The Cecil County Health Department is holding a free walk-in flu vaccination clinic for Cecil County residents ages six months through 18 years on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Children who have not yet received their seasonal flu vaccination may visit the Health Department, located at 401 Bow Street in Elkton, MD, and get a flu shot at no charge, while supplies last.
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Seasonal flu vaccination will be given by injection only, as nasal mist flu vaccines are unavailable this season.
The flu season in Maryland typically takes place from October until April or May. Flu intensity in Maryland is currently considered to be high and there is wide spread geographical impact.
The majority of activity in Maryland and nationwide has been caused by influenza A H3N2, associated with severe illness in young children and people 65 years and older. Nationwide, deaths have been occurring in relatively healthy people, and to date, there have been 53 pediatric deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season.
The best way to prevent flu is for anyone over the age of six months to get vaccinated every year, with rare exception. In addition to reducing the likelihood of getting sick with
flu, flu vaccination can make your illness milder if you do get sick, reduce flu-related hospitalizations, reduce a child’s risk of dying from flu, and protect those around you. Flu shots for children and adults are also available from some primary care providers, urgent care centers and retail pharmacies.
The Health Department has an online Flu Vaccine Finder available at http://cecilcountyhealth.org/community-healthservices/influenza/. Anyone with questions about flu vaccinations should contact Judi Rodemich at 410-996-5100.
The Cecil County Health Department, in partnership with the community, strives to improve the health of Cecil County and its residents by providing leadership to find solutions to our health problems through assessment, policy development and assurance of quality health services and education.