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Baltimore County aims to give out 5,400 flu shots

Flu vaccine is administered.
Flu vaccine is administered. (Getty Images file photo)

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz winced in mock pain as he received a flu shot Thursday in an effort to promote the county's upcoming "super Saturday" vaccine clinics.

County health officials will run seven clinics from 9 a.m. until noon on Oct. 25. County residents will be able to receive the flu vaccine at no cost.

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The county hopes to distribute 5,400 doses of the flu vaccine. Most are shots, but the county will have the nasal spray FluMist available. Last year's "super Saturday" effort vaccinated 4,000 residents.

"There's really no excuse for all county residents not to get their flu shot," Kamenetz said before rolling up his sleeve for a shot at the Drumcastle Government Center in Towson.

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Dr. Gregory William Branch, director of health and human services for the county, said everyone aged six months and older should get vaccinated against the flu.

"The flu shot will help you and it will also help your loved ones," he said.

Flu vaccine clinics will be set up at the following locations on the morning of Oct. 25: Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road in Towson; Holabird Middle School, 1701 Delvale Ave. in Dundalk; Pikesville Middle School, 7701 Seven Mile Lane; Hereford Middle School, 712 Corbett Road in Monkton; Lansdowne Middle School, 2400 Lansdowne Road; Randallstown High School, 4000 Offutt Road; and Middle River Middle School, 800 Middle River Road.

It costs the county government $75,000 to obtain the vaccine.

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