Montgomery County Health Officials Urge Residents to Get a Flu Shot and Set Schedule of County-Operated Vaccination Clinics

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County:
Montgomery County health officials are urging all residents to get a flu vaccination and the County will hold clinics for adults and children in October and November. Getting a flu vaccination does not protect against COVID-19, but flu shots have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.

Seasonal flu vaccinations are available through private health providers, as well as at retail locations throughout the community. County-sponsored seasonal flu vaccination clinics will include clinics for adults and for children ages six months and older.  The County will offer flu shots only.  High-dose flu vaccine and FluMist will not be available.

Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Anyone not wanting to get the flu should receive the seasonal flu vaccination, particularly the elderly, household members living with children younger than six months of age, health care workers and individuals with chronic illnesses.

The schedule for County-operated clinics:

  • Thursday, Oct. 13
    3-7 p.m.
    Universities at Shady Grove
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II
    Rockville
    Make an appointment for anyone six months of age and older
  • Thursday, Oct. 20
    3-7 p.m.
    Universities at Shady Grove
    9630 Gudelsky Drive, Building II
    Rockville
    Make an appointment for anyone six months of age and older

Paid visitor parking is available in the Traville Gateway Garage or Shady Grove Garage.  See parking map for more information.

The clinics are a partnership between Montgomery County Health and Human Services and the University of Maryland System.

A flu clinic for anyone six months and older will be held:

  • Thursday, Nov. 10
    9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Dennis Avenue Health Center
    2000 Dennis Avenue
    Silver Spring
    Make an appointment for a child 6 months to age 18
    Make an appointment for anyone 19 years of age and older

School age children up to 18 years of age can also visit the weekly Immunization Clinic every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dennis Avenue Health Center for flu vaccine.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits can often help stop the spread of germs and prevent illnesses like the flu. Good health habits include:

  • Always cover cough or sneeze with a tissue—then throw the tissue away or cough or sneeze into the inside of the elbow.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and before you eat. Alcohol hand sanitizer (minimum 60 percent alcohol) will help if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth. These are places germs can enter the body easily.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick, too.
  • Monitor yourself and your family for symptoms of fever which include chills, headache, sore throat, cough, body aches, and vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work, school, or other public places until you are feeling well.

See the County’s flu website for more information.

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