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Baltimore County to offer free flu shots next weekend, says this vaccination is more important because of COVID fears

Baltimore County residents can receive free flu shots during immunization events at seven locations on Oct. 16-17.

The two-day event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.

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“As we continue combating the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the dangers of the seasonal flu,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said in a statement.

Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, the Baltimore County health director, said Black residents, in particular, should consider getting the flu vaccine in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“People who do not traditionally get a flu vaccine must make sure to get vaccinated this season. This is especially true for African Americans who often shy away from getting flu vaccinations, and have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. All of us must do everything we can to lower the risk of a possible ‘twindemic’ resulting from continued surges in COVID-19 cases and a simultaneous, rough flu season,” Branch said in a statement.

On Oct. 16, clinics will be held at Drumcastle Government Center in Towson, Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center in Dundalk, Hereford Middle School in Monkton and Randallstown Community Center.

On Oct. 17, clinics will be held at Drumcastle Government Center, Lansdowne Middle School, Middle River Middle School and Pikesville Middle School.

While immunizations are free, appointments are required for the clinics to ensure proper social distancing, according to a news release.

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Attendees can pursue immunizations at the site of their choice by going online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flu or by calling the Department of Health at 410-887-3816.

“We hope all our residents will take advantage of this free, convenient, and accessible way to help prevent getting sick this flu season,” Olszewski said.

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