Department of Health Provides Flu Vaccination Clinics
The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will begin its immunization clinics to provide flu vaccine to County residents on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Information on the clinics is available on the Department’s Web site, www.aahealth.org, and on the Flu Information Phone Line, (410) 222-7343.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccinations for anyone who wants to prevent the flu, as well as certain priority groups. Priority groups are: persons 50 years of age and older; individuals with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS; children 6-59 months old; pregnant women; health care personnel who provide direct patient care; and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 5 years old.
Both the injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided at the Health Services Building clinics on October 17, November 13 and December 11. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49. The nasal-spray flu vaccine is not for pregnant women.
Pneumococcal vaccine will be also available at all clinic locations. Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for persons over 65 years old, for persons with chronic heart and pulmonary conditions, and particularly for persons who have lost their spleen or have sickle cell anemia. For most people, pneumococcal vaccine only needs to be given once in a lifetime.
Although immunizations are free, the Department appreciates donations to help pay the cost of administering the vaccines. The suggested donation is $20. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation for both flu and pneumococcal vaccines; however, individuals must bring their Medicare cards.
2007 FLU IMMUNIZATION CLINICS
For additional information, call the Flu Line at 410-222-7343 or visit www.aahealth.org.