From the Harford County Health Department:
The Harford County Health Department has announced it will conduct two additional seasonal influenza vaccination clinics for the general public next week on Monday, November 15th and Wednesday, November 17th from 3:00 and 4:00pm on a “drop-by” basis at their Woodbridge Station operations center located at 1321 Woodbridge Station Way in Edgewood, Maryland.
No appointments are necessary. Seasonal FluMist or injectable vaccine will be provided at no cost to Harford County elementary, middle and high school students. The charge for adults is $20 payable by check, cash or charge. Medicare Part B also will be accepted.
This year, the Harford County Health Department will also make available the Fluzone High-Dose Flu Vaccine. This seasonal flu vaccine is targeted for persons 65 years of age and older and is stronger than the regular seasonal flu vaccine. Because the body’s immune defenses become weaker with age, this stronger vaccine was developed with the goal of improving immune response among older people, and therefore, better protecting them against the flu. Medicare Part B covers the cost of the vaccine. For those who do not have Medicare Part B, the cost for the Fluzone High-Dose Flu Vaccine is $30, also payable by cash, check or charge.
Harford County Health Officer Susan Kelly wishes to remind the public that, “Vaccination is safe, reliable, and the single best way to prevent serious consequences of the flu, as well as the spread of influenza. This year’s seasonal flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains, including H1N1, that research predicts will cause the most illness during the current flu season.”
Viral influenza is a contagious and potentially very serious respiratory illness that can cause severe complications such as pneumonia, dehydration and sinus infections, and can also worsen chronic heart or lung disease. It is spread from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing and also can be spread through direct contact with an infected person. On average, more than 226,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications and about 36,000 people die every year in the United States from flu-related illness.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not anticipate an influenza vaccine shortage this year and sufficient opportunities exist for all Harford County residents to be immunized through participating community physician and retail partners. To protect against influenza, vaccination is recommended for all adults and children aged 6 months and older, including all those that previously received H1N1 vaccination. However, the vaccine currently is not approved for children younger than 6 months of age.
For additional information on these vaccination clinics and a current update on all scheduled clinics, visit the Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com or call 410-612-1779.