Senator Brooks to Host Senior Expo on September 23

Flu Shots and Pneumonia Vaccines Offered, Donation Collection for Our Troops

Senator Michele Brooks will host her annual Senior Expo on Friday, September 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Greenville Plaza, Hadley Road, Greenville.

A number of local organizations and businesses, health associations, as well as state and federal agencies will be participating in this event. Representatives will provide information on numerous subjects of interest to older residents including health care, senior housing, veterans benefits, and fraud prevention. Participants will be eligible for door prizes and free refreshments will be provided.

Flu shots for military veterans and non-veterans and pneumonia vaccinations will be available at the expo:

Flu Shots for Veterans — Free for veterans with DD214 or who are already registered with the Veterans Administration.

Flu Shots for Non-Veterans — For non-veterans, flu shots will be covered under Medicare Part B and various insurance plans including: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caremark/CVS, Cigna, Coventry, Freedom Blue/Security Blue, Health America, Highmark, Medco, Tricare, United Health, and UPMC. Otherwise, they are available for $32.99 in cash or check.

Pneumonia Vaccines — Available through the Department of Health for those without insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover it. Seniors who are interested should check with their insurance companies beforehand. Constituents will also be asked to verify their previous pneumonia vaccination history.  A $5 co-pay, dependent on income, may be required and is payable by check or money order addressed to “Commonwealth of PA”. Cash and credit/debit cards cannot be accepted.

Supporting Our Troops

Once again we will be helping our troops by collecting items at the expo, in partnership with Post 52’s Project Support Our Troops. The items collected will to be sent as thanks to our servicemen and women overseas. If you’d like to participate, the following items would be appreciated: peanuts, beef jerky, hand sanitizer, lip balm, small tissue packs, eye drops, and more. For a full list of needed items, visit www.post52.com.

This year’s expo will also include two interactive exhibits: the Pennsylvania WoodMobile and the Erie VA Mobile Vet Center. The WoodMobile provides information on the state’s forest resource and the state’s forest products industry.  Visitors will learn about Pennsylvania’s forests’ history, use touchscreen technology to interact with various threats to the forests, and learn about Pennsylvania’s forest products industry. The Erie VA Mobile Vet Center will also be on-hand to tour and a representative will be available to VA outreach services. Visitors are encouraged to board the vehicle and learn more about its role in VA programs and disaster assistance.

For more information about the senior expo, constituents may call Senator Brooks’ office at (724) 588-8911.

Contact:         Meagan Waters                       (814) 337-8132          mwaters@pasen.gov