With flu season rapidly approaching, Calvert County citizens are urged to get a flu vaccine early.
The flu vaccine will be available for adults by walk-in at the Calvert County Health Department beginning Oct. 15 on Tuesdays from 8:30-11 a.m. and Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. Residents are encouraged to get vaccinated early, as supplies are limited.
The Calvert County Health Department is located at 975 Solomons Island Road North in Prince Frederick.
The cost is $20 for the standard vaccine and $55 for a high-dose vaccine (for ages 65 and older). Cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Medicare Part B are accepted. The Health Department will bill private insurance or Medicaid as appropriate. Most general practitioners and pharmacies also provide the flu vaccine.
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to prevent coming down with the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older.
Influenza cases usually begin in Calvert County in October or November with the greatest number of cases occurring in January and February. In an average year, influenza is the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S. and leads to approximately 750,000 hospitalizations.
For more information, visit https://www.calverthealth.org/healthupdates/flunotice.htm or contact the Calvert County Health Department at 410-535-5400.