Getting a Flu Shot
Flu shots can increase the chance of staying healthy through the winter months. Getting vaccinated will not only help keep you healthy, but it can help to prevent you from getting others sick too. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu vaccine.
Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce healthcare resources.
FREE Community Flu Shot Clinics
Our Community Health team will be providing flu shots at various Baltimore County locations. Flu shots will be provided to anyone age nine or older, with a parent/guardian signature required for anyone 9-17 years old. High risk individuals are especially encouraged to be vaccinated. Only the standard dose quadrivalent vaccine will be provided at this time. Questions? Call 410-337-1337. Download the flyer with the complete list of community flu shot clinics.
The Orokawa Y in Towson, Outdoor Pavilion
Saturday, October 2 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Monday, October 4 | 3 - 7 p.m.
The Shops at Kenilworth, Lower Level
Wednesday, October 6 | 3 - 6 p.m.
White Marsh Mall, Lower Level, near Macy's Home Store
Monday, October 11 | 3 - 6 p.m
St. Joseph Parish Cockeysville, Lower Level, in Joe's Café
Wednesday, October 13 | 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School, Parish Center
Wednesday, October 20 | 3 - 6 p.m.
Owings Mills High School, Gymnasium
Saturday, October 23 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Church and Ministries, Family Life Center
Sunday, October 24 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Our Lady of Grace, Grace Hall
Wednesday, October 27 | 3 - 6 p.m.
What You Need to Know About Flu Shots
At the University of Maryland Medical System, our experts have answered some of the common questions that people have about flu vaccines. Read the FAQs below.
Do I need a flu shot if I got one last year?
Yes. The flu virus changes, so a vaccination is needed each year to protect you from the year's most common flu type.
Will I get the flu from the flu shot?
No. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. While most people feel fine after the shot, some may develop a mild fever or feel tired for a day or two. This is your body's normal response, working to protect you.
If I get the flu shot, does that mean I will not get the flu?
No. The flu shot is not 100 percent effective, but it does greatly lower your risk of getting the flu. There are many different types of the flu virus, and the shot doesn't protect you against all of them. Each year, the World Health Organization identifies three or four types most likely to be spread for that year's flu season to include in the flu shot.
Does the vaccine protect me right away?
No. It takes about two weeks for the shot to start working in your body, so you may still catch the flu after you have the shot.
If COVID-19 is spreading in my community, should I still go out to get a flu vaccine?
Yes. You can safely get a flu vaccine at multiple locations, including your doctor's office, health departments and pharmacies.
At UMMS hospitals we take patient safety very seriously. We are offering vaccination clinics and following CDC's vaccination guidance during a pandemic.