The Howard County Health Department will conduct eight clinics this fall to give free influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations to county residents.
The vaccinations are recommended for sufferers of chronic, long-term illnesses; residents of nursing homes; all adults 65 and older; health care workers; and those in close contact with high risk persons.
Influenza is an acute respiratory tract infection caused by a virus. An annual vaccination is needed, said county health officer Dr. Joyce Boyd.
Pneumococcal disease, caused by bacteria, can affect the lungs, bloodstream and covering of the brain. The vaccine is given only once.
Donations are requested but not required.
* Oct. 5 -- 1 to 4 p.m. at Owen Brown Place; Community Room; 7080 Cradlerock Way; Columbia.
* Oct. 8 -- 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Howard County Health Department; Ligon Building; 3450 Court House Drive; Ellicott City.
* Oct. 16 -- 9 a.m. to noon at Longwood Apartments; 6150 Foreland Garth; Columbia.
* Oct. 19 -- 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Florence Bain Senior Center at 5740 Beaverkill Road; Columbia.
* Oct. 28 -- 8 a.m. to noon at the Columbia Health Center; 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway; Century Plaza; Columbia.
* Oct. 30 -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southeastern Health Center; 9525 Durness Lane; Laurel.
* Nov. 10 -- 9 a.m. to noon at the Lisbon Fire Hall; Route 94; Lisbon.
* Nov. 19 -- 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Howard County Health Department; Ligon Building; 3450 Court House Drive; Ellicott City.