Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

December 13, 2006

Immunization clinics scheduled, Less than a month before the deadline, more than 3,000 county students in grades six to nine still need vaccinations to avoid missing class time, according to the county Department of Health and Anne Arundel County public schools.

More than 92 percent of middle-schoolers and 73 percent of ninth-graders have received the chickenpox (varicella) and hepatitis B vaccinations. But 1,805 ninth-graders and 1,285 middle-schoolers have not received one or both vaccinations, the latest data show.

Changes enacted by the state for the 2006-2007 school year require students entering grades six through nine to get both vaccinations by Jan. 2. Students without them will not be admitted to class.

The county Health Department will offer inoculation clinics for county schoolchildren at the following locations:

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., today, Monday and Dec. 20 and 27; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., today, Dec. 20 and 27. 410-222-7247.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, Odenton, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26. 410-222-6660.

Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., Glen Burnie, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Dec. 22 and 29. 410-222-6633.

While immunizations are free, a $10 donation will be accepted. Parents should bring their child's immunization certificate for updating.

Information: 410-222-4896.

AAMC honored for patient satisfaction

Anne Arundel Medical Center has been honored with five patient satisfaction awards by a health care market research company.

AAMC received the honors from the Jackson Organization for exceeding health care industry standards in four categories: inpatient obstetrics/gynecologic care, inpatient surgical care (Center for Spine Surgery), inpatient orthopedics (Joint Replacement Center), and outpatient same-day surgery (Ambulatory Surgery Center, Edwards Surgical Pavilion). AAMC also took second place for overall inpatient satisfaction in the large hospital category.

It was the first time a health care organization earned five patient satisfaction awards in one year from the Jackson Organization. The honors were presented in October at the organization's national annual conference in Williamsburg, Va.

Flu-shot clinics offered by county

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer flu immunization clinics for residents from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following sites:

Today, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Tomorrow, Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road.

Friday, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Although immunizations are free, the department will accept donations of $20 to cover costs. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation for both flu and pneumococcal vaccines (bring your Medicare card).

Information: 410-222-7343.

Medical center sets December activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities this month:

Tuesday, 11 a.m. to noon, Tate Cancer Center offers information on nutrition for cancer patients. Reservations. 410-553-8129.

Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle hosts a diabetes support group at the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and A.

The blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

To donate, call 443-481-4215 to schedule an appointment.

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