Health Department to Hold a Drive-Thru, Walk-Thru Children’s Flu Shot Clinic

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With Flu season in its early stages, the Harford County Health Department is holding a no-cost children’s flu vaccine clinic to help fight the flu.

The drive-thru, walk thru clinic will be held on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Edgewood health department location for Harford County school-aged children (Kindergarten through 12th grade and under 19 years of age). Harford County Public Schools are closed that day, so parents and guardians are encouraged to register the child for a guaranteed flu shot. The health department cannot guarantee availability of the shot if a child is not registered. Registration is available HERE.

Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu signs and symptoms usually come on suddenly and can include the following symptoms:

• Fever or feeling feverish/chills
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Muscle or body aches
• Headaches
• Fatigue (tiredness)
• Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Fighting the flu is especially important this year with COVID-19 also circulating, as symptoms of the Flu and COVID-19 are very similar. While getting a flu shot cannot protect against COVID-19, it can help reduce the risk of co-infection of both viruses.

Acting Health Officer, Marcy Austin says, “although getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, the flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and worse, death. We hope that Harford County parents and guardians take advantage of the no-cost flu clinic that we’re hosting and protect the health of our children.”

The details of the event are:
Where: 1321 Woodbridge Station Way, Edgewood, MD 21040
When: Monday, November 2, 2020 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Who: School-aged children between the ages of five and 19.
Registration Link HERE.

For more information or any questions, please contact the Harford County Health Department at410-612-1779.