The Somerset County Department of Health is dedicated to preventing the spread of disease through education throughout the community.

The biggest focus areas for disease control and prevention are:

Health Educators are available to provide a presentation to your agency or organization about hand and respiratory hygiene to prevent disease

Please contact the health department for more information.


Hand washing

Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. 

What happens if you do not wash your hands frequently?

You pick up germs from other sources and then you infect yourself when you

  • Touch your eyes
  • Or your nose
  • Or your mouth.

You can also spread germs directly to others or onto surfaces that other people touch.  And before you know it, everybody around you is getting sick.

The important thing to remember is that, in addition to colds, some pretty serious diseases -- like hepatitis A, meningitis, and infectious diarrhea -- can easily be prevented if people make a habit of washing their hands.

When should you wash your hands?

You should wash your hands often because you can't see germs with the naked eye or smell them, so you do not really know where they are hiding.

It is especially important to wash your hands:

  • Before, during, and after you prepare food
  • Before you eat, and after you use the bathroom
  • After handling animals or animal waste
  • When your hands are dirty, and
  • More frequently when someone in your home is sick.

What is the correct way to wash your hands?

  1. First wet your hands and apply liquid or clean bar soap. Place the bar soap on a rack and allow it to drain.
  2. Next rub your hands vigorously together and scrub all surfaces.
  3. Continue for 20 seconds or about the length of a little tune. It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
  4. Rinse
  5. well and dry your hands.

Cited from the CDC Clean Hands Campaign

Flu shots

The Somerset County Department of Health provides free and low-cost flu shots to residents 18 and older of our contract areas throughout the flu season.  

Who should get a flu shot?

  • Everyone ages 6 months and older should get a flu shot every season including pregnant women, those 65 and older, and those with chronic conditions

Why should I get a flu shot?

  • The best way to prevent the flu, is to get a flu shot every year.
  • Getting a flu shot can protect you, and the people around you from getting sick.
  • If you do get sick, the flu shot may make your illness milder.

Please contact us, or visit our calendar for updated flu shot clinic dates

Cited from the CDC Influenza (Flu) page