Flu season is here and the Baltimore County Department of Health is offering a slate of free services to help residents combat cold weather illnesses.
County residents can dial in to on-call pharmacists on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. when the department presents Ask a Pharmacist Day, according to a health department statement.
Whether you want information on what kind of flu vaccine is right for you; you have questions about over-the-counter or prescription cold and flu medicines; questions about medical conditions and flu vaccination eligibility; or tips on how to avoid colds and the flu, call 410-887-2243 to talk with a pharmacist.
On Saturday, free flu shots will be offered at five clinics around the county. The two that are most convenient for Parkville-Overlea residents are being held Drumcastle Government Center, 6401 York Road, in Towson and Holabird Middle School, 1701 Delvale Ave. in Dundalk.
The free vaccines will be available from 9 a.m. to noon (or while supplies last) on Oct. 13.
Free clinics will also be held at Hereford Middle School in Monkton, Lansdowne Middle School and the Randallstown Community Center.
If none of those options are workable, the Department of Health has partnered with Franklin Square Hospital to offer free flu shots at CCBC Essex, 7201 Rossville Boulevard, beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 9.
To prevent the spread on contagious viruses, including seasonal flu, county health department officials recommend the following tips:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
- Always get an annual flu shot
- Cover your cough and sneeze
- Take time off if you have symptoms
- Seek care if your symptoms get worse
For more information on the seasonal and H3N2 flu, visit www.flu.gov.