Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis Encourage Citizens to Prepare for Flu Season with Seasonal Flu Shot
Annapolis, MD (October 21, 2015) – To raise awareness as cold and flu season approaches, County Executive Steve Schuh and Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides visited Anne Arundel County’s first drive thru flu clinic at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis this morning.
“A little preparation goes a long way when preparing for flu season,” said Schuh. “This year, I encourage all citizens to take the proper precautions to prevent this avoidable illness.”
“This is another excellent example of how partnerships between the city and county benefit our residents,” Mayor Pantelides said. “The County Health Department, the City Office of Emergency Management, the Anne Arundel Medical Center, and numerous other agencies are making it their combined goal to get as many residents as possible vaccinated and avoid flu-related illness. This Office of Emergency Management exercise, is also a critical component of our ongoing efforts to test the city’s pandemic response plans, specifically our ability to mass inoculate the public during an epidemic of an infectious disease.”
Each year in the United States, thousands of people die from seasonal flu-related complications and approximately 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related causes.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. It is extremely important for some people to get vaccinated, especially people who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes people who have certain medical conditions, e.g., asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and those 65 years old and older.
Household contacts and caregivers of people at high risk of developing serious complications should also get the flu vaccine. The nasal spray is only for healthy people ages 2-49, and it is not for pregnant women.
The drive thru clinic was coordinated by the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, along with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, and other City and County agencies. Support was also provided by the Anne Arundel Medical Center.
For more information on how to receive a flu shot go to: http://aahealth.org/programs/comm-diseases/flu/seasonal.