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Keeping Residents Informed

Following the confirmation of the first cases of COVID-19 in Maryland, Baltimore County is continuing to closely monitor potential developments and remains in regular contact across County government and with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) to prepare for any comprehensive and coordinated response as necessary.

“Baltimore County is actively working across agencies and with our state partners to coordinate information and prepare for the COVID-19 virus,” County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “We have brought agency leaders together, will continue public health preparedness efforts, and remain vigilant to ensure we are ready for any scenario.” 

"Keeping residents safe and informed is our highest priority," said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services and Health Officer. "Because misinformation can be as contagious and harmful as a virus, I urge everyone to rely on credible sources including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and your state and local health departments for accurate and up-to-date information." 

Know Your F.A.C.T.S.

Baltimore County reminds residents to practice simple preventive measures. Knowing your Flu F.A.C.T.S. is an excellent way to limit the spread of infectious germs:

Frequently wash hands.
Always get an annual flu shot.
Cover your cough.
Take time off from work or school if you have symptoms.
Seek care if your symptoms worsen.

More Information

Visit the Baltimore County Health Department's website to receive the County's latest information regarding COVID-19. 

For state and national updates, visit the Maryland Department of Health.

The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) promotes well-being among individuals and families by providing quality health, housing and social services. Along with an administrative unit, HHS is comprised of the Departments of Health and Social Services.


Free Flu Shots Saturday, October 13

by Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP, Director, Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services

The quote most often attributed to Ben Franklin, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” continues to ring true – especially as it relates to flu vaccinations. The Baltimore County Department of Health is working to lessen the impact of the 2018-2019 flu season by providing free flu shots Saturday, October 13, 2018.

This very important vaccination can help safeguard you and your loved ones against the flu. We recommend that persons six months and older get it as early as possible. The free vaccination will be given at seven locations throughout the county from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday. No appointment is necessary.

Preventing the flu should be everyone’s goal, and the best way to do that is know the flu FACTS.

Frequently wash your hands.

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

Always get an annual flu shot.

Flu viruses are constantly changing. Last season’s flu vaccine may not protect against newer viruses, and an 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.

Some common symptoms include:

  • 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 you doctor.

Spread the word (and not the flu). Ask your friends and family to join you at one of seven locations on Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. When you and your family are “flu free” this season, you’ll be glad you did.

For more information, go to http://resources.baltimorecountymd.gov/Documents/Health/flyers/flushots.pdf

Keywords: flu, flu shots, health

Department of Health and Human Services Hosts Clinics in Seven Locations

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler, Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, and Department of Health mascot, “Sure Shot” today announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.

The free, flu vaccination clinics will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations in each of the seven Councilmanic districts:

  • Drumcastle Government Center
    6401 York Road, First Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21212

  • Dundalk Middle School  
    7400 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222

  • Hereford Middle School
    712 Corbett Road
    Monkton, Maryland 21111

  • Lansdowne Middle School
    2400 Lansdowne Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227

  • Middle River Middle School
    800 Middle River Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21220

  • Pikesville Middle School
    7701 Seven Mile Lane
    Pikesville, Maryland 21208

  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 Resource Drive
    Randallstown, Maryland 21133

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Our goal is to make getting your flu shot as accessible and convenient as possible so that we can help to safeguard against this potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “Holding these clinics at seven locations across the County and providing the vaccine at no cost is a great way to prepare for the flu season.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine - even if they were vaccinated last year - since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains may change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.

“We don’t want locations or cost be a deterrent for people to get their shot,” said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services. “The best defensive move against the flu is knowing 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 on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017