CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Health Department has begun its seasonal flu vaccine clinics and pneumonia vaccine will be available as well.
The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially the very young and the elderly, and those with other complicating health conditions such as heart disease, obesity, respiratory or neurological conditions. Caregivers for children younger than 6 months are also recommended to be vaccinated.
Upcoming clinics include:
• Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., Midland Fire Hall.
• Sept. 29, 9 to 11 a.m., Oldtown Fire Hall.
Both the regular flu shot and the high-dose flu shot will be offered for people 65 and older. The cost of vaccinations is $30 for the regular influenza vaccine, $44 for high-dose and $65 for pneumococcal. Payment can be made by cash or check. The health department can bill Medicare and non-PAC Maryland Physician’s Care. For other insurance plans, clients will be required to pay at the time of service.
Each year, seasonal influenza results in the hospitalization of roughly 200,000 people in the U.S., and more than 36,000 people nationwide die from influenza-related complications. Getting the flu shot may prevent getting the flu, or at least reduce the severity of illness, and can help prevent the spread of the flu. Health officials say that even healthy people should be vaccinated, particularly if they reside with or care for senior citizens, young children, or others who may be at high risk of complications from seasonal flu.
For more information, contact the health department at 301-759-5090 or go to www.alleganyhealthdept.com.