Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

November 04, 2005

Flu-shot clinics now open to everyone

The Howard County Health Department has lifted the "high priority" designation for flu-shot clinics this season. Anyone seeking a flu vaccination is now welcome to attend one of its clinics.

The cost of the vaccination is $20, which will be covered by Medicare Part B. Payment on a sliding scale is available upon request.

FluMist will be administered by appointment only at the county's three health centers: Columbia Health Center (410-313-7500); Ellicott City Health Center (410-313-2333); or Southeastern Health Center (410-880-5888). The cost for FluMist is $20. Those ages 5 to 49 are eligible to receive the live vaccine.

A family flu clinic will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

An adults-only flu clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursay at the Bain Center, 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Family clinics are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Lisbon Fire Hall, 1330 Woodbine Road (Route 94), Lisbon, and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 at the Southeastern Health Center, 9525 Durness Lane, North Laurel.

Family clinics will also be held in December, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia; and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane Ellicott City.

An adults-only clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

For updates: 410-313-6503, or www.hchealth.org.

Elder Care Options is taking clients

Elder Care Options, a new program of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, is accepting clients.

The program is designed to provide high-quality services to assist with the long-term health and security of older adults while allowing them to continue living with dignity.

Care managers provided by Elder Care Options coordinate the normal tasks of living from medical care to legal services.

The managers are licensed social workers or registered nurses familiar with Howard County and its resources. Services are tailored to each client's needs.

The managers provide monthly monitoring and care-plan updates, and they are available for crisis intervention and reassess- ments.

Information: 800-274-1576 and leave a message. Or e-mail eldercareoptions@fcsmd.org.

Comcast starting amnesty program

Comcast is launching an amnesty program, giving anyone receiving unauthorized cable service an opportunity to report the status of their service. Those who do so will avoid prosecution.

The amnesty program goes to Nov. 14.

Those who report their unauthorized cable service will be able to become authorized paying customers with no questions asked. Residents can also have the unauthorized service disconnected without facing legal action. Unauthorized cable boxes can be exchanged for new, legal boxes.

After the period of amnesty, Comcast officials will conduct a house-by-house electronic audit to identify cable thieves. Anyone now facing cable theft charges by local authorities is not eligible for the amnesty, but those under investigation by Comcast for suspected theft are eligible for amnesty.

Information: 888-COMCAST, or www.cabletheft.com.

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