Get a Free Flu Shot in Baltimore County
Still need a flu shot? We have a limited amount of vaccine available. Call 410-887-2705 to schedule an appointment.
Is the vaccine effective this flu season?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the current strain of the virus has mutated; however, the vaccine can still decrease the severity of illness caused by the virus. It can also protect against other circulating strains of the virus, which is why the CDC still recommends getting the vaccine.
Learn more about the effectiveness of the 2014 to 2015 flu vaccine.
Which flu vaccine is right for me?
There are two types of vaccines:
The “flu shot” — an inactivated vaccine (containing inactive virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than six months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.
The nasal-spray flu vaccine — a vaccine made with live, weakened flu viruses that is given as a nasal spray (sometimes called LAIV for “Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine”). The viruses in the nasal spray vaccine do not cause the flu. LAIV is approved for use in healthy people two through 49 years of age who are not pregnant.
Who should not get the vaccine?
If you have any severe (life-threatening) allergies you should not get vaccinated. If you ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of flu vaccine, or have a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, you may be advised not to get a dose. Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain a small amount of egg.
If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS) you should be discussed with your doctor if you should get vaccinated. Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine.
If you are not feeling well you may be asked to wait until you feel better before getting a flu shot.
Remember the Flu FACTS!
Residents are encouraged to remember the flu FACTS in order to prevent the spread of contagious viruses, including seasonal flu:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
- Always get an annual flu shot
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Take time off if you have symptoms
- Seek care if your symptoms get worse
Where can I get more information?
Visit www.flu.gov or the most up-to-date information on seasonal flu.
Revised January 17, 2015