Nothing feels like the flu. Everything hurts. Your body is sapped of energy. You're out of commission for days, possibly a week or longer. Most importantly, you want the illness to end fast.
If you think you may have the flu, here's a list of nearby locations that can help confirm it. Click on the links to see hours and days open:
Lehigh Valley Hospital- Cedar Crest, Cedar Crest Blvd. and I-78, Salisbury Township.
Patient First, 3178 W Tilghman St, Allentown.
Westfield Hospital, 4815 W Tilghman St, Allentown.
Remember, it's still not too late to get a flu shot. Outside of your personal physician's office, here are some nearby locations in the Upper Macungie area that offer that service.
Weis Markets, 3369 Route 100, Fogelsville. Cost: $29. Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Not available Sunday.)
CVS Pharmacy, 5801 Tilghman St., Allentown. Cost: $31.99. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rite Aid, 7719 Main St., Fogelsville. Cost: $29.99. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Rite Aid, located 6822 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, is currently out of flu vaccine but expects to have it in stock Monday. Cost: $29.99. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Walgreens Pharmacy at 6379 Hamilton Blvd. in Allentown is currently out of the flu vaccine, but an employee said more vaccines are on order. You can call the pharmacy and get on a priority waiting list. Cost: $31.99.
Giant Food Store, located at 7150 Hamilton Blvd. in Allentown, reports it is currently out of flu vaccine. There was no word if the store would be replenishing its supply.
Do you know of other places where flu vaccines are available? Please tell us in the comments.
Local Catholics will see two changes at Masses this weekend as a result of the flu outbreak. Allentown Bishop John Barres announced Friday there will be:
- No drinking from a chalice during holy communion.
- No physical contact during the sign of peace. (Instead of a handshake, parishioners may bow or nod to their fellow worshipers.)
These directives are temporary and will remain in effect until the bishop withdraws them.