Even though flu numbers may be dropping in Maryland, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that as of Jan. 5 (the most recent data available), 48 states, including Maryland and Virginia, continued to see "widespread" influenza activity, with California, Mississippi and Washington, DC, showing only "local" activity.
The CDC's website recommends that "[the] single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year." However, it may be challenging to find a flu shot in your area.
In Montgomery County, at least one CVS in Wheaton is finding it difficult to keep the vaccine in stock.
"We do have the flu vaccine if you come in today," pharmacy technician Luis Velasco said this week. "Last Thursday, we ran out, and just got more. We'll probably run out again soon, and will have to wait for more again."
Montgomery County residents have two opportunities coming up to receive free flu shots at county health centers. On Friday, Jan. 18, shots will be given at the Germantown Health Center, and on Tuesday, Jan. 22, shots will be available at the Dennis Avenue Health Center. Spaces are limited, and one must register on-line.
In Prince George's County, three pharmacies Patch contacted reported no shortage of flu shots available. The county continues to offer free flu shots on Tuesdays (D. Leonard Dyer Regional Health Center in Clinton), Wednesdays (Cheverly Health Center) and Thursdays (Cheverly Health Center). Both the shot and mist are available and no appointments are necessary.