The Baltimore City Health Department needs your help in reaching the goal of 70% of Baltimore City residents vaccinated against the flu this year!
As of September 23rd, 3% of Baltimore residents have received their flu shot, according to Immunet.
Click the symbols on the map to learn about various locations for influenza vaccination. Please call a pharmacy location before visiting to confirm influenza vaccines are available. Click on a location's symbol to see the phone number. The information in this map is current as of September 23, 2020, and is subject to change. Please note this map is not a complete list of influenza vaccination sites.
Free Influenza Vaccination Clinics Open to the Public
Baltimore City Health Department Vaccination Event at Hampstead Hill Academy
Sunday, September 27, 1:00pm-5:00pm
500 South Linwood Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224
Requirements: Masks required
Baltimore City Health Department T.I.K.E. Clinic
1200 E Fayette Street, Baltimore MD 21202
Monday - Thursday, 10am-2:00pm, Ongoing
Requirements: Flu shots for children and adults by appointment only. Call 410-396-4454, or complete your registration at http://www.marylandvax.org.
Drive-through Clinic at MedStar Harbor Hospital
The Orthopaedic Center Parking Lot 2900 South Hanover Street, Baltimore MD 21225
Saturday, October 3, 10:00am-2:00pm (or until supplies run out)
Requirements: Adults 18 years and older. Must wear short sleeves.
University of Maryland Medical Center Free Flu Fridays
821 North Eutaw Street, 1st Floor, Suite 106, Baltimore MD 21201
Fridays, October 2, 8, 16, 23, 30, 9:00am-12:00pm
Requirements: No appointment needed, masks required, call (443) 552-2432 or visit ummidtown.org/CHEC
Other Influenza Vaccination Clinics (Please note requirements)
Harriet Lane Clinic
200 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore MD 21287
Ongoing- 8:30am-4:30pm Wednesdays (9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28) 5:00pm-7:15pm
Saturday, October 17 9:00am-1:15pm
Requirements: Must be an established Harriet Lane Clinic patient between the ages of 0-26.
Please make an appointment ahead of time by calling (410) 955-5710
Will my insurance cover the flu shot?
Flu and other vaccines are required to be covered by your health insurance without charging a copayment or coinsurance. Be sure to check with your insurance company to find out if you must go to a specific facility to receive the vaccine, some insurance plans only cover vaccines given by your doctor or at a limited set of locations.
Why should I get the flu vaccine?
- The flu vaccine can keep you from getting sick with the flu.
- The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of having to go to the hospital because of the flu.
- The flu vaccine is an important tool to protect people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
- The flu vaccine helps protect women during and after pregnancy.
- The flu vaccine can help save the lives of infants and children.
- The flu vaccine can still people who get vaccinated but still get the flu. They will likely get less sick than if they got no vaccine.
What is the Flu?
Flu is a respiratory illness spread by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Flu can make people a little sick or very sick. Sometimes, the flu can lead to death. The best way to not get the flu is by getting your flu vaccine each year.
Flu can make you a little sick or very sick. Flu sometimes leads to death. Flu is NOT the same as a cold. Flu usually comes on quickly. With the flu, people often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- fever* or feeling feverish/chills (But, not everyone with flu will have a fever.)
- sore throat
- runny or stuffy nose
- muscle or body aches
- fatigue (feeling very tired)
- vomiting and diarrhea for some people (usually more common in children).
How Flu Spreads
- Flu viruses mainly spread when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. Droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are close by.
- Less often, a person might get flu by touching something with the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
People at risk of severe illness from flu
- Adults age 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People with asthma
- People with heart disease or history of stroke
- People with diabetes
- People living with HIV
- People with cancer
- People with chronic kidney disease
Adapted from https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm
Flu and COVID-19
What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?
Flu and COVID-19 are both respiratory illnesses that spread among people. But flu and COVID-19 are caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by influenza viruses, but COVID-19 is caused by a new virus (called SARS-CoV-2). Flu and COVID-19 have similar symptoms so it may be hard to tell the difference. You may need tests for your doctor to know whether you have flu or COVID-19.
Will there be flu along with COVID-19 in the fall and winter?
Yes. Likely flu and COVID-19 will both be spreading. It is more important than ever for all people 6 months and older to get their flu vaccine.
Can I have flu and COVID-19 at the same time?
Yes. It is possible to have flu and COVID-19 at the same time. It is also possible to have other respiratory illnesses at the same time as COVID-19.
Is COVID-19 more dangerous than flu?
Flu and COVID-19 can both cause people to get very sick. In some cases, flu or COVID-19 can lead to hospitalization or death. While we are still learning about COVID-19, it does seem that COVID-19 is more deadly than seasonal flu.
Will a flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?
No. Getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19. However, the flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
Does a flu vaccination increase my risk of getting COVID-19?
No. There is no evidence that the flu vaccine increases your risk of getting COVID-19.
Getting a flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic
If COVID-19 is spreading in my community, should I still go out to get a flu vaccine?
Yes. Getting a flu vaccine is essential to protect your health and your family’s health this season. When getting a flu vaccine, follow CDC’s guideline for running essential errands and doctor visits. Continue to wear your mask, keep at least six feet away from others, and wash your hands.
If I want to get a flu vaccine, where is the safest place for me to get a flu vaccine?
You can safely get a flu vaccine at many places including pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and health departments. Use the flu vaccine locator map to find where to get a flu vaccine near you. When going to get a flu vaccine, continue to wear your mask, keep at least six feet away from others, and wash your hands.
When should I get a flu vaccine this year?
The CDC still recommends getting the flu vaccine in September or October are good times. However, as flu viruses continue to spread, you can get the vaccine after October, even in January or later.
Flu vaccines are very safe. Like any medicine, vaccines can have side effects. Most people have no side effects from the flu vaccine. The most common side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.
Common Minor Side Effects of Flu Vaccine:
- Sore or itching arm from the shot
- Hoarseness or cough
- Sore, red, or itchy eyes
- Fever, aches, headache, or fatigue
Young children who get inactivated flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine at the same time may have a higher risk of having seizures caused by fever. Tell your doctor if your child has ever had a seizure.
Severe allergic reactions from a vaccine are very rare, estimated at less than 1 in a million doses. Such reaction usually happens within a few minutes to a few hours after the vaccination
More information can be found on our Flu Vaccines Frequently Asked Questions page
For Providers: Register and Report to ImmuNet
Since October 1, 2019, the Maryland Department of Health has mandated that all vaccines provided in Maryland are reported to ImmuNet, regardless of patient opt-out status in ImmuNet (Maryland statute Health General §18-109). Distribution of future COVID-19 vaccines will require healthcare providers to be registered in ImmuNet.
We encourage you to register and begin reporting the administration of vaccines through ImmuNet, if you have not already done so. Registration is free, and more information on ImmuNet registration, the process of reporting vaccinations, and the Help Desk contact information can be found here: https://www.mdimmunet.org/.