November 4, 2020

Residents Urged to Get a Flu Shot; Free County-operated Clinics for Those 18-and-Under to be Held on Nov. 7 and Nov. 21

Montgomery County health officials are urging all residents to get a flu vaccination, with two upcoming County-operated clinics providing shots specifically for children ages 6 months to 18. Those clinics will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Dennis Avenue Health Center in Silver Spring.

The Dennis Avenue Health Center is located at 2000 Dennis Ave. in Silver Spring. Each clinic will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The County will offer flu shots only. High-dose flu vaccine and FluMist will not be available.

Appointments for 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.

In addition to the County-operated clinics, flu vaccinations are available through private health providers, as well as at retail locations throughout the community.

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.

More information on how to prevent getting or spreading the flu is available on the County’s flu website.