The Camden County Department of Health and Human Services recommends everyone get a flu shot this flu season, especially children and seniors who are most vulnerable. The flu shots are provided for no-out-of-pocket cost. To pre-register click here: https://bit.ly/3zblA9s, for further information, contact the Camden County Flu Hotline at 856-374-6365. Upcoming Clinics: Wednesday, October 6th from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite, 315 White Horse Pike in Collingswood; Friday, October 8th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Barrington VFW, 109 Shreve Avenue; Wednesday, October 13th at the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Building, 820 Mercer Street; Friday, October 15th from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Gloucester Township Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road in Blackwood; and Monday, October 18th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Bellmawr Senior Center, 29 E. Browning Road. Click here for the complete flu shot schedule. Adult and child immunizations are offered all year long in Bellmawr and Camden. An appointment is required for all immunizations except for flu shots, which are available seasonally. To make an appointment in Bellmawr, call (856) 931-2700. To make an appointment in Camden, call (856) 225-5128.
As we enter April the common refrain heard from some officials and others who sought to downplay the severity of coronavirus in February and early March - that it wasn't worth worrying about, because more people were likely to get sick or die from the flu than COVID-19 - may not stand up any longer. Lisa Maragakis, M.D., M.P.H., senior director of infection prevention at Johns Hopkins, explains how the flu and COVID-19 are similar and how they are different. While both the flu and COVID-19 may be transmitted in similar ways, there is also a possible difference, COVID-19 might be spread through the airborne route, meaning that tiny droplets remaining in the air could cause disease in others even after the ill person is no longer near. The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly. Since this disease is caused by a new virus, people do not have immunity to it, and a vaccine may be many months away. Doctors and scientists are working on estimating the mortality rate of COVID-19, but at present, it is thought to be higher than that of most strains of the flu.