Montgomery County health officials are urging all residents to get a flu vaccination, with four County-operated clinics providing shots this fall. Two of the clinics will be for residents 14-and-over and the other two specifically for children ages 6 months to 18.
While getting a flu vaccination does not protect against COVID-19, flu shots have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccination also can save health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
In addition to the County-operated clinics, flu vaccinations are available through private health providers, as well as at retail locations throughout the community.
The County-sponsored clinics will include one drive-through clinic. The County will offer flu shots only. High-dose flu vaccine and FluMist will not be available.
Appointments for the County-operated clinics for residents 14-and-over can be made on the County’s flu website or by calling 311. Appointments are strongly encouraged, but walk-ups will be accepted based on availability of vaccine. Appointments for the children-only clinics can be made on the Maryland Vax website. There will be no walk-ups for these clinics. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The schedule for County-operated clinics:
- Wednesday, Oct. 21. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For ages 14-and-over. White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring. This is an indoor clinic. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place.
- Wednesday, Oct. 28. 2-6 p.m. For ages 14-and-over. Universities at Shady Grove Parking Garage, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville. This will be a drive-through clinic. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place.
- Saturday, Nov. 7. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For children only—ages 6 months to 18 years-old-old. Dennis Avenue Health Center, 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. Clinic will be indoors.
- Saturday, Nov. 21 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. For children only—ages 6 months to 18 years-old-old. Dennis Avenue Health Center, 2000 Dennis Ave., Silver Spring. Clinic will be indoors.
More information on how to prevent getting or spreading the flu is available on the County’s flu website.