SNOW HILL, Md. (October 8, 2013) – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2013-2014 seasonal flu. Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with the first laboratory-confirmed case identified in a child from the National Capital Region who was briefly hospitalized and is now recovering, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced.
This year’s vaccine provides protection against three strains of flu virus expected to circulate this season, including the strain already identified in the first case. All people, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, are strongly recommended to get a flu vaccine each year.
People age 65 years and older have a choice of two flu vaccines available to them at the Worcester County Health Department. They can choose to receive a regular flu vaccine or a high dose flu vaccine which may result in a stronger immune response against the flu.
Flu vaccine is available for Worcester county residents at the health department locations in Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Berlin. Community clinics will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the following dates:
· Wednesdays, October 16, October 23, and October 30 at the Pocomoke Health Center.
· Thursdays, October 17, October 24, and October 31 at the Berlin Health Center
· Fridays, October 18, October 25, and November 1 at the Snow Hill Health Department.
Worcester County Health Department will bill Medicare and Medicaid for flu vaccine. Medicare or Medicaid cards must be presented at the time of service. For all others, the suggested donation for the flu vaccine is $15. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
For more information visit the Worcester County Health Department‘s website at www.worcesterhealth.org or call us at 410-632-1100.