The last free, walk-in children's flu vaccination clinic offered by the Carroll County Health Department will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to public health department officials.
Any child who missed the health department's in school vaccination drive or has not been vaccinated by a private doctor or pharmacist can walk in and be vaccinated, according to Penny Bramlett, program supervisor for Maternal Child Health Programs at the Carroll County Health Department .
"We do 6 months all the way through the 18th year, my cut off is age 19," Bramlett said. "We provide flu shots and mist."
The health department offered three previous children's flu vaccination clinics in October, vaccinating a total of 655 children, according to Bramlett.
Parents who are unable to bring their unvaccinated children to this final clinic can still call the health department at 410-876-4900 to arrange an appointment to get their children vaccinated, according to Communicable Disease Program Manager Doris Hare.
Hare said the health department will also have more flu vaccine available for unvaccinated adults in the latter half of November, but those interested must call to make an appointment and check on the availability of the vaccine.
The cost for adult vaccinations is $25 but will be covered by Medicare for those eligible.
Hare said that flu season has yet to get into full swing, making it an ideal time to get a last-minute flu shot.
"We don't have a lot of cases of flu being diagnosed, but we know there have been cases in Maryland," Hare said. "It is usually around the holidays when people are in groups together that the illness comes out."
Flu shots administered around Nov. 19 should provide some immunity by Thanksgiving gatherings, and full immunity by the Christmas holiday, according to Hare. The immunity will last throughout the rest of flu season.