Vaccination clinics for the seasonal influenza will be held at the Charles County Department of Health offices at 4545 Crain Highway in White Plains on:

October 2, Friday                               8:30am-10:00am                                Seniors and Caregivers
injectable vaccine only

October 2, Friday                               10:00am-2:00pm                                6 mos. and over

Injectable vaccine only

October 16, Friday                             2:00pm-6:00pm                                  6 mos. and over

November 7, Saturday                        10:00am-2:00 pm                               6 mos. and over

December 17, Thursday                     3:00pm-7:00 pm                                 6 mos. and over

 

Off-site flu immunizations will be held at:

Western County Family Medical Center

4375 Port Tobacco Rd.

Nanjemoy, MD 20662

October 21, Wednesday                     3:00pm-7:00pm                                  6 mos. and over

 

Smallwood Midle School

4990 Indian Head Hwy

Indian Head, MD 20640

November 10, Tuesday                      4:00pm-7:00pm                                  6 mos. and over

 

Piccowaxen Middle School

12834 Rock Point Rd

Newburg, MD 20664

November 12, Thursday                     3:00pm-7:00pm                                  6 mos. and over

 

Thomas Stone High School

3785 Leonardtown Rd

Waldorf,  MD 20601

November 17, Tuesday                      3:00pm-7:00pm                                  6 mos. and over

 

La Plata High School

6035 Radio Station Rd

La Plata, MD 20646

November 19, Thursday                     3:00pm-7:00pm                                  6 mos. and over           

Influenza immunizations will be held in all Charles County Public Elementary Schools during the month of October for students.  Parents will receive information regarding immunization directly from their child’s school.  

 

The Flu Shot
People who can get the flu shot:

  • Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, (see Note), but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up. Flu shots are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

People who can’t get the flu shot:

  • Children younger than 6 months are too young to get a flu shot
  • People with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. This might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients. See Special Considerations Regarding Egg Allergy for more information about egg allergies and flu vaccine.

Note: There are certain flu shots that have different age indications. For example people younger than 65 years of age should not get the high-dose flu shot and people who are younger than 18 years old or older than 64 years old should not get theintradermal flu shot.

People who should talk to their doctor before getting the flu shot:

  • If you have an allergy to eggs or any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your allergy.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
  • If you are not feeling well. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms.

 

The Nasal Spray Vaccine
 People who can get the nasal spray vaccine:

  • The nasal spray vaccine is approved for use in people 2 years through 49 years of age.

People who cannot get the nasal spray vaccine:

  • Children younger than 2 years
  • Adults 50 years and older
  • People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine
  • People who are allergic to eggs
  • Children or adolescents (2 years through 17 years of age) on long-term aspirin treatment.
  • Pregnant women
  • People with weakened immune systems (immunosuppression)
  • Children 2 years through 4 years who have asthma or who have had a history of wheezing in the past 12 months.
  • People who have taken influenza antiviral drugs within the previous 48 hours.
  • People who care for severely immunocompromised persons who require a protective environment (or otherwise avoid contact with those persons for 7 days after getting the nasal spray vaccine).

People who should talk to their doctor before getting nasal spray vaccine:

There are also other “warnings and precautions” for the nasal spray flu vaccine. You should talk to your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Asthma: People of any age with asthma might be at increased risk for wheezing after getting the nasal spray vaccine.
  • A chronic condition like lung disease, heart disease, kidney or liver disorders, neurologic/neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders. The safety of the nasal spray vaccine has not been established in people with underlying medical conditions that place them at high risk of serious flu complications. See People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications.
  • If you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralyzing illness, also called GBS). Some people with a history of GBS should not get this vaccine. Talk to your doctor about your GBS history.
  • If you have gotten any other vaccines in the past 4 weeks, or if you are not feeling well.

For information about the flu clinics contact the Charles County Department of Health at 301-609-6900

For information regarding the flu go to the Centers for Disease Control website  http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm#annual-vaccination.