The Howard County Health Department has scheduled a flu clinic for Saturday, and two more early next month, to give residents in high-risk categories an opportunity to receive the vaccine.
The department said in a statement that it has received "a limited number" of doses of the vaccine. A county spokeswoman said the county has more than 3,000 flu shots to distribute among three public clinics.
The clinic Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at Reservoir High School, 11550 Scaggsville Road in Fulton, will be open only to residents ages 65 and older. Residents must bring proof of age and county residency, such as a driver's license, the Health Department said. The shot will cost $10, or a Medicare Part B card will be accepted as payment.
The other clinics will be open to people in high-risk groups that include:
Adults ages 65 and older.
Those ages 16 to 64 with a serious underlying chronic medical condition (with a letter from a doctor or an original prescription form.)
Pregnant women (with a physician's letter verifying pregnancy or an original prescription form).
The second clinic will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 in the courtyard outside the Lord & Taylor department store in The Mall in Columbia, 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway. .
The third clinic will be held Nov. 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle (off Route 108), in Columbia.
In a statement, the Health Department asked that those ages 65 and older and in good health consider forgoing the flu vaccination so that those with serious, chronic medical conditions can receive it.
Information: the Howard County Health Department, 410-313-6300.