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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FREE After-School Activities For Teens!

The Corner S.P.O.T. Hosts a Variety of
FREE After-School Events for Youth!

MEDIA, PA — Holcomb Prevention & Education is kicking off 2011 with FREE events for youth in seventh through twelfth grades, to be held at the Corner S.P.O.T. in Holcomb’s Media office. The Delaware County Youth Connection (DCYC) meets every Monday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. for youth in grades 8-12. The mission of DCYC is to educate high school students on healthy lifestyle choices through alternative activities. At weekly meetings, youth will participate in discussions with peers, listen to guest speakers, and plan and implement prevention activities in the community, including awareness campaigns and events. TGI Fridays give youth a safe space to hang out with their friends and watch movies! TGI Friday Movie Nights take place every Friday starting January 14, 2011 from at the Corner S.P.O.T.  These FREE activities will run weekly starting Monday, January 10, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011. The Corner S.P.O.T. is located at Holcomb behavioral Health Systems Prevention Education Office,
126 East Baltimore Ave., Media, PA 19063
. For more information about the Corner S.P.O.T. and other local youth activities, visit our website at: or call at 484-444-0412.

Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems (HBHS) and Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) were awarded, through the Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) to implement community-based programs to reduce and prevent the early initiation and regular use of alcohol in middle and high school students. HBHS and HCI have partnered with local businesses and youth-focused organizations to create a network of “Safe Spaces” for tweans and teens to go to after school, evenings, and weekends.  These safe spaces, named “The S.P.O.T.” (Supervised Programs Organized for Teens) Network, offer various activities for teens in an alcohol and drug-free environment.

Holcomb Prevention and Education Services, funded by the Delaware County Office of Behavioral Health, Division of Drug and Alcohol, provides education, trainings, consultations, public awareness campaigns, prevention initiatives, student assessments and referrals as part of a planned strategy to prevent or reduce the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. For more information, please visit

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Free Ceremony To Celebrate Ben Franklin's Birthday In January

Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday, His Role in Pennsylvania Politics
with Free Seminar, Procession and Wreath Laying Ceremony
Friday, January 21, 2011

Seminar features PA State Representative Hon. Josh Shapiro, Dr. Joseph Foster, Dick Polman;
Also, tickets are available for a Luncheon honoring the Hon. Edward G. Rendell.

WHAT:                 Known for his role in American diplomacy and as one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin also played a major role in Pennsylvania politics. To celebrate the 305th anniversary of Franklin’s birth, area residents and visitors are invited to a free seminar on Pennsylvania politics, a procession and a wreath laying ceremony on January 21, 2011. Also, tickets are available for a Luncheon commemorating the Hon. Edward G. Rendell.
The free seminar, Pennsylvania Politics: Then and Now, explores the issues of Pennsylvania politics from Franklin’s time to the present. Guest speakers include Hon. Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania State Representative, and Dr. Joseph Foster, history professor at Temple University. Political Journalist Dick Polman is the moderator.

After the seminar, the public is encouraged to join the annual procession with banners, flags and music to Franklin’s grave at Christ Church Burial Ground for the Wreath Laying Ceremony, which pays tribute to the great American patriot and politician.

A luncheon at the Down Town Club will conclude the celebration, where Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder will award the Hon. Edward G. Rendell with its Franklin Founder award in recognition of the tremendous benefits he has brought to the Commonwealth and Philadelphia, Franklin’s adopted city.

WHEN/                Friday, January 21, 2011
WHERE:               9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Free Seminar: Pennsylvania Politics: Then and Now
                                Benjamin Franklin Hall, 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. – Procession, Wreath Laying Ceremony, Tributes
From the Library of the American Philosophical Society to Christ Church Burial Ground at 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA

12:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Luncheon in Celebration of the Hon. Edward G. Rendell
The Down Town Club, 6th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

MORE:                  For more information and to purchase luncheon tickets, visit the Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder website at Due to limited seating, reservations will be honored in order of receipt.

                                Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder has been established to bring national and international attention to Benjamin Franklin, America’s best known historic figure.

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Free New Year's Party At Kimmel Center

The Kimmel Center Rings in the New Year

with 2011 New Year’s Day Celebration!

DECEMBER 16, 2010

Warm up Indoors with Free at the Kimmel Entertainment and Bird’s Eye View of Parade
The Kimmel Center rings in the New Year with a free indoor 2011 New Year’s Day Celebration on Saturday, January 1, 2011 from 9am to 6pm. Parade-enthusiasts can warm up indoors while enjoying a bird’s eye view of Philadelphia’s historical Mummers Parade on Broad Street from Tier 2 balcony level, open to the public. The Free at the Kimmel series also sparks the 2011 New Year’s Day Celebration with family-friendly performances on the Commonwealth Plaza level, with warm drinks, beverages, and light fare for families and friends to enjoy.

