No appointments are necessary.
The Greenbelt Co-op Pharmacy will offer flu shots from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday in the co-op's second floor meeting room. It's $25 cash or check only; there is no Medicare billing. Bring ID; participants must be at least 18 years old to receive a shot. No appointments are necessary. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that influenza is serious and can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. Between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from about 3,000 to 49,000 people; and 90 percent of the deaths happen in the 65 years and older population, CDC says.
Nearly 1,000 people in Maryland die each year as a result of the flu.
At a 50 percent vaccination rate, Maryland surpassed the national average for flu shots last year.
Friday, September 23, 2011
by ASHLEY M. LATTA Capital News Service As October draws closer, so does the start of flu season. This year, all signs point toward a manageable situation. Still, Maryland health officials are strongly encouraging everyone age 6-months and older to get vaccinated as soon as possible. On Friday, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene kicked off its annual prevention campaign with a free flu clinic at the Baltimore County Health Department. By 10:30 a.m., 250 vaccines had been administered despite the pouring rain The department has monitored global flu activity all year, anticipating what this year's flu season could bring to Marylanders. And health officials like what they're seeing. "We have connections through the CDC, the …