Programs & Events - Flu + Vax Clinics

 
Did you know? That anyone even young, healthy adults can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Buzz buzz (text message: You coming out tonight? I can't I have the flu. My niece and girlfriend have it now too.) The short time it will take you to get a flu vaccine. Can help protect you and the ones you love. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. #FightFlu  
 

Where do you go?  
 
Round 2 onsite clinics start January 27th - see schedule below.
 

 

 

 

 

All employees  (including part time, temporary, substitutes, interns and student teachers) and all public safety volunteers  (Fire Rescue, Police and Sheriff's) are eligible to receive flu and other vaccinations with NO OUT OF POCKET COST, even if you are not covered on the County health plan.  

FAQs:

Q: What vaccines will be offered at the clinic?

 We will be offering MMR to protect against measles, mumps, and rubella; Tdap/Td to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or tetanus and diphtheria, respectively; Shingrix to protect against shingles; and Fluad and Quadrivalent Flucelvax to protect against the flu.


Q: If I haven’t gotten my first shingles shot, can I get it now?

Yes. If you haven’t received your first shingles shot (Shingrix), you can do that now either at one of our onsite clinics, or at a pharmacy of your choosing. As we won’t be hosting a vaccine clinic after February, make sure you mark your calendar to follow up with the second dose at your pharmacy within 2-6 months of receiving your first dose.


Q:   What do I need to bring?

If visiting an onsite clinic, bring your Anthem card. If visiting a pharmacy, bring your Anthem card if you are on the County health plan, or if you are not on the County health plan bring your voucher.


Q: What if I can’t make it to one of the onsite clinics to receive a vaccine?

Not to worry! As a County employee, you are eligible to receive vaccinations free-of-charge at a pharmacy of your choosing. 


Q: What side effects are associated with vaccinations?

All vaccines post a risk of adverse effects. Effects can include but aren’t limited to fever, fatigue, muscle pain, upset stomach, and swelling at the injection site.
*Adverse effects to a vaccine should be reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit www.vaers.hhs.gov to file a report, or call 1-800-822-7967.


Q: Can I still get vaccinated even if I’m sick?

If you are not feeling well, it is best to wait until you are feeling better to receive a vaccine. The following conditions influence who should and should not get a vaccine – these may include but are not limited to someone who:
o Has had allergic reactions to vaccines
o Is not feeling well
o Is or may be pregnant
o Is breastfeeding
o Has a weakened immune system
o Has a family member with a weakened immune system
o Has seizures
o Has a bleeding disorder
o Has an autoimmune condition
o Has a family history of autoimmune disease

More information can be found here​.

 

Offsite options:

If you are an adult covered on the County health plan (employees, spouses, dependents and retirees) may go to ANY pharmacy to get the vaccinations.  Pharmacy policies on vaccinating children vary by age, so call ahead for minors or check with your child's physician.  All you need to bring is your Anthem card to take advantage of this benefit.
 
If you are an employee not on the County health plan, you need to print  a voucher, then take it to Giant or Martin's Pharmacy in order to take advantage of this benefit.  Note - the voucher will be posted here after October 1, 2019.  Click here for login help.​
 
If you are a public safety volunteer, please see an officer in your organization for your  public safety voucher, then take it to Giant or Martin's Pharmacy  in order to take advantage of this benefit.
 
You may wish to print and complete the consent form in advance.
 

The onsite clinics will be offering the following vaccinations (supplies permitting*):

Quadrivalent Flucelvax: Recommended yearly for everyone 4 years and older to protect against Influenza. Influenza is highly contagious and causes fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache and muscle aches. Each year in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and up to 49,000 may die from influenza-related illness. It is important to protect yourself yearly with this vaccine.​ For more information read CDC guidance about seasonal flu vaccinations. 

Fluad: Recommended yearly for anyone age 65 and older to protect against influenza. As you get older, your immune system may weaken. Fluad was designed specifically for adults age 65 and older and provides a strong immune response to help protect against the flu.
 
Shingrix: Recommended for anyone age 50 and older to protect against Shingles. 99% of people over 50 years of age are living with the virus that causes shingles. 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. This vaccine takes a few minutes to prepare, so please allow for extra time at the clinic.
 
Shingrix is a two-dose vaccine given 2 to 6 months apart that is up to 90% effective at preventing Shingles. BeWell will be offering clinics at a few locations throughout the County for employees to receive the 2nd dose of Shingrix and additional vaccines.