To celebrate the arrival of 2011, Kimmel Center Presents will be providing ticket giveaways on New Year’s Day within the facility and on the Kimmel Center’s Facebook and Twitter sites to: STOMP (Feb 15-20), 2011 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) (April 7 – May 1), Mary Poppins, and select Kimmel Center Presents Spring performances.  Visit for more info.

Free at the Kimmel Series 2011 New Year’s Day festivities include:
9am – 6pm:                 Resolution Wall: post this year’s resolutions for all to see
10:30am – 3:30pm:     Kid’s Festivities: face painting, crafts and balloon animals
10:30am – 2:30pm:     Stilt walkers on display
11:00am:                     Two of a Kind & Give ‘Em a Hand Band
12:30pm:                     Ernie & Neal
2:00pm:                       Broadway Dreams Foundation
3:30pm:                       Hot Club of Philadelphia

New Year’s Day Celebration menu includes freshly prepared sandwiches with vegetarian options, hot dogs, soft pretzels, soups and salads, along with hot chocolate, Philly-brewed beer, wine and specialty martinis on the Commonwealth Plaza level.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

FREE Presentation For Pet Owners At Delco Kennel Club Meeting

‘Second-hand Smoke’s Effect On Animals’ To Be Addressed  At Kennel Club

  The Delaware County Kennel Club invites the public to attend their next meeting, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11 at the Aston Township Building, Meeting Room 5021 Pennell Road.
  Guest speaker Denise Moser from the Family Community Services of Delaware County will give a talk on "Second-hand Smoke and Its Effect On Animals". There is no charge to attend.
   For more information, call 610-891-1875.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

FREE Book Club At Scott Arboretum

Nature’s Narratives at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College


Date & Time:                   Monday, January 10, 5 to 6 pm
Cost:                                 Free and open to the public
Location:                          Wister Center
Special Notes:                  Advanced registration is required.  
Join the book discussion group "Nature's Narratives" as they discuss Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams.  Publishers Weekly  noted that “Utah naturalist Williams ponders the loss of her mother to cancer and the disastrous flooding of a bird refuge in a moving account of the interrelations between personal tragedy and natural history.” “Nature’s Narratives” is a book discussion group sponsored by the Scott Arboretum where readers come together to discuss a book once a month and to share in the reading experience.
The discussions are free and open to the public and will take place in the Scott Arboretum Horticultural Library. Participants will need to read each month’s selection prior to the discussion. One copy of each book is available for members to check out of the Scott Arboretum’s Horticultural Library. For more information, call 610-328-8025 or visit
The Scott Arboretum is an educational garden of ideas and suggestions. Covering more than 300 acres of the Swarthmore College Campus and exhibiting over 4,000 different kinds of plants, the Arboretum displays some of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for use in the Delaware Valley. Established in 1929 as a living memorial to Arthur Hoyt Scott, the Arboretum is open to the public year-round free of charge, from dawn to dusk. Adam Levine in the November/December 2002 issue of Garden Design magazine described the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as "the most beautiful campus in America." Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025. Visit us on our website on

Monday, December 20, 2010

FREE Film Screening At Marple Library

 Marple Public Library will show the film "Alamar" directed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio on Wednesday January 5 at 7:00PM.
    "Alamar" tells the story of  Jorge, who has only a few weeks before his five-year-old son Natan leaves to live with his mother in Rome. Intent on teaching Natan about their Mayan heritage, Jorge takes him to the pristine Chinchorro reef, and eases him into the rhythms of a fisherman’s life. As the bond between father and son grows stronger, Natan learns to live in harmony with life above and below the surface of the sea. In Spanish with English subtitles and a runtime of 73 minutes. This showing is free and open to the public.
     Marple Public Library is located at 2599 Sproul Road in Broomall. Please contact Jennifer at 610-356-1510 with any questions.

Free Reading Day For Kids In January

Reading Day” at Friendship Circle Senior Center

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with your children.   
Senior Community Services’ (SCS) Friendship Circle Senior Center invites parents to bring their children ages 5-12 for a “Reading Day” on Monday, January 17th from 10am to 11am.  Center participants and book club members will be reading a story book that celebrates Dr. King’s legacy out loud to the children who attend.  Help
Friendship Circle
make MLK Day 2011 “A Day on, Not a Day off!”  A snack and coloring activity will also be provided.
To register your child, please contact Michelle McGowan at 610-237-8100, ext. 25 or 

FREE Coats To Those In Need

Senior Community Services’ Chester Senior Center, 721 Hayes Street, will host a Coat Giveaway on Saturday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, January 15, 2011.  The event, sponsored by Burlington Coat Factory, will limit one coat per person.  Note to parents: children must be present to receive a coat.  For further information, call (610) 497-3550.

