Seasonal Flu Vaccine
- Last Updated: 12.4.14
Free seasonal flu shots and nasal spray are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Department of Health’s Glen Burnie (410-222-6633) and Parole (410-222-7247) health centers. Call for appointments. The vaccine is free; however, donations to help cover the cost of administering the vaccine are welcome.
Center Locations: Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street, S.W., Glen Burnie, MD 21061 and Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Insurance plans and Medicare now cover the cost of the flu vaccine, and you can also contact your primary health care provider for the vaccine.
The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. It is extremely important for some people to get vaccinated, especially people who are at high risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia if they get sick with the flu. This includes people who have certain medical conditions, e.g., asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and those 65 years old and older. Household contacts and caregivers of people at high risk of developing serious complications should also get the flu vaccine. The nasal spray is only for healthy people ages 2-49, and it is not for pregnant women.
A flu vaccine is needed annually, because flu viruses are constantly changing. The flu vaccine is formulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change. Studies have shown that the body's immunity to influenza viruses (acquired either through natural infection or vaccination) declines over time.
Each year in the United States, on average 23,600 people die from seasonal flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related causes. During flu season 2013-2014, the Department of Health provided more than 27,000 doses of seasonal flu vaccine at County clinics.
For information on flu prevention:
- Tips to Prevent the Flu
- 4 Good Habits 4 Good Health Posters (PDF)
- CDC: Key Facts About Seasonal Influenza (Flu)
- CDC: Flu Shot Fact Sheet
- CDC: Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine
- Free FluMist Vaccination Program for Public Elementary School Students
- High-Dose Vaccine for Age 65 and Older
- Influenza Disease or "Flu"
- Smoking and the Flu