Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

December 20, 2006

Immunization clinics scheduled

Less than a month before the deadline, several thousand 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 many ninth-graders and 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 and Dec. 27; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., today and Dec. 27. 410-222-7247.

Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road, Odenton, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. 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. 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.

Medical center sets diabetes meeting

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a diabetes support group from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223.

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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