Free New Year's Party At Local American Legion

New Year’s Eve Party At Glenolden Legion Post

  The Murray-Stuart American Legion Post, 35 South Glen Ave., Glenolden, will hold a New Year’s Eve Party 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. The no-cover party will include music by DJ “Dancing Bob,” drink specials, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, party hats and noisemakers.
  Everyone is welcome  and asked to bring food and snacks.
  For questions and information, call 610-461-9771.

Friday, December 17, 2010

FREE Christmas Dinner For Community!

Prospect UM Church To Host Community Dinner

  Prospect United Methodist Church will hold their Annual Christmas Day Community Dinner 3:30 - 5:30  December 25. Anyone who will be alone on Christmas day or if making Christmas dinner will stretch the budget, is invited to come out and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner followed by singing Christmas Carols.  There is no charge for the meal. 
   Anyone wishing to volunteer their time to help set up, serve, or clean-up, can call and leave a message for Sue at 610-534-2020. Prospect United Methodist Church is  at 800 Lincoln Avenue, Prospect Park.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Free Classified Ads!

Don't forget, Delco News Network readers can place a FREE classified ad if they have anything FREE they want to give away. Call 610-583-4432, ext. 100. Free ads can ONLY feature free stuff . So if you have a swing set, firewood, furniture, craft items, bikes, or basically anything you want to give away to someone who needs it, call today and get your ad in....Delco News Network ads ALWAYS GET QUICK RESULTS!!!!!!

FREE TubaChristmas Concerts At Kimmel


Twice the Fun this Year!  
Two Free Holiday Performances
at the Kimmel Center, Dec. 10 and 11

WHO:             “Bells Will Be Ringing” twice this holiday season as the Kimmel Center’s Free at the Kimmel series presents its annual TUBACHRISTMAS celebration Fri., Dec. 10 and Sat., Dec. 11.  This free community concert has become a popular Philadelphia tradition that brings together 100 local brass players for a performance of cherished holiday classics.

WHEN:           Friday, December 10, 2010, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
                        Saturday, December 11, 2010, 1pm – 2pm

WHERE:         Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts,
Commonwealth Plaza
                        Broad & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia

WHAT:           The Kimmel Center hosts twice the fun this year with two free community performances of TUBACHRISTMAS, reflecting the event’s growing regional popularity through the years.

The 9th annual TUBACHRISTMAS celebration in Philadelphia brings together one hundred tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players to perform perennial holiday favorites such as “Silent Night," "Jingle Bells,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and more. 

  • Musicians adorn their instruments with tinsel, mistletoe and other seasonal ornaments.

  • The Kimmel Center invites musicians of all ages and abilities to RSVP and perform. Musicians rehearse together one hour before the event begins in the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio. For registration and rehearsal details, visit (Please note: there is a $5 registration fee for performers. Music, useable at any TUBACHRISTMAS event in the country, is $15)

·         The schedule for TUBACHRISTMAS participation on Friday, Dec. 10:
Registration:                2-3:15pm, Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio
Rehearsal:                  3:15-5:00pm, Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio
Performance:              5:30-6:30pm, Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza

·         The schedule for TUBACHRISTMAS participation on Saturday, Dec. 11:
Registration:                9:30-10:45am, Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio
Rehearsal:                  10:45-12:30pm, Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio
Performance:              1-2pm, Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza

TUBACHRISTMAS Philadelphia conductor and coordinator Jay Krush is a founding member of the Grammy®-Award winning Chestnut Brass Company, tubist with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and a faculty member at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University.

TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived as a tribute to the late artist and educator William J. Bell, who was born on Christmas Day in 1902.  The first TUBACHRISTMAS celebration was conducted in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on December 22, 1974.  TUBACHRISTMAS takes place in over 200 cities and towns throughout the world; the movement has grown exponentially over the past three decades, and today thousands of spirited brass players participate in the festivities.

FREE Fun For Kids At Marple Library!

