Flu vaccines to be given at clinics

October 03, 2004

The Carroll County commissioners will sit as the Board of Health on Tuesday to start the Carroll County Health Department's flu shot season.

To encourage residents to be vaccinated, the commissioners will receive their flu shots at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Each year, influenza causes about 36,000 deaths in the United States, mostly among the elderly.

Flu vaccines - given as shots or nasal spray - are recommended for children ages 6 months to 23 months; adults 50 years or older; residents of long-term care facilities; people with long-term health problems such as heart, lung or kidney disease or diabetes; people with weakened immune systems; women who will be pregnant during flu season; those who live in dormitories; and people who live with or care for someone in any of these groups.

The Carroll County Health Department will hold several clinics across the county this month and next for adults age 18 and older to be vaccinated.

Clinics will be held as follows:

Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Health Department, 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Oct. 13: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Airy Senior Center, 703 Ridge Ave.

Oct. 15: 9 a.m. to noon at South Carroll Senior Center, 5745 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

Oct. 19: 9 a.m. to noon at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave.

Oct. 21: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Oct. 23: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carroll Hospital Center's Family Health Festival at Town Mall of Westminster, 400 N. Center St.

Oct. 26: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Health Department.

Oct. 27: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road.

Nov. 10: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Carrolltown Center, Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

Nov. 12: 9 a.m. to noon at the Health Department.

Flu vaccine costs $15 for all people not eligible for Medicare Part B. Medicare will be billed for Medicare Part B participants who present their Medicare card and are not enrolled in a Medicare HMO.

Pneumonia vaccine costs $30 for those younger than age 65 who have a doctor's order. Medicare will be billed for those ages 65 and older. Medicare will only pay for HMO participants to receive their flu and pneumonia vaccine through their HMO.

The Health Department will not be able to bill the Medicare HMO. Medicare HMO participants who choose to receive their shots from the Health Department will be charged the above fees.

Information: 410-876-3003.

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