Protect yourself, protect others – get a flu vaccine every year
Get vaccinated against the flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated. The circulating strains of flu are a good match with those included in this year’s vaccine.
If you are pregnant, you can and should receive the flu shot during any trimester. Pregnant women are at high risk of flu-related complications. If immunized during pregnancy, protective antibodies help protect your baby for up to 6 months after birth ( www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm).
Prevent the spread of germs: Cover coughs and sneezes
Cough and sneeze into your sleeve. This prevents germs from getting on your hands, which then leave germs on the things you touch (door knobs, hand rails, light switches, etc). Flu can survive on these surfaces for several hours!
If you use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
Stay home when you are sick
If you or your child has a fever, stay home! You or your child should be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to work or school. A fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine (like Tylenol).
If you are sick, do not visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, or any facility housing the elderly and/or anyone in frail health. People with certain health conditions are more likely to have complications that result in hospitalization or even death. Limiting contact with others as much as possible while you are sick keeps you from infecting them.
Help track flu in our area: visit Flu Near You for more information .
Montgomery County will offer the following Flu Vaccine Clinics in 2015
For anyone 6 months of age and older
By appointment only; schedule appointments on the County’s website or call 311 (online appointment system available Monday, September 21)
There is no charge for vaccinations. The clinic is a partnership between Montgomery County Health and Human Services and the University of Maryland System.
During the week of December 14, MCPS Elementary Schools will be offering free flu mist on a first come, first served basis for students in those schools. Contact the health room at your child’s elementary school to schedule an appointment.
There will be $20.00 fee for flu shots received at Germantown Health Center and
Silver Spring Health Center, payable by cash or credit card.