The unusually active flu season continues at full tilt in Harford County, with many of those who haven't either been sick or vaccinated against the illness scrambling to get inoculated.
More than 700 people got vaccinated at flu clinics in Harford County over the weekend. Many of them are related to someone or know someone who has been sick with the flu in recent weeks. This flu season has been worse in Harford County and the Maryland region than the past few years, health officials say.
The Harford County Health Department reported giving vaccinations to more than 500 adults and children on Friday. Vaccinations will continue at the health department's facility in Woodbridge Center while supplies last, Bill Wiseman, a health department spokesman, said. Those interested can call 410-612-1774 to make arrangements.
The clinic held by Upper Chesapeake Health at Harford Mall, meanwhile, drew 245 people for vaccinations, Vickie Ensor Bands, director of community outreach for Upper Chesapeake, reported. The hospital ran out of its supply of vaccines.
"It went very well," she said, noting the numbers were up from 150 the previous week.
"There really weren't long lines. Nobody waited more than probably 10 or 15 minutes," she said. "People were very appreciative that we were there."
She was surprised that about a third of those waiting to be vaccinated were children, noting she would have thought children would have already been vaccinated.
There also were not that many elderly residents coming for vaccinations, probably because they had already received their flu shots, she said.
One of the workers at the Friday clinic said there had been a steady stream of people during the first portion of the four-hour clinic, which was held in the Harford County Council's chambers. Both FluMist and flu shots were available.
Upper Chesapeake Health's clinic at Harford Mall was Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m inside near the center of the Harford Mall.