Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

November 01, 2006

Vaccinations rule goes in effect in Jan.

County school and Department of Health officials are stepping up efforts to ensure that thousands of students do not miss class time by failing to get two vaccinations by Jan. 2, 2007.

Changes enacted by the state for the 2006-07 school year require students entering grades 6 through 9 to be immunized against chickenpox and hepatitis B.

Students who do not receive the required vaccinations by Jan. 2 will not be admitted to class.

As of Oct. 19, the latest date for which data are available, 1,832 sixth- through eighth-graders and 2,303 ninth-graders had not received one or both of the vaccines.

County middle and high school principals are meeting this week with students who do not have the proper vaccinations. Letters will be sent to parents, and at least two more meetings between principals and students will occur before Jan. 2.

The health department offers free vaccinations at walk-in clinics at three county health centers. Visit www.aahealth.org for more information.

Hospital project gets $1 million

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens presented a $1 million check last week to Anne Arundel Medical Center to support its expansion plans.

It will go toward the Annapolis hospital's nine-story tower that will add 50 beds and eight operating rooms, expand emergency and radiology services, and include parking. Construction on the $200 million project could begin in the fall of 2007 next to the Acute Care Pavilion.

The county's other hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, is planning its own expansion. The $112 million project calls for a six-story patient tower, a new obstetrics unit and a larger emergency department.

Cancer survivors can meet at Tate

The Tate Cancer Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center has started a new bimonthly support group for cancer survivors looking to connect with other survivors.

"Journeys" will give participants an opportunity to learn about common cancer issues while sharing their experiences. Dates include Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 and 28.

Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Tate Center. 410-553-8129.

ADHD information offered care givers

Child care providers and parents who may have problems with children with disruptive behavior due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can get help from a copy of the latest issue of Building Blocks, a newsletter of the county Department of Health.

A copy may be obtained by calling 410-222-7979 or visiting www.aahealth.org.

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