Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz this week joined forces with state and local health officials to promote flu shot season in the county, and was scheduled to get a flu shot himself during a Towson press conference on Oct. 9.
Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, director of the county's Department of Health and Human Services, and LaVerne Naesea, executive director of the Maryland Board of Pharmacy, also unveiled a "Super Saturday" slate of flu vaccination clinics across the county.
County residents can get a free flu vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, at any one of the following locations:
• Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, First Floor, Towson.
• Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Road, Monkton.
• Holabird Middle School, 1701 Delvale Avenue, Dundalk.
• Lansdowne Middle School, 2400 Lansdowne Road, Lansdowne.
• Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown.
Health officials say anyone six months or older is encouraged to receive an annual flu vaccination. For additional information about the clinic schedule, call 410-887-2243.
In addition, Franklin Square Hospital will host a "drive through" flu shot clinic on in partnership with the health department on Sunday, Nov. 4, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Community College of Baltimore County, Essex Campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd.
The county is also hosting an Ask-a-Pharmacist Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. From 5 to 7 p.m., pharmacists will be available to take residents' questions, at 410-887-2243, regarding flu vaccinations and the use of Flumist and flu shots; over-the-counter cold and flu medications; prescribed flu medications; medical conditions and flu vaccination eligibility; and cold and flu prevention tips.
Officials said residents can help protect themselves from seasonal flu by getting a vaccination, frequently washing hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, and taking time off work and seeking medical care when symptoms arise.