Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tyler Waldman, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
A Baltimore City initiative aims to encourage residents to get their flu shots so as to avoid compounding the stresses placed on hospitals by the coronavirus.
Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa announced the new push on Thursday.
“I encourage all Baltimore City residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible,” Young said in a statement. “With the continued presence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critically important that we all get our flu shots this year, to help keep our vulnerable older adults and young children safe from flu.”
The health department is issuing new advertising materials centered around the theme “The Flu Vaccine is Worth It.” In particular, officials are targeting older adults, new and expectant mothers, and the Latino community. The city will sponsor flu shot clinics at senior housing locations, food distribution sites, churches and places where people experiencing homeless tend to gather.
“The flu vaccine is safe, reduces the chance of severe illness, and is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance,” Dzirasa said. “This year, more than ever before, we need every single person over the age of 6 months to get their flu vaccine.”
For residents who can’t make it to a city clinic, the flu shot is often covered by insurance. More information on vaccine availability is available on the health department website.