Located at Geisinger Jersey Shore, 116 Kerr Ave., Jersey Shore, and Geisinger Mount Pocono, 126 Market Way, Mount Pocono, the clinics are equipped with rapid respiratory panel testing capabilities. This includes testing for influenza strains A and B; respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); streptococcus (strep); and COVID-19. While testing for COVID-19 is part of the respiratory panel, these locations are not COVID-19 testing centers.
“This cold and flu season comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the viruses have similar symptoms,” said Richard Martin, M.D., primary care physician at Geisinger. “By opening these dedicated cold and flu centers, we’re helping people get the care they need in the most efficient way.”
The clinics can treat anyone over the age of 1, and same-day and next-day appointments are available. For an appointment at Jersey Shore, call 800-230-4565. For an appointment at Mount Pocono call 570-839-3633. Your primary care physician can also refer you to one of the clinics.
“While we’re adding these cold and flu centers as an additional level of care in our communities, it’s still crucial for you to get your annual flu shot,” Martin said. “Getting your flu shot this year is critical in helping to keep flu-related hospitalizations to a minimum so we don’t overwhelm the health care system with cases of the flu and COVID-19 viruses.”
To learn more about Geisinger Cold & Flu Centers, visit geisinger.org/coldandflu. Additional walk-in cold and flu care centers are located at Geisinger Convenient Care locations in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. To learn where to get a flu shot, visit geisinger.org/flunews.
If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, or need a COVID-19 test, call Geisinger’s coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 for testing.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes nine hospital campuses, a 550,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.