The Harford County Health Department will hold two free flu vaccination clinics for school-age children on Saturday and on Nov. 9.
Saturday’s clinic will be held a Patterson Mill Middle and High School, 85 Patterson Mill Road in Bel Air, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Thursday, Nov. 9, clinic will be held in the media center of Red Pump Elementary School, 600 Red Pump Road in Bel Air from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The health department is offering the free seasonal flu shot to any child that is kindergarten-age through grade 12.
Maryland is preparing for a busy flu season, including Harford County, the department noted in a news release.
Cases of seasonal influenza have already been confirmed in other parts of Maryland and parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu causes mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death.
Children, especially school-age children, are more likely to catch the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year, the news release states.
Seasonal influenza vaccine is designed to protect against the three or four influenza viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread and cause illness among people during the upcoming flu season.
Because flu viruses are constantly changing, the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and is updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the news release states.
For more information about the flu, visit the health department’s website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com.