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LARGO, MD – The Prince George’s County Health Department released its schedule of when and where residents can get free influenza vaccinations for the 2018 flu season.
Clinics are open to all county residents and no appointments are necessary. People younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian. Injectable flu vaccines will be available to anyone 6 monthsand older.
Saturday, September 29Mt. Rainier Nature & Recreation Center4701 31st PlaceMt. Rainier, MD 207121 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 11Springhill Lake Recreation Center6101 Cherrywood LaneGreenbelt, MD 207701 p.m. to 7 p.m.Saturday, October 13Turner Memorial AME Church7201 16th PlaceHyattsville, MD 2078310 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 14 Woodstream Church9800 Lottsford RoadMitchellville, MD 207218 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, October 18 Pallotti High School113 St. Mary’s PlaceLaurel, MD 2070710 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 3Wayne K. Curry Sports & Learning Complex8001 Sheriff RoadLandover, MD 2078510 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Starting Monday, October 1Cheverly Health Center3003 Hospital Drive Suite 2082Cheverly, MD 20785Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Starting Wednesday, October 3D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center9314 Piscataway Road Suite 175 Clinton, MD 20735Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Prince George’s County Health Department encourages all residents to get vaccinated for the flu. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.How to Prevent the Flu:
Get your flu shot- the flu vaccine can help prevent the flu or reduce your symptoms if you become ill
Cover your cough and sneeze- this reduces the chance of spreading the virus to others
Avoid or limit contact with people you know are sick with the flu
Stay home if you are sick- you should stay home until at least 24 hours after you are fever free without the use of medications to reduce your fever
Wash your hands frequently (if soap and water not available, use hand sanitizer)
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth- this lessens the possibility of the virus entering your body through mucous membranes
Clean high touch or shared surfaces/equipment/objects frequently- surfaces and objects can be contaminated with the flu virus and spread to you if you touch it and then touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
For more information on flu prevention, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm