The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the annual influenza vaccination for everyone who is six months and older. And, as we’ve noted on our blog previously, now is the ideal time to get your flu shot.
For many with insurance, a quick trip to a nearby pharmacy or primary care provider is all it will take to get a free or low-cost flu shot this year. But if you’re facing economic hardship and are worried about being able to afford seasonal flu vaccination for you or your family, you’re not alone — and you’re not without help.
This year, the Charles County Department of Health is once again hosting a handful of free flu immunization clinics right here in Southern Maryland. These clinics are free-of-charge for adults and children alike and are being offered throughout November and December. Here’s a look at the upcoming clinics:
Thursday, November 1 | 3:00-7:00pm
Piccowaxen Middle School — 12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664
Saturday, November 3 | 10:00am-2:00pm
Charles County Department of Health — 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20664
Thursday, November 8 | 4:00-7:00pm
Smallwood Middle School — 4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20646
Tuesday, November 13 | 3:00-7:00pm
Thomas Stone High School — 3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20695
Thursday, December 13 | 3:00-7:00pm
Charles County Department of Health — 4545 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20695
For more information about these clinics and other services offered by the Charles County Department of Health, visit CharlesCountyHealth.org or call (301) 609-6900.
Everyday Ways to Prevent Spreading the Flu
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses, but it’s not a guaranteed way to prevent getting sick or spreading the illness. Here are some everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of flu this fall and winter:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as germs are easily spread this way
- Do your best to avoid contact with sick people
- If you’re sick, limit your contact with others as much as possible
- If you’re dealing with a flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
For additional information and tips for how you can protect yourself and your family from the flu this year, visit the CDC’s website.