Saturday, December 5, 2020. North Laurel Community Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel, MD 20723)
FREE Walk-Up clinic. Appointments strongly encouraged. Visit www.marylandvax.org and search "North Laurel"
The Health Department is encouraging people of all ages to get a seasonal flu shot from a healthcare provider, local pharmacy, retailer or big box store. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school (even virtual school) due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
To find locations for flu shots visit the CDC's VaccineFinder HERE, or by clicking on the widget at the bottom of the page.
Did you know that our Drive-thru Flu Vaccination Clinics also served to prepare us to be able to quickly and safely vaccinate large numbers of people once there is vaccine available for COVID-19? Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of our Drive-thru Flu Vaccination Clinics by watching our YouTube video HERE.
Are you a senior who needs a ride to your flu shot? Neighbor Ride provides a FREE ride to your chosen provider. For more information, visit neighborride.org/freeride or call 410-884-RIDE (7433)
Flu prevention tips:
CDC Flu Page
CDC Flu FAQ Page
Maryland Department of Health Flu Page
What can I do to protect myself from getting sick? Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.
What is the difference between the Flu and COVID-19
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19 share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two. Click HERE to view the CDC Flu vs. COVID-19 page
Will there be flu along with COVID-19 in the fall and winter?
While it’s not possible to say with certainty what will happen in the fall and winter, CDC believes it’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both be spreading. In this context, getting a flu vaccine will be more important than ever. CDC recommends that all people 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.
Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible have flu, as well as other respiratory illnesses, and COVID-19 at the same time. Health experts are still studying how common this can be.
Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Diagnostic testing can help determine if you are sick with flu or COVID-19.