Baltimore County News
Residents encouraged to come to Super Saturday clinics
Baltimore County, Maryland—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 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven councilmanic districts:
Drumcastle Government Center
Dundalk Middle School
Hereford Middle School
Lansdowne Middle School
Randallstown Community Center
Middle River Middle School
Pikesville Middle School
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 on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.
Daily Weekday Clinics Also Offered
In order to ensure that as many residents as possible have their annual flu vaccine, the Baltimore County Department of Health will offer an evening flu clinic from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, at the Drumcastle Government Center, located at 6401 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21212.
Free flu shots (injectable only) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone six months and older. No appointment is necessary.
Daily Weekday Clinics
Free flu shots are also available at the Department’s Health Centers (with the exception of Towson) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of five or more individuals needing a flu shot, must call 410-887-2705 for an appointment.
“I cannot stress it enough, we can prevent the spread of flu,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “The best defense against the flu is to know 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, call the Department of Health at 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.