Maryland is preparing for a busy flu season, including Harford County. Cases of seasonal influenza have already been confirmed in other parts of Maryland and parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated. The Health Department is offering the seasonal flu shot, free of charge, to any child that is kindergarten-age through grade 12 during these times:
Saturday, November 4th
Patterson Mill Middle High School
85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air, MD 21015
(10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Thursday, November 9th
Red Pump Elementary School
600 Red Pump Road, Bel Air, MD 21014 Media Center
(1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu causes mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. Children, especially school-aged children, are more likely to catch the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is designed to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season. Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick.
For more information about the flu, visit the health department’s website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.