BALTIMORE—Without leaving their cars, Baltimore-area residents can get a free flu shot Nov. 4 at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s 12th annual drive-thru clinic. The vaccination is recommended by experts citing the severity of last year’s flu season.
This is the hospital’s 12th annual drive-up and walk-up free flu shot event held at the Community College of Baltimore, Essex campus. Clinicians will be ready to administer the shots to anyone in the car aged six months and up, who don’t have a known allergy to the vaccine. Those who are getting the vaccine should remember to wear short sleeves.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone aged 6 months and up get a flu vaccine every fall unless they have a medical condition that would prevent them from doing so. The CDC classified the last flu season as “high severity,” killing 80,000 people, including 180 children.
Flu clinics were also held this year and last year at MedStar Harbor Hospital. Last year, 950 people were vaccinated at the two hospitals during the drive-up events.
Since 2007, MedStar Health has worked closely with county agencies to hold the clinic, including the Baltimore County Health and Human Services, Police, Fire and Public Works departments, and the Community College of Baltimore County, which allows the use of its Essex campus.
When: Sunday, November 4, 2018
8 a.m. until noon, or when supplies run out
Where: Community College of Baltimore County, Essex
About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 353-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and our Emergency Department treats more than 80,000 patients annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit medstarfranklin.org for more information.