LARGO, Md. (WUSA) - With the spread of the flu virus increasing, the Prince Georges County Health Department has announced it will host a special free walk-in clinic on Monday January 14, 2013.
County officials said that the county has entered the peak season for the spread of the seasonal flu virus, with January and February have been traditionally known for increased activity of the influenza virus
The Health Department is encouraging all Prince Georges County Residents to protect their health, the health of their family, friends, and co-workers by taking a flu shot to take advantage of the free flu vaccine clinic and community vaccination opportunities if they have not yet been vaccinated, said Health Officer Pamela Creekmur.
Free flu shots are available from the Health Department and many pharmacies and supermarkets are still providing flu shots for a fee.
The following locations will offer special free flu vaccination:
Cheverly Health Center Immunization Clinic, Room 2083 and Communicable Disease Clinic, Rm1066 located at 3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785
D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center HIV, Program located at 9314 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735.
Residents can also receive free vaccinations at the following Health Department clinics:
Cheverly Health Center
Communicable Disease Control Program
3003 Hospital Drive, Rm. 1066
Cheverly MD 20785
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone above the age of 6 months get vaccinated.
According to the CDC, people at a higher risk of serious health consequences from the flu virus are:
Children less than 5 years old
Persons aged 65 years or older
Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities
Adults and children who have asthma, chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders
Adults and children who have immunosuppressant (including immunosuppressant caused by medications or by HIV/AIDS, cancer or those on chronic steroids)
Children and adolescents (under 19 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection
People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
The best protection against the flu virus is vaccination and practicing good personal hygiene:
Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, and wiping or blowing your nose
If you have flu symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with other people to protect them from catching your illness.
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
Use paper tissues when wiping or blowing your nose; throw tissues away after use
Stay away from crowded living and sleeping spaces, if possible
If you develop symptoms of the flu (fever, body ache, fatigue, and dry cough) seek medical care quickly. The medications available to healthcare providers to treat the flu must usually begin within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms