In case you haven't heard, our area is experiencing one of its worst flu outbreaks in years.
In fact, the Allentown Diocese of the Catholic Church announced temporary modifications to masses this weekend that are a result of the flu outbreak.
Allentown Bishop John Barres announced that 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 will remain in effect until the bishop withdraws them.
If you live locally and you think you may have the flu, here's a list of nearby locations that can help confirm it:
Saucon Valley Medical Center (Urgent Care), 4801 Saucon Creek Road, Center Valley, Phone: (610) 625-9090, Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am - 8pm; Sat, 9am - 4pm; Sun, 10am - 3pm, Additional information: svdoctor.com
Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Salisbury Township, Phone: (610) 402-8000, Hours: 24-hour ER, Additional information: http://www.lvhn.org/
St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem Campus, 801 Ostrum St., Fountain Hill, Phone: 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), Hours: 24-hour ER, Additional information: http://www.slhn.org/contact-us
St. Luke's University Hospital-Anderson Campus, 1872 Riverside Circle, Easton, Phone: 1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), Hours: 24-hour ER, Additional information: http://www.slhn.org/contact-us
Also, if you choose to, it's still not too late to get a flu shot. In addition to your personal physician's office, here are some nearby locations that offer flu shots (subject to availability) to walk-in patients:
CVS Pharmacy, 1332 Main St., Hellertown, Phone: 610-838-5611, Hours: Mon - Sat, 7am - 9:30pm; Sun, 7am - 8pm, Cost per shot: $31.99 (if not covered by insurance)
Rite Aid, 110 Main St., Hellertown, Phone: 610-838-7371, Hours: Mon - Sat, 8am - 9pm; Sun, 9:30am - 5:30pm, **TEMPORARILY OUT OF FLU SHOTS AS OF FRIDAY, JAN. 11, WITH ARRIVAL TIME FOR A NEW SHIPMENT UNKNOWN**
Giant Food Store, 1880 Leithsville Road, Lower Saucon Township, Phone: 610-838-7700, Pharmacy hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - 9pm; Sat, 9am - 6pm; Sun, 10am - 4pm, **OUT OF FLU SHOTS AS OF FRIDAY, JAN. 11, WITH NO MORE SHIPMENTS ANTICIPATED, ACCORDING TO A RECORDED PHARMACY PHONE MESSAGE**
Saucon Valley Medical Center (Urgent Care), 4801 Saucon Creek Road, Center Valley, Phone: (610) 625-9090, Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am - 8pm; Sat, 9am - 4pm; Sun, 10am - 3pm, Cost per shot: $29 (if not covered by insurance)
Note: If you know of another nearby location currently offering flu shots to the public, please post information about it in the comments section below. Thanks!