Health Notes


November 03, 2006

FluMist clinics set for Nov., Dec.

The Howard County Health Department is offering flu and pneumococcal vaccination clinics this month and next.

A clinic for children ages 5 to 11 will be offered Monday at Howard County library branches. Only FluMist will be offered. The service is free to elementary school children.

Children and adults with asthma, weakened immune systems, a recent history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or who are on long-term aspirin therapy should not receive FluMist. Pregnancy or any medical condition should be disclosed to the technician administering the vaccine.

Clinics will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon at the east Columbia, Elkridge and Miller branch libraries; from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Savage and Glenwood branch libraries; and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the central library.

A clinic for adults will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. The cost for adults in $20 for a flu vaccination or FluMist; $25 for pneumococcal vaccination. Medicare Part B is accepted.

Information: 410-880-5888.

Seminar to focus on wellness

Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel, will offer a one-day seminar, "The Wellness Revolution: The Convergence of the Medical, Spa and Hospitality Industries," from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The seminar will focus on industry trends and emerging business models that include wellness programs in complementary medicine.

The cost is $110; five continuing education credits are offered.

Tai Sophia, founded in 1975 as an acupuncture clinic, offers master's degrees in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts.

Information or registration: 410-888-9048.

Center sponsoring healing retreat

The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital will sponsor a Survivor Healing Retreat for people who completed treatment six to 12 months ago.

The overnight weekend retreat will be from this evening through tomorrow evening at Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville. The cost is $25, which includes accommodations, meals, snacks and activities.

Art therapy, yoga, journaling, meditation, a guided nature walk, knitting and fellowship with other survivors are planned. The Bon Secours center is on more than 300 acres.

Information: 410-884-4650.

Classes, services

Affordable care -- Chase Brexton Health Services Inc. has opened its third Maryland site at 5500 Knoll North Drive in Oakland Mills village. The center will provide insured, uninsured and underinsured children and adults with primary and preventive care, and mental health and case-management services. It will be the first Chase Brexton location to offer consultations in integrative medicine, combining conventional and complementary therapies. Dental care, substance-abuse services and an on-site pharmacy are also planned. Fees are on a sliding scale, and help is available with state and federal assistance programs. Medicare and Medicaid patients are served. 410-884-7831, or

Aquatic fitness -- Aquatic fitness classes are offered by the Central Maryland Rehabilitation Center at the Howard Community College pool. Sessions are held Monday and Friday afternoons. The cost is $5 a class. 410-312-9000.

Losing weight -- Individual weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered by Howard County General Hospital between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital. Appointments, which cost $25 for a half-hour visit, must be scheduled in advance. 410- 740-7601.


Terminally ill -- Howard County General Hospital has started a Compassionate Companion Program to help terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers, who receive extensive training, stay with the patient when members of the family are not present. Volunteers must commit to a specified on-call time and come in to be at a workstation each week. Barbra Swann, 410-884-4580.

Caregiver support -- Winter Growth, a private nonprofit organization that offers assisted living, medical adult day care and a wellness program for senior citizens, offers a free caregiver support group for anyone in the community from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required. Winter Growth is at 5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. 410-964-9616.

NAMI -- NAMI Howard County is offering three free support groups.

A group for family and friends of adults with mental illness meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The next meeting is Nov. 14.

A peer-based CARE group for people living with mental illness who work, go to school or regularly interact with the community meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. The next meeting is Nov. 28.

A support group for parents and caregivers of children and teenagers with serious emotional or behavioral problems meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. The next meeting is Nov. 29. The groups are free and are open to non-NAMI members. 410-772- 9300. Or 410-772-9300.

Quit smoking -- American Lung Association of Maryland is offering a "Quit Kit," a free packet of material to help people stop smoking. The packet includes a booklet of tips for quitting successfully, a summary of nicotine-replacement therapies, strategies for weight control and a list of local smoking-cessation programs. To order the packet or find a smoking-cessation group: 800-586-4872. Freedom From Smoking Online, a free program, is available at

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