Free flu vaccine available
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Health Department will begin offering flu vaccinations; while supplies last, all persons 6 months of age and older are eligible to receive a free vaccine. Clinics will be held on Tuesdays in October and November at the health department, 206 North Commerce St., Centreville.
Vaccines will be given on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 1 to 7 p.m. and on the second and fourth Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The health department will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8 for Election Day.
The CDC has recommended that FluMist not be used this year due to studies showing decreased effectiveness. All schoolbased FluMist clinics have been canceled for this year. In their place, the health department will host three regional flu vaccine clinics. Parents will be able to be present when children are given their flu shot and can get their own shot at the same time.
The regional clinics will be open from 4 to 8 p.m Monday, Oct. 17, at Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department; and Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the health department.
The health department reminds residents to “Be flu ready” by getting a flu vaccine, washing your hands often — especially after coughing and sneezing — getting plenty of exercise and sleep, and eating a nutritious diet.
For information, call 410-7580720 or visit www.qahealth.org or www.facebook.com/QACDOH. Follow on Twitter @QACDOH.