Health Notes


November 10, 2006

Get Medicare Part D enrollment assistance

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer help with enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D). Enrollment begins Wednesday and ends Dec. 31.

Those who attend one of a series of enrollment events will have the opportunity to meet with a counselor who can research a plan that meets the customer's needs; customers should take a list of their prescription drugs (or pill bottles in a bag.) Help with enrolling in a plan will also be available.

Appointments are preferred. Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7392.

Sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 at the Bain Center.

Sessions will continue through December.

Counselors are available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Bain Center and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Ellicott City Senior Center. Walk-ins are welcome during these times. Home visits can be arranged for those who are homebound.

Information: 410-313-7391.

Health care jobs focus of open houses

Howard County General Hospital invites job seekers in nursing and allied health professions to two open houses, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Representatives from the hospital's human resources department will answer questions.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Information: 410-740-7815, or

Flu, other shots are to be offered

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

A family clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Lisbon Fire Hall, 1330 Route 94, Lisbon.

Another family clinic will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.

An adult clinic is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Glenwood.

The cost for adults in $20 for a flu vaccination or FluMist; $25 for pneumococcal vaccination. Medicare Part B is accepted. There is no charge for FluMist for children ages 5 to 11.

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.

Information: 410-880-5888. Or visit

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