Health Department Is Still Offering Free Shingles Vaccines

Health Department Is Still Offering Free Shingles Vaccines


PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is reminding residents that it is offering the Shingles vaccine free of charge, until September 10, 2016, to uninsured or under-insured people, 50 years of age and older.

Shingles vaccines are available at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic located at 3441 Forbes Avenue in Oakland. No appointment is necessary; however, individuals are asked to call 412-578-8062 in advance to ensure supplies are still available.

Clinic hours are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters, caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Anyone who has had chickenpox can develop shingles because the virus remains in the nerve cells of the body after chickenpox goes away, but it can reappear many years later causing Shingles.

The risk of getting Shingles begins to increase around the age of 50. Anyone age 50 or older should get the vaccine, regardless of whether they recall having chickenpox. Studies show 99% of individuals 40 and older have had chickenpox.

People who have already had Shingles can still receive the vaccine to prevent future occurrences of the disease. The vaccine reduces the risk of developing Shingles by more than 50%, and it reduces the risk of pain after the rash by 67%.


Restoration Work to Begin September 6th at Round Hill Pond

Restoration Work to Begin September 6 at Round Hill Pond

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Departments of Public Works and Parks today announced that restoration work will begin on the Round Hill Pond beginning on September 6, 2016.  The work includes the removal of sediment in the pond, planting aquatic vegetation to improve water quality, improvements along the shoreline and landscape to improve access, and improvements to the adjacent outlet structure.


There will be no access to the pond and restrictions to parking will be implemented during construction.  This will be an active work site and park goers are asked to use caution and be aware of their surroundings.  Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of November.  This $480,000 project is being done by Pugliano Construction of Plum, PA.