Flu shots available next week
Flu shots for adults will be available next week at five clinics around Washington County, the county Health Department said Tuesday.
It's the first time this season flu vaccinations are being offered to anyone 18 and older in the county. A flu shot clinic in early December was open only to senior citizens and other high-risk people.
Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel said the clinics are not open to those younger than 18 because of the commotion young children can cause. Also, youths who need flu shots would have already received them from their personal doctors, he said.
The vaccination is recommended for those with chronic illnesses, including diabetes, and those older than 65, Christoffel said.
"For a healthy population it's not necessary," Christoffel said.
This season, the county health department has already administered about 3,500 flu shots through visits to nursing homes, senior centers and a clinic held in early December at North Hagerstown High School, which drew about 1,500 people.