
  • Children ages 6-59 months.
  • People 50 years and older.
  • People age 2-64 with medical conditions.
  • Residents of long-term care facilities.
  • Health care workers who work directly with patients and out-of-home caregivers.
  • Any individual living with those listed above. 
Some symptoms of the flu may be a high fever of 100 degrees or more; chills, body aches and muscle pains, commonly in the back, arms, or legs; headache; pain when moving your eyes; fatigue and/or loss of appetite; and a dry cough, runny nose, and a dry or sore throat.
Every year, an estimated 36,000 people die from influenza-related illnesses and more than 226,000 people are hospitalized in the United States.  Rates of serious illness and death are highest among people older than 65 years of age and people of any age who have medical conditions that place them at an increased risk of developing complications. 
This year the influenza vaccine manufacturers have produced as many as 132 million doses, the most flu vaccine ever distributed in the U.S. during a single influenza season.
For more information on obtaining a flu shot, visit DiGirolamo’s Web site at GeneDiGirolamo.com and click on the link for “Flu Shot Locations."
Rep. Gene DiGirolamo
18th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(215) 750-1017
(717) 783-7319
Contact: Jennifer Algoe Keaton
(717) 705-2094
Member site: GeneDigirolamo.com
Caucus site: PAHouseGOP.com