Seasonal Flu Information

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Flu activity is high in Maryland and expected to continue. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get your seasonal flu vaccine. It's not too late.

Flu prevention tips:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands. (Or cough or sneeze into the bend in your elbow.)
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

More information:

CDC Flu Page

Maryland Department of Health Flu Page

Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics (Winter 2020)

Howard County Health Department
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays)
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Call 410-313-7500 for more information.


Did you know? Every year an estimated 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized for flu complications. Like pneumonia. Everyone in your family who is 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This year, Next year, Every year. #getafluvax

 

Seasonal Flu Frequently Asked Questions

 

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick? Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick.

  • If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from getting sick. People with the flu should stay away from others for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-lowering medicine.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Make sure to put used tissues in the trash after one use.
  • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also work.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

How to best wash your hands to avoid getting the flu

  • Washing your hands often helps protect you from germs.
  • Use soap and warm water when you wash your hands. Wash for 15 to 20 seconds.
    • Sing the “Happy Birthday” two times. It is enough time to kill germs
  • When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based hand wipes or gel may be used. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry.

You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website about the flu.