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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD — Residents can take advantage of a flu vaccination clinic to be held this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Baltimore County's health officer, said the coronavirus pandemic is a "game changer" this flu season.
“People who do not traditionally get a flu vaccine must make sure to get vaccinated this season. This is especially true for African Americans who often shy away from getting flu vaccinations, but are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus," Branch said in a statement.
Appointments are required in order to obtain a free vaccination at what's being called the "super weekend clinic" at the Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Schedule an appointment by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flu. Attendees must wear a face covering at the event. Free flu vaccinations will be available while supplies last. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of the arm where the vaccination is administered.
“As our fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s more important than ever to take precautions to protect yourself from the seasonal flu,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a statement. “This two-day flu vaccination clinic will help residents across Baltimore County take steps to safeguard against this potentially dangerous illness. We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this accessible, convenient and free clinic to help prevent themselves and their loved ones from getting the flu this season.”