Baltimore County secures additional 2,400 flu shots for seniors

October 27, 2004|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County's Department of Aging has secured an additional 2,400 doses of flu vaccine - an allotment that officials say will allow for three newly scheduled clinics at senior centers in the coming week.

County officials said they used a key statistic in their pitch for the doses, which come through the efforts of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and vaccine maker Aventis Pasteur to distribute the company's remaining supply. The average age of members of the county's senior centers is 76, and the county has more than 100,000 residents 65 and older, making the centers the perfect place to vaccinate those with the greatest need for shots, said Arnold Eppel, the director of the county Department of Aging.

The shots will be offered through the county's contract with Maxim Health Systems and will bring the number of residents vaccinated through county aging department clinics to 5,700 - within 800 of last year's total.

More than 3,300 people received flu shots this month during the county's Senior Expo at the Timonium Fairgrounds. Eppel said yesterday that Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. asked him to push for more doses.

Eppel said the clinics would be open only to county residents 65 and older or those with chronic health conditions. Seniors will be given appointments, he said.

Clinics will be held tomorrow at the Ateaze Senior Center, in Dundalk, Nov. 3 at the Parkville Senior Center, and Nov. 4 at the Liberty Senior Center in Randallstown.

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