WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The Washington County Health Department is encouraging people to get two separate flu vaccinations this year.
One vaccination would be for H1N1 flu, commonly known as swine flu; the other vaccination would be for seasonal flu, which surfaces every year, department spokesman Rod MacRae said.
A seasonal flu vaccine will not protect someone from H1N1 flu, he said.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it expects an H1N1 vaccine to be available in the fall.
Washington County will announce H1N1 flu clinics when the vaccine is ready, MacRae said.
The county is holding its first flu clinic of the season Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Seasonal flu vaccinations will be available at Boonsboro, Clear Spring, North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown high schools. Appointments are not needed.
A $20 donation will be accepted. The health department can bill Medicare, but not other insurers.