Sen. Scavello, Department of Health to Offer Shingles Vaccines at West End Fair

Gilbert, PA – State Senator Mario Scavello will continue his Healthy Living Series in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to offer low-cost shingles vaccine shots at the 2016 West End Fair.

On Wednesday, August 24, the Department of Health will administer the vaccines to qualifying individuals at Senator Scavello’s booth at the West End Fair (570 Fairgrounds Road, Gilbert, PA) between the hours of noon – 3:00 p.m. The vaccines will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis.

The $5.00 low-cost shingles vaccine shots are available to people age 50 or older who are uninsured or underinsured. This service is not available to anyone with Medicare Part D or insurance that already covers the vaccination. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will accept a personal check or money order made payable to “Commonwealth of PA.” Cash will not be accepted.

Shingles is a painful localized skin rash, often with blisters, that is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.  Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles, which can lead to more serious diseases. Shingles is more common in people 50 years old or older, people who have medical conditions that keep the immune system from working properly or people who receive immunosuppressive drugs.

The 95th Annual West End Fair hosts Senior Citizen Day on Wednesday, August 24 offering a reduced admission rate of $3.00 at the gate for those aged 65 years and older. Senator Scavello’s booth is located through the Main Gate entrance, next to the First Aid-West End Ambulance booth.

State Senator Mario Scavello represents the 40th Senatorial District, which includes portions of Monroe and Northampton Counties. To find out more information regarding this event or any state-related issue, please visit www.marioscavello.com or email mscavello@pasen.gov.

Contact: Linda Womer
Phone: 570-620-4326