Health Notes

Health Notes

October 26, 2003

Health Department offers vaccines for flu, pneumonia

The Carroll County Health Department has announced the schedule for flu shots this fall.

Flu shots will be given to adults aged 18 and older. Flu vaccine costs $15 for individuals not eligible for Medicare Part B.

Pneumonia vaccine also is available for individuals younger than age 65 with a doctor's order; the cost is $25. Medicare will be billed for those 65 and older.

The schedule for shots is:

Health Department: from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, at 290 S. Center St., Westminster.

Taneytown Senior Center: from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 220 Roberts Mill Road.

Carrolltown Center: from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 12 on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.

Information: 410-876-4900.

CCC presents program on deafness Wednesday

Carroll Community College will hold a program on "Degrees of Deafness" from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Wednesday in the Scott Center theater at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

The program for Disability Awareness Month will focus on the different levels of deafness and how they affect the personal and academic lives of three students.

The program will help the public become more aware and appreciative of what others with disabilities may be going through.

Questions about how disabilities are handled at Carroll Community College may be directed to Joyce Sebian, support services specialist, at 410-386-8329.

Blood drive set Friday at Merritt in Eldersburg

Merritt Athletic Club will hold a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the center in Eldersburg.

Donors are needed to help the Red Cross refill its blood supply. Appointments are requested.

Merritt Athletic Club is on Progress Way off Route 32. Information: 410-549-8855.

Child safety seat check set at AAA Saturday

The Carroll County Health Department will hold a child car safety seat check from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at AAA, 1030 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster.

The safety seat check is sponsored by Safe Kids/CRASH Coalition.

Staff will check for proper installation of safety seats and answer questions about car seats.

Appointments are requested. Information: 410-876-4448.

Community college plans blood drive for Nov. 4

Carroll Community College will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the cafe area of the Great Hall.

The Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region of the American Red Cross reports that it has a one-day supply of critical blood types on hand in the region.

The public is encouraged, along with college faculty, staff and students to participate.

Donors must be in generally good health, be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. They should not have gotten a tattoo within the past year and should not have donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Donors may visit the college at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster, or call 800- GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543) for an appointment.

Rape Crisis Service to hold hot line volunteer training

The Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold hot line crisis intervention training for people interested in helping sexual assault survivors in crisis.

The 20-hour training prepares volunteers to staff a 24-hour telephone hot line and/or accompany survivors to the hospital, police station and court.

Topics will include acquaintance rape violence overview, principles of crisis counseling, rape trauma syndrome, counseling and communication skills, victim witness assistance program, prosecution of sexual offenses, sex offense legislation in Maryland, domestic violence, child sexual abuse, medical evidence collection and health issues and the criminal investigation process.

Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 14 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 at 224 N. Center St., Westminster. The cost is free for volunteers and $75 for professionals. Registration deadline is Friday.

Information: 410-857-0900.

Fall Fest Race/Walk Nov. 9 in Eldersburg

Merritt Athletic Club of Eldersburg will hold a Fall Fest 5-Kilometer Race/Walk and 1 mile kids run/walk Nov. 9 to benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation.

The adult race/walk will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the children's event at 9 a.m., both beginning and ending at the club off Route 32 at 1388 Progress Way.

All 5K participants will receive a race T-shirt and all children 1-mile finishers will earn a gold medal.

Registration fee is $20 for the adult 5K race and $10 for children until Saturday, then registration is $5 more.

Registration will be taken online at or at the club. Information: 410-549-8855.

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