Health Department Announces Influenza Vaccination Schedule

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Health Department Announces Influenza Vaccination Schedule

CHARLES COUNTY - 9/27/2010

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Vaccinations for the seasonal influenza will be available for all Charles County residents beginning in October, 2010. Only one injection will be required this year to protect residents against the flu. The 2010 vaccine includes protection against three strains of influenza virus. The Department of Health offers both injectable and nasal spray vaccine for distribution to residents

Dr. C. Devadason, Charles County Health Officer says, “The first and most important step in protection against the flu virus is to get immunized. This will help you and your family stay healthy.”
Date Time Location Targeted Group
October 8
8:30am-4pm
Charles County Dept. of Health
Seniors 65+
Super Vaccine Available
October 15
10am– 5 pm
Charles County Dept. of Health
All Ages*
November 6
10pm-2pm
Charles County Dept. of Health
All Ages*
December 8
2pm-6pm
Charles County Dept. of Health
All Ages*

The Centers for Disease Control strongly recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older gets immunized against influenza. Priority groups for vaccination include:
 

·Pregnant women
·Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
·People 50 years of age and older
·People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
·People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
·People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
oHealth care workers
oHousehold contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
oHousehold contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)
A new high dose or “super” vaccine has been developed that produces a more robust immune response to influenza in people 65+. * While seniors may attend any of the immunization clinics the “super” vaccine may not be available at all clinics. Check with the Department of Health for availability.
 


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