No health insurance? Insurance doesn’t cover the entire cost of the seasonal flu vaccine?
You don’t have to go without a flu shot just because you can’t afford one. The Charles County Department of Health understands how important the seasonal flu vaccine is to public health, which is why they are once again hosting a handful of free vaccination clinics and offering free flu shots during the 2019 flu season.
These clinics are 100 percent free and accept walk-ins during the times outlined below. These clinics will also be offering Flu Mist© (nasal spray) vaccinations this year.
Dates and Times of Free Flu Vaccine Clinics
Thursday, October 17 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
2040 St. Thomas Drive, Waldorf, MD 20602
Tuesday, October 29 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Piccowaxen Middle School
12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg, MD 20664
Thursday, November 7 | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Smallwood Middle School
4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head, MD 20640
Tuesday, November 12 | 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Westlake High School
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf, MD 20603
Free Flu Shots/Nasal Spray Offered Throughout Flu Season
If you can’t make it to any of the clinics noted above, the Charles County Department of Health offers free walk-in flu vaccinations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Their office is located at 4545 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20695.
For more information about any of the free clinics or walk-in vaccinations, please call (301) 609-6900.
Why the Flu Vaccine is Important
Don’t think you need to get a flu shot? Think again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over the age of six months receive the yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against widespread flu viruses.
In addition to protecting yourself from getting the flu, the seasonal flu vaccine also plays an important role in protecting those around you, especially members of the community who are most vulnerable, such as infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. And if that’s not reason enough, just think about how much time and money you can save by taking preventive measures rather than having to visit the doctor or getting medication after you become sick.
Simple Ways to Limit the Spread of the Flu
Getting the seasonal flu vaccine is a great first step in protecting yourself and those around you, but you should also follow these simple tips recommended by the CDC:
- 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 much as possible
- Limit contact with others if you become sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses or bacteria
To learn more about the seasonal flu and ways to protect yourself and your family, visit the CDC’s official website.