Seasonal Flu Information



Howard County Library Flu Clinics - All clinics are from 3-6pm
  • November 21 - Elkridge Branch
  • December 10 - Glenwood Branch
  • December 12 - Miller Branch
  • December 17 - East Columbia Branch
  • December 19 - Central Branch
Walk-In Flu Clinics

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.