Halloween is fast approaching, as is the decidedly less enjoyable flu season.
In a nod to this annual crossover, Montgomery County is asking residents to say “BOO” to the flu at the zoo — specifically, the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown.
This Saturday, Oct. 9, the zoo will host a flu vaccine clinic. The event, a partnership between the Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (MCIC), the zoo, and Giant Pharmacy, will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
Anyone 3 years old and up who gets vaccinated will receive free admission to the zoo. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Those interested may register for the flu clinic online.
In addition to protecting residents against the flu, Arkoosh encouraged flu shots to conserve medical resources for COVID-19 patients. Montgomery County, like nearly all of Pennsylvania, continues to see high levels of community transmission of COVID-19.
“Because flu and COVID-19 share many symptoms, preventing flu means fewer people will need to seek medical care,” county officials said in a statement.
Outside of the zoo flu clinic, people who live, work, or go to school in Montgomery County may opt to get a flu shot at a county-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages people to get their flu shot by the end of October.