October is considered the sweet spot for getting a flu shot by local health officials, because the vaccine should last into the spring months, when flu season finally tapers off around Maryland. But if you haven’t received your shot yet, there is still an opportunity to do so before the virus hits
Public health officials should support organizations that require flu vaccination among health care personnel and urge others to follow suit. Then the policy should be expanded to other vulnerable populations.
Franklin Monroe Miller, oldest son of Noah and Lizzie Miller, was born Jan. 12, 1900, in Millers, and grew up in Westminster. As a teenager, he was a Boy Scout and worked in the photographic studio of James D. Mitchell. Later he worked as a clerk for the Western Maryland Railway Company.
A total of 823 attendees — nearly 400 of them in the first half hour — pulled into one of the five lanes set up in the CCBC Essex parking lot Sunday, signed a consent form, rolled up their sleeves and received free shots.
For parents of children in Carroll County Public Schools, flu season makes for another important date to put on the calendar: Friday, Oct. 12. That’s the last day to return consent forms to allow students to participate in the free flu shot clinics that will be held in schools.
As fall inches closer, you’ve likely seen signs at your local pharmacy advertising a flu shot. And while you should definitely get a flu shot this year, Carroll County health experts say it is probably better to wait a few more weeks until October to get vaccinated.
Next to Dorothy Lowman, 105, was the latest edition of the Frederick News-Post, birthday cards and letters sent from friends and family that she had not yet opened. She just celebrated her birthday at her assisted living apartment at Homewood in Williamsport, Md.
World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. However, the influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 … attacked one-fifth of the world’s population and over 25 percent of the U.S. population and, in a few months, killed more people than any other illness in recorded history.
More than 3,000 people visited Maryland emergency rooms in the past week with influenza-like illnesses amid what state and federal health officials are calling the worst flu season in years. The flu is so bad that many local hospitals are asking most sick people to avoid the emergency room.
Due to the severity of the flu season, Carroll Hospital is instigating new visiting rules effective Thursday, according to a media release. The Carroll County Health Department, meanwhile, is responding by offering additional, previously unscheduled flu clinics for children.
Hospital spokeswoman Susan Case said the hospital has seen less than 90 adult flu patients per week recently, which is in the hospital’s “normal” range for flu season. The hospital has not admitted any pediatric patients for serious flu complications.
Maryland hasn’t been immune to the country’s struggle with the flu this winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza is widespread in every state in the continental U.S.
Haven’t gotten your flu shot yet? Now might be a good time. While health experts generally recommend getting a flu shot in October, Maryland’s flu season tends to ramp up after the holidays in January and February and often stretches late into spring.
At their Thursday meeting, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners received a briefing on the state of the 2017-2018 flu season from Deputy Health Officer Dr. Henry Taylor. The gist? The flu is coming soon, but it’s not too late to do something about it.