The Harford County Health Department has announced seasonal flu vaccine clinics at several Harford County locations. In a recent press release, the department highly recommends the seasonal flu vaccine as a primary defense against serious illness for all adults and children aged 6 months and older. The seasonal flu vaccine will not specifically protect against the H1N1 virus (a.k.a. swine flu), but the seasonal flu vaccine may help improve your overall health during the coming flu season, when both seasonal and H1N1 influenza strains are expected to be circulating.
Here’s the information about the clinics, followed by some important tips on how to keep illness from spreading:
COST: Free to persons with Medicare Part B (Please bring your Medicare card) $20.00 (cash or check) for all others. No Medical Assistance will be accepted. Please wear short sleeve or loose fitted shirts.
WHO: Adults and children age 6 months and older should receive the vaccine.
FLUMIST®: FluMist® nasal spray has been approved for healthy people ages 2 – 49 years.
2009 SEASONAL FLU VACCINE CLINIC LOCATIONS
On average, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die from flu every year in the United States. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. The Harford County Health Department encourages you and your family to take advantage of the following flu clinics:
ABERDEEN: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
DRIVE-THRU ONLY (Rain date Friday, October 2nd)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m
873 Long Dr.
Aberdeen, MD. 21001
FALLSTON: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2009
DRIVE-THRU ONLY (NO RAIN DATE)
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fallston Middle School
2303 Carrs Mill Road
Fallston, MD 21047
LEVEL/ HAVRE DE GRACE: MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2009
WALK IN CLINIC 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Level Fire Hall
3633 Level Village Rd.
Havre de Grace, MD. 21078
EDGEWOOD: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2009
WALK IN CLINIC 3:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.
Woodbridge Station location of the Harford County Health Dept.
1321 Woodbridge Station Way
Edgewood, MD. 21040
Please note: If you have a scheduled appointment at the Health Department at Woodbridge Station (1321 Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood), flu vaccine will also be available for a $20 fee.
For answers to specific questions regarding flu clinics, call (410) 612-1779.
Harford County Health Department 24-Hour Flu Hotline: 410-612-1779
Upper Chesapeake Medical Center 24-Hour Flu Hotline: 443-643-2800
FURTHER INFO: For general information about flu, check our website at http://www.harfordcountyhealth.com
The public is encouraged to continue to use common sense and to employ all practical means to minimize their risk of exposure to illness and is reminded to:
– Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, since germs spread that way.
– Stay away from crowded living and sleeping spaces, if possible.
– Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with other people to protect them from catching your illness.