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photo of man getting flu shotSeven Locations for Super Saturday Flu Vaccination Clinics

Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.

On Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven council districts:

Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, First Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Dundalk Middle School 
7400 Dunmanway
Baltimore, Maryland 21222

Hereford Middle School
712 Corbett Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111

Lansdowne Middle School
2400 Lansdowne Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133

Middle River Middle School
800 Middle River Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21220

Pikesville Middle School
7701 Seven Mile Lane
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Appointments Not Necessary

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the County, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine – even if they were vaccinated last year – since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.


“I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information visit Super Saturday Flu vaccination clinics or call 410-887-BCHD (2243).

photo of Kamenetz, Dr. Dance and

Flu ShotDella J. Leister, R.N.
Deputy Health Officer
Baltimore County Department of Health

When you think about fall, what comes to mind? Colorful leaves, cooler temperatures…getting a flu shot? For those of us at the Baltimore County Department of Health, fall is the time when we promote the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of flu.

The best way to prevent the flu is by knowing the FACTS.

Frequently wash your hands.
Washing hands with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds is the best form of protection to reduce the spread of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Always get an annual flu shot.

Flu viruses are always changing; last season’s flu vaccine may not protect against newer viruses, and annual vaccination is the only way to maintain protection each season.

Cover your coughs and sneezes.   
Use a tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes, then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the crease of your arm (elbow area) to prevent your droplets from spreading. Never cough or sneeze into your hands. 

Take time off from school, work and social activities if you have symptoms.

People who have the flu often have these symptoms:
•    Fever or feeling feverish/chills
•    Cough
•    Sore throat
•    Runny or stuffy nose
•    Muscle or body aches
•    Headaches
•    Fatigue (tiredness)

Seek medical care if your symptoms get worse.
If your condition does not improve after taking over-the-counter medication to alleviate symptoms, call your doctor.

If you are looking to “stay in the game,” plan to get a flu shot. The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free flu shots on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at seven locations while supplies last. For more information, call 410-887-BCHD (2243).

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