Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

December 27, 2006

Teddy bears donated for stricken children

Harbor Hospital has collected more than 300 new teddy bears to give to children involved in emergencies.

Employees, guests and community members were asked donate 6- to 12-inch-tall stuffed animals the week of Dec. 11.

The bears were given on Dec. 18 to Baltimore City and Anne Arundel and Baltimore county EMS crews, the Harbor Hospital emergency department and pediatrics unit.

Harbor Hospital will continue to collect stuffed animals.

