Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

October 21, 2012

Flu season

Influenza vaccine clinic Thursday at fairgrounds

With the diagnosis of several confirmed cases in the Baltimore area, flu season has arrived — earlier than usual, according to health officials.

About 200,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of the flu, and more than 36,000 die because of flu-related complications.

There’s still ample time to receive the flu vaccine, and the Allegany County Health Department will hold an immunization clinic Oct. 25 for that purpose. It will be held in the Multipurpose Building at the Allegany County Fairgrounds from noon to 6 p.m.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says two different flu strains have been identified so far, and the vaccines are aimed at fighting three strains that are expected to be most prevalent.

Because the flu strains are different each year, last year’s shots will not remain useful.

The flu shot effectively prevents most cases of the flu and is recommended for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of illness or prevent the spread of the flu to others.

It is particularly important for children age 6 months to 18 years old, pregnant women, those who are immune-compromised or have any type of long-term illness, those over age 50, health care providers, and anyone working or living with people at high risk for influenza complications.

Although Thursday’s is the only large-scale public clinic planned in Allegany County, vaccines are offered on a walk-in basis at the Health Department’s Willowbrook Office Complex on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Some pharmacies and other area businesses also offer flu shots.

The cost this year is $30 for the regular flu vaccine, $46 for high-dose for those 65 and older, and $72 for pneumococcal vaccine.  

While payment is required at the time of service in the form of cash or check, no one will be denied service for inability to pay. 

The health department can bill Medicare and Maryland Physicians Care.  For all other insurance plans, a receipt can be provided upon request should you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurance provider.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • Not a villain Not a villain

    Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
    These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • About time About time

    Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where is it?

    Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo