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Monday, January 14, 2013

Fire/EMS Supports Efforts Against the Flu


The men and women of your Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department care about you, your safety and your welfare.  We don't like to see anyone get sick and we will do our part to stay healthy ourselves to continue to provide you the very best in fire and EMS protection.  You can help us by staying healthy and avoid a trip to the hospital emergency room that, at times, are overwhelmed with people suffering from the flu and other illnesses.

We are providing a Press Release issued this morning from the County Health Department.  Please review it carefully and feel free to share this valuable information with family, friends and co-workers.

Mark E. Brady, Fire/EMS Department Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930


PRESS RELEASE


For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2013

For More Information Contact:
Dellia Williams, Press Information
Prince George's County Health Department
301-883-7835 / 240-417-8443

Flu is on the Rise, Prince George’s County Health Department Will Host a Special Walk-In Clinic On Monday, January 14, 2013

LARGO, MD—Prince George’s County has entered the peak season for the spread of the seasonal flu virus.   In Prince George’s County, January and February have been traditionally known for increase activity of the influenza virus that’s why we are hosting a special influenza clinic on Monday January 14, 2013.

“The height of the flu season is here and the Health Department is encouraging all Prince George’s County Residents to protect their health, the health of their family, friends, and co-workers by taking a flu shot to take advantage of our free flu vaccine clinic and community vaccination opportunities if they have not yet been vaccinated,” said Health Officer Pamela Creekmur. “Free flu shots are available from the Health Department and many pharmacies and supermarkets are still providing flu shots for a fee.”

On Monday, January 14, 2013, the following locations will offer special free flu vaccination: Cheverly Health Center Immunization Clinic, Room 2083 and Communicable Disease Clinic, Rm1066 located at 3003 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785 and D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center HIV Program, Rm 175 located at 9314 Piscataway Road, Clinton, MD 20735.

 Residents can also receive free vaccinations at the following Health Department clinics:

D. Leonard Dyer
Regional Health Center 
Family Planning Program
9314 Piscataway Road, Rm. 150 
Clinton MD 20735
Cheverly Health Center Immunization Clinic           3003 Hospital Drive,  Rm. 2083                              Cheverly, MD 20785       

Cheverly Health Center
Communicable Disease Control Program
3003 Hospital Drive, Rm. 1066
Cheverly MD 20785
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays only:
January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
9:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday only:           January 15, 22, 29                February 6, 13, 20, 27       March 6, 13, 20, 27
9:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Thursdays only:
January 16, 23, 30
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone above the age of 6 months get vaccinated.

According to the CDC, people at a higher risk of serious health consequences from the flu virus are:

·        Children less than 5 years old 
·        Persons aged 65 years or older 
·        Pregnant women 
·        Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities 
·        Adults and children who have asthma, chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders 
·        Adults and children who have immunosuppressant (including immunosuppressant caused by medications or by HIV/AIDS, cancer or those on chronic steroids)
·        Children and adolescents (less than 19 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection
·         People who are morbidly obese (Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater

The best protection against the flu virus is vaccination and practicing good personal hygiene:

·        Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, and wiping or blowing your nose
·        If you have flu symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with other people to protect them from catching your illness.
·        Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing 
·        Use paper tissues when wiping or blowing your nose; throw tissues away after use 
·        Stay away from crowded living and sleeping spaces, if possible 

If you develop symptoms of the flu (fever, body ache, fatigue, and dry cough) seek medical care quickly.  The medications available to healthcare providers to treat the flu must usually begin within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms

To find out more about seasonal flu visit:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:


For more information regarding seasonal flu walk-in clinic, please call 888-561-4049.

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