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Daily Weekday Clinics Also Offered

In order to ensure that as many residents as possible have their annual flu vaccine, the Baltimore County Department of Health will offer an evening flu clinic from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, at the Drumcastle Government Center, located at 6401 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21212.

Free flu shots (injectable only) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for anyone six months and older. No appointment is necessary.

Daily Weekday Clinics

Free flu shots are also available at the Department’s Health Centers (with the exception of Towson) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Groups of five or more individuals needing a flu shot, must call 410-887-2705 for an appointment.

“I cannot stress it enough, we can prevent the spread of flu,” said Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “The best defense against the flu is to know the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information, call the Department of Health at 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit

Flu ShotDella J. Leister, R.N.
Deputy Health Officer
Baltimore County Department of Health

When you think about fall, what comes to mind? Colorful leaves, cooler temperatures…getting a flu shot? For those of us at the Baltimore County Department of Health, fall is the time when we promote the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent the spread of flu.

The best way to prevent the flu is by knowing the FACTS.

Frequently wash your hands.
Washing hands with soap and warm water for 20-30 seconds is the best form of protection to reduce the spread of germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Always get an annual flu shot.

Flu viruses are always changing; last season’s flu vaccine may not protect against newer viruses, and annual vaccination is the only way to maintain protection each season.

Cover your coughs and sneezes.   
Use a tissue to cover your coughs and sneezes, then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, cough and sneeze into the crease of your arm (elbow area) to prevent your droplets from spreading. Never cough or sneeze into your hands. 

Take time off from school, work and social activities if you have symptoms.

People who have the flu often have these symptoms:
•    Fever or feeling feverish/chills
•    Cough
•    Sore throat
•    Runny or stuffy nose
•    Muscle or body aches
•    Headaches
•    Fatigue (tiredness)

Seek medical care if your symptoms get worse.
If your condition does not improve after taking over-the-counter medication to alleviate symptoms, call your doctor.

If you are looking to “stay in the game,” plan to get a flu shot. The Baltimore County Department of Health will offer free flu shots on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at seven locations while supplies last. For more information, call 410-887-BCHD (2243).

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