Free Flu Shots, Fall 2012, Scheduled by Atlantic General Hospital

Posted on October 7, 2012

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We have seen the future of health care, and it will look a lot like flu shots. Which is pretty cool!

Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, has announced the schedule for its fall 2012 Free Flu Shot Clinics. This year, free flu shots will be available at clinics at the Atlantic General Hospital on two dates in October and two dates in November. One-time only flu-shot clinics will also be held at five other convenient locations, to serve all the people throughout large, mostly rural, Worcester County, Maryland.

Free flu shots will be available at the Atlantic General Hospital, in the Outpatient Services Lobby (ER Entrance) on the following dates in 2012:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Flu shots are available at the clinics for persons age 13 years and older. The vaccine is made from eggs. Persons with egg allergies will need additional screening.

Additional, one-day-only clinics, will be held at the following locations, listed by date:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Holy Savior Church, 17th Street, Ocean City, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Pocomoke Fire Station in Pocomoke City, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Townsend Medical Center, 10th Street, Ocean City, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, at Taylor Bank in Snow Hill, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Flu shots will also be available on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the office of Dr. Barbara Socha, 96 Atlantic Ave., Suite 103, in Ocean View Delaware. Note that you must be at least 18 years old to receive the flu shots at the clinic in Ocean View, Delaware.

For more information on the flu-shot clinics, contact Atlantic General Hospital at 410-641-9FLU  (9358).

The flu-shot clinics are a  wonderful community service provided by Atlantic General Hospital. Widespread availability of the flu vaccine means a flu epidemic will be far less likely in Worcester County, MD, businesses will save thousands of dollars in lost work and business due to employee sickness, and schools will have fewer absences. Area doctors offices and the hospital will not be overwhelmed by people made sick by the flu, so they will be able to devote their time and space to all their other patients and regular services. Atlantic General has been providing the flu-shot clinics every fall for a number of years, so it’s a tried-and-true system. They’ve got it down to . . . well,  down to a science.

I recommend that people don’t put it off until the final flu-shot clinic at the hospital on Nov. 14. You might find yourself standing in line with a lot of other procrastinators. All the clinics are staffed by multiple nurses handling the paperwork and giving the actual shots, but lines can develop. I’ve found in the past that I can walk into the flu clinic at Townsend Medical Center on the designated date and time and be out in less than 15 minutes. Faster than ordering a hamburger at McDonald’s!

This is a lot like the future of advanced health care, I think. Checkups, screenings, and preventive services like flu shots will be offered at highly efficient, low-cost clinics. Necessary health care will be available to everyone at reasonable cost and sometimes for free. As a result of the widespread availability of preventive services, society as a whole will be healthier, live longer, workers and the economy will be more productive.

A similar, perhaps even more efficient flu-shot program was offered in Wicomico County earlier this month by Peninsula General Hospital. “Drive-through” flu shots were provided at Shorebirds Stadium. (Wear a short-sleeve shirt, stick out your arm, and save yourself from a miserable winter week with the flu.) There was a $10 charge for the shots in Wicomico. Drive-through flu shots!

What do you think about the flu-shot clinics as a sign of good things to come in the future of medicine?

— John Hayden

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