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Flu Information

2013-2014 Seasonal Flu Vaccination Campaign

Montgomery County Health and Human Services will offer FREE seasonal flu SHOTS beginning mid-October and continuing through mid-December, 2013.  Flu SHOT clinics are open to Montgomery County residents age 6 months and older.  There will be FREE seasonal flu NASAL SPRAY clinics for healthy Montgomery County children 3 to 18 years of age in early November.  All flu SHOTS and NASAL SPRAY clinics will be by appointment only.  The County’s online appointment system is scheduled to open Monday, September 16th

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated every year against the flu.  It is very important for individuals with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease, pregnant women and those 65 years of age and older.  Those living with or caring for high-risk individuals should also get vaccinated.

A flu vaccination is needed every year because viruses are constantly changing.   The flu vaccine is manufactured each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.  Studies have shown that an individual’s immunity to the influenza viruses (either through natural infection or vaccination) declines over time.

Health officials encourage everyone to help prevent the spread of flu and many other contagious diseases by practicing the following good hygiene habits:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue; immediately throw away used tissues.
  • Sneeze and cough into the upper sleeve, not hands.
  • Wash hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Wash hands by scrubbing together for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Stay home from school and work if symptoms develop such as a fever with sore throat.


Information for Residents

Other Resources

Community Seasonal Flu Vaccination Resources