Health dept. to of­fer free flu vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics

Maryland Independent - - News -

The Charles County Depart­ment of Health has re­leased its sched­ule of free flu im­mu­niza­tions clin­ics for 2016. The clin­ics are open to county res­i­dents 6 months old and older.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) rec­om­mends that ev­ery­one re­ceive an in­fluenza vac­ci­na­tion ev­ery year. This year the CDC rec­om­mends the nasal spray flu vac­cine, Flu Mist, not be used dur­ing the 20162017 flu sea­son. Since the Flu Mist will not be avail­able this year, pub­lic el­e­men­tary school clin­ics have been can­celled, how­ever res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to speak with their pri­mary health care provider about get­ting a flu vac­ci­na­tion, or come to one of the free Flu vac­ci­na­tion clin­ics listed be­low:

• Charles County Depart­ment of Health (4545 Crain High­way, White Plains): Fri­day, Oct. 28, 2-6 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thurs­day, Dec. 15, 3-7 p.m. •

School J.P. (12140Ryon Ele­men­taryVi­vian Adams Drive, Wal­dorf):

Satur­day, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Westlake High School (3300 Mid­dle­town Rd, Wal­dorf):

Tues­day, Oct. 18, 3-7 p.m.

• Western County Fam­ily Med­i­cal Cen­ter (4375 Port To­bacco Road, Nan­je­moy):

Tues­day, Oct. 25, 1-5 p.m.

• Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School (12834 Rock Point Road, New­burg):

Tues­day, Nov. 1, 3-7 p.m.

• Small­wood Mid­dle School (4990 In­dian Head High­way, In­dian Head):

Thurs­day, Nov. 10, 4-7 p.m.

• Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonard­town Road, Wal­dorf):

Tues­day, Nov. 15, 3-7 p.m.

• La Plata High School (6035 Ra­dio Sta­tion Road, La Plata):

Thurs­day, Oct. 20, 3-7 p.m.

Thurs­day, Nov. 17, 3-7 p.m.

In­fluenza is a se­ri­ous dis­ease that causes mil­lions of ill­nesses, hun­dreds of thou­sands of hos­pi­tal­iza­tions, and thou­sands of deaths each year. The strain of in­fluenza virus cir­cu­lat­ing varies from year to year.

For in­for­ma­tion about flu preparedness, go to www.cdc.gov/flu/ pro­tect/pre­vent­ing. htm. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the flu in­for­ma­tion or flu vac­ci­na­tions, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyHealth.org or call 301-609-6900. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the

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