The shingles vaccine poses a higher risk of side effects compared to other vaccines. Possible effects include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, upset stomach, and swelling at the injection site. More information about the side effects of Shingrix can be found here, or you can call 1‑800‑772‑9292. ​

Tdap/Td: Recommended for adolescents 11-18 and adults 19 and older to protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) or Tetanus and Diphtheria. The CDC recommends a booster shot every 10 years.  Boostrix and/or Adacel are available.

MMR: Recommended to protect against Measles, Mumps and Rubella for anyone born after 1957 who has no documented evidence of receiving two doses of MMR. The ​MMR vaccine is manufactured by Merck. 

*Vaccine shortages may occur at any time, but the staff at Giant Pharmacy are doing all they can to keep supplies in stock.  To learn more, visit the CDC webpage for current shortages and delays.

Schedule

 
​Monday​ ​Tuesday ​Wednesday ​Thursday ​Friday
​January 27 ​28 ​29 ​30 ​31

 

Cale ES
3:00 - 5:30 pm​

 

 

Brownsville ES
3:00 - 5:30 pm​

February 3 ​4 ​5 ​6 ​7

 

COB McIntire
11:00 am - 1:00 pm​

 

 

Greer ES
3:00 - 5:30 pm​



Transportation
9:30 - 11:30 am​

 

COB 5th St.
11:00 am - 1:00 pm​

 
 

 


 
 

Giant Food and Giant Pharmacy are committed to being a better neighbor and reaching out in to the communities we serve. Giant's specially trained pharmacists and nutritionists are dedicated to the health of everyone in our region. Through food and medicine, Giant touches the lives of millions of households in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Giant food and pharmacy sponsors programs and fundraisers to give back to our community every year. 

Pediatric Cancer Research

Giant recently launched their 15th annual fundraising program for pediatric cancer designed to support cancer research initiatives. Giant aims to raise at least $2 million throughout the eight-week program, running from Aug. 16 to Oct. 10 from the sale of $5 coupon books valued at over $30. All funds raised will be donated to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. to support ongoing cancer research. Since the program’s inception in 2005, Giant Food has raised more than $21.3 million for pediatric cancer research.

Feeding America Food Banks

Giant partners with the five Feeding America Food Banks within our region, which includes the Capital Area Food Bank, Maryland Food Bank, Food Bank of Delaware, Fredericksburg Food Bank and Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Every week, Giant Food donates hundreds of pounds of food. Every November, Giant Food donates 1,000 turkeys to each food bank and at the end of March they donate $1,000 hams to each Food Bank. Giant Pharmacy donates flu vaccine as part of our good neighbor program. Giant also has given monetary donations to each of these food banks. Last year alone, Giant donated over $900,000 to each food bank’s children’s hunger initiatives. Since 2000, Giant Food has donated over $5 million to the Capital Area Food Bank and over $3.5 million to the Maryland Food Bank.

DC Barbecue Battle

For the fourth consecutive year, Giant has been the title sponsor of the annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, in Washington, D.C. The summer festival benefits the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank. As one of the largest and most popular food and music festivals in the country, the event welcomes over 100,000 fans annually.

Produce RX

Giant is partnering with the local nonprofit, DC Greens, in a program called Produce Rx to give customers better access to healthy food. Through the program, customers who are Medicaid beneficiaries through AmeriHealth Caritas DC and who are currently experiencing a diet-related chronic illness can receive a prescription for fruits and vegetables from their healthcare provider and fill the prescriptions at the Giant pharmacy at 1535 Alabama Avenue SE in Washington D.C. Customers may fill prescriptions during their weekly shopping trips at the in-store Giant pharmacy. When filled each week, a Giant pharmacist will provide the customer with a $20 coupon to be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from the store’s produce department.

Giant Pharmacy Clinical Outreach Program

Giant's specially trained pharmacists and nutritionists believe in increasing access to preventative and maintenance healthcare through on-site immunization clinics, health screenings and educational classes. Giant pharmacy participates in many community events to offer free health screenings and educational material. For colleges and universities, workplaces, churches, senior living centers and more, Giant Pharmacy has a range of immunizations and preventative care solutions for all ages. Contact erin.meerzaman@giantfood.com to bring our trained and licensed Giant pharmacists to your site to create a clinic or program of your choice.

 


Information from the CDC
 
 
 
View the recommended vaccination  schedules for all ages:  CDC vaccines
 

Check out the CDC flu tracking map:

 


Community Immunity:  When a critical portion of a community is immunized against a contagious disease, most members of the community are protected against that disease because there is little opportunity for an outbreak. Even those who are not eligible for certain vaccines—such as infants, pregnant women, or immunocompromised individuals—get some protection because the spread of contagious disease is contained. This is known as "community immunity."