Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

October 15, 2006

State to discuss transportation plan

Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan and State Highway Administrator Neil Pedersen will head a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday with county officials and citizens to discuss current and future transportation projects. The meeting will take place in the Banneker Hearing Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City.

Each fall, the Maryland Department of Transportation presents its draft six-year capital program to every state jurisdiction for review and comment. A final report is prepared and presented to the General Assembly in January.

Drive-through clinic to give flu vaccine

The Howard County Health Department will conduct a drive-through flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today during the county's second annual Community Readiness Week. County Executive James N. Robey plans to receive the first vaccination.

The clinic will consist of three stations. At the first stop, information will be collected and consent forms signed; at the second, payment will be collected; and medical professionals will administer vaccine at the third. The FluMist nasal vaccine and a traditional flu shot (for ages 50 and older) will be available. The cost is $20 for a dose of vaccine.

Through a partnership between state and federal agencies and Medimmune Inc., the vaccine's manufacturer, children ages 5 to 11 will be eligible to receive the FluMist at no cost.

The clinic will test the county's ability to provide mass immunizations in the event of an influenza or other pandemic. Motorists are asked to arrive no earlier than 11 a.m.

Information: 410-313-6503 or www.hchealth.org.

Workshop to focus on preparedness

In conjunction with Howard County's Community Readiness Week activities, volunteers from CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) will present Neighbor to Neighbor workshops at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The workshops are to encourage communication within families and neighborhoods to prepare families and communities to be self-reliant for three days after a disaster or emergency.

Participants will learn how to "shelter-in-place" without assistance from local government or emergency personnel. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is encouraged. Information: 410-730-4744.

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