Marple Township Public Library has invited the community to  two great children's programs at the Library this December: A Holiday Sing-a-Long with children's recording artist Yosi on Saturday December 18th at 1:00pm and Snowman Craft Days on December 27th for preschool to kindergarten and Dec  29th for 1st to 4th grades.  Register at 610-356-1510 is required for the Snowman Craft Days.  Don't miss the fun at the library.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Send FREE holiday greetings to our troops

The community is invited to stop by the Center Court of Granite Run Mall in Media 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 11, to have holiday greetings filmed to share with our troops. Delco News Network will be right next to Santa to film individuals, families, scout troops, groups of friends or co-workers- anyone who wants to say "Happy Holidays" and let our troops know we are thinking of them at home. Everyone is welcome to make the FREE video which will then be posted throughout the holiday season at for the troops to see. See you at the Mall!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

DCCC offers FREE Career Development Program

Register Now For January New Choices Program At DCCC

   Delaware County Community College's New Choices program can help participants gain the knowledge and skills they need to change careers or find a job.  New Choices is a FREE career exploration and job re-entry program that provides individual and group support, career planning workshops, employer contacts, networking opportunities, resume writing, interviewing techniques and basic computer skills.
  New Choices is an ideal option for people who either are unemployed or are of modest income as well as those looking to get into or back into the workforce.  The program offers day or evening workshops in eight-week cycles and is open to everyone.
   For more than 20 years, the New Choices program has provided support and direction to thousands of area residents who have been unemployed and/or underemployed.  Through supportive workshops, participants learn the skills needed to find jobs, enhance careers or continue their education.
   Classes and workshops are designed to help build self-confidence and awareness.  Classes are offered at three locations.
   Applications are now being accepted for sessions beginning the week of January 17.  For more information on the New Choices program, call 610-359-5232 or e-mail

Heinz Refuge Hosts FREE Winter Bird Count For Kids

Heinz Refuge Hosts FREE Winter Bird Count For Kids

   The Fledging Birders Institute and the Friends of the Heinz Refuge will host "Winter Bird Count for Kids" (WBC4Kids) event  Sat. (Jan. 8) at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Tinicum. The FREE bird watching event for children, ages 8 to 16, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
   Inspired by the century old tradition of the Christmas Bird Count, this WBC4Kids will be the first such youth-oriented event in the Delaware Valley. Young participants will explore Heinz NWR in search of various birds that reside here during the winter months.
   "People know that many birds fly south for the winter. However, very few people realize that our area is the southern destination for many species from further north," says Dave Magpiong, president of the Fledging Birders Institute.
  A natural oasis within an urban area, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is an ideal setting for the public to discover the beauty of nature close to home.  Debbie Beer, Friends of Heinz Refuge board member, points out that the refuge "provides critical food and shelter resources for a great variety of birds."
   She further explains that "over 1200 acres of wetland, woodlands, fields, creek and open water impoundment hosts such exciting species as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Rusty Blackbirds, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, myriad waterfowl, hawks, Great Horned Owls, and even the first nesting pair of Bald Eagles in the history of the refuge."
    The WBC4Kids event on Jan. 8 will start at the Heinz NWR's Cusano Environmental Education Center (CEEC) with a brief orientation of the common local birds before the small groups embark on their discovery trips through the refuge with experienced bird trip leaders. Beer notes, "well-marked trails and boardwalks make it easy to explore and view different areas of the refuge." The program will return to the CEEC for a celebratory luncheon at which the young participants will share their groups' sightings with their new birding friends. The event will close with a bird of prey presentation featuring live hawks and owls from the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.
   The Christmas Bird Census was started by Frank Chapman in 1900. In the 110 years since, the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has become a core tradition of the birding community and contributed a wealth of scientific data regarding to bird populations and distribution during the winter season. The first CBC for Kids was pioneered by Tom Rusert and Darren Petrie of Sonoma Valley, California in 2007.
    Magpiong points out that "bird watching holds profound benefits for kids - including cognitive development, social activity, and stress relief."
   Parents can visit to register their child for the WBC4Kids event. Early registration is suggested as the number of available spots will be limited.
     "We are thrilled to host a Winter Bird Count for Kids here at Heinz," concludes Beer who leads regular bird walks at the refuge.

Narberth Offers FREE Holiday Fun For The Entire Family!

Free Fun For The Whole Family In Narberth!
    The Narberth Dickens Festival is a FREE family event held from Noon to 4pm, Saturday December 11, in downtown Narberth  at Forrest and Haverford Ave.  The event will feature a scavenger hunt where children race to find all the Dickens characters to win a prize, street musicians, Victorian carolers and performers, dance performances, puppet shows, horse and carriage rides, and much more. Period-appropriate vendors help set the tone, and the local establishments each offer their own version of a “hot toddy” to keep grown-ups warm.
    The scavenger hunts goes from 1pm to 3pm or while supplies last. This year also features several free performances, including A Muppet Christmas carol at the Marbertn Theater, puppet shows, Nutcracker dance excerpts, and more!
   The 2010 Narberth Dickens Festival includes:
* Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from “A Christmas Carol”
*dozens of period-authentic costumed performers
· a free scavenger hunt & free prize for kids - 1 to 3pm or while supplies last
* horse and carriage rides through the Narberth streets
*professional musicians
*authentic Victorian carolers
* candle-making and other craft activities for kids *New for 2010
*professional ice sculpting display
* free fortunes from "gypsy fortuneteller"
*A Muppet Christmas Carol - free 11am show at the Narberth Movie theater *New for 2010
*Blues for Scrooge - two free puppet shows at the Library *New for 2010
*vintage "Punch and Judy" puppet show performances - see website for "Dickens Theater" showtimes *New for 2010
*"Nutcracker" dance performances from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet - see website for "Dickens Theater" showtimes *New for 2010
*Free Dickens "tattoos" and face painting for kids *New for 2010
* hot toddies from all the local establishments
* silent auction for festival poster original watercolor *New for 2010
* free coffee and hot chocolate in any souvenir mug *period-authentic vendors and street food
     For more information:

Thursday, December 2, 2010

FREE fun for kids at Springfield Mall

Join Springfield Mall for a Morning of Education and Fun
at December Giggle Gang Gatherings

SPRINGFIELD, Pa. – December 1, 2010 – Families with children ages one- to five-years old are invited to Springfield Mall’s Giggle Gang, a special complimentary club that teaches important lessons relating to the environment and the surrounding community in a fun, interactive way. On the first and third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m., families can enjoy activities including live musical performances, arts and crafts, and interactive lessons teaching children about nature and the environment.

Thursday, December 2 Giggle Gang presents "Makin’ Music"
10:30am                                               Back by popular demand, Makin’ Music returns to giggle Gang! Join us for a jammin’ good time!

Thursday, December 16                Giggle Gang presents “Jingle All the Way!”
10:30am                                               The holidays are just around the corner and the air is filled with the magical sounds of the season. Join us for an extra festive Giggle Gang event as we make our very own jingle bell bracelets!

The Springfield Mall Giggle Gang is an interactive club for parents and kids between the ages of one and five that teaches important lessons relating to the environment and the surrounding community in a fun, interactive way. The club meets the first and third Thursday of every month at Springfield Mall at 10:30 a.m. and is FREE for members of the Springfield Mall Shoppers Club.  The Shoppers Club is a community of smart shoppers receiving exclusive benefits when shopping at Springfield Mall. For more information, contact Springfield Mall Customer Service at 610.328.1200 ext. 0.

Another opportunity for a FREE flu shot!

Health Department to Hold Statewide Vaccination Clinics during National Influenza Immunization Week
All Pennsylvanians Urged to Be Immunized Against the Flu
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Health will mark National Influenza Immunization Week by offering free public influenza vaccination clinics on Dec. 9, 10, and 11 in communities statewide.   “Pennsylvania had a great opportunity to receive additional influenza vaccine,” said acting Secretary of Health Michael Huff. “We decided to take advantage of this opportunity and hold statewide clinics to vaccinate individuals who have not yet been immunized for influenza. Vaccination is one of the best ways for individuals to protect themselves and their loved ones against the flu.”    
  Thus far, flu cases seen in Pennsylvania consist of two strains: A/H3N2, a strain that disproportionately impacts older adults; and 2009 H1N1, a strain that is known to impact younger individuals. This year’s vaccine provides protection against both of these strains, as well as influenza B.
The vaccination clinics will be held at 60 state health centers on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. Thursday’s clinics will take place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday’s clinics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday’s clinics from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are strongly encouraged to ensure vaccine is available.
Appointments can be made online at, 24 hours a day, or by calling 1-877- PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 5-11, was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and promoting greater use of flu vaccine throughout the holiday season, into January and beyond.
The flu can cause severe illness and even death. Nationally, it is estimated that over 36,000 people die from flu-related complications each year. In Pennsylvania, approximately 1,000 deaths occur each year.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices now recommends flu vaccination for all individuals six months of age and older.

Huff also suggested taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of influenza and other respiratory illnesses:

·         Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately discard the used tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve, but never into your hands or onto bare skin.
·         Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
·         Keep your hands away from your face and do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes.
·         Keep frequently used surfaces such as knobs, countertops and desks clean.
·         Stay home from work or school whenever you are sick to avoid infecting others. For the flu, stay home until at least 24 hours after you are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.   Individuals seeking influenza vaccine are encouraged to contact their healthcare provider or call 1-877- PA HEALTH. For more information on seasonal influenza, visit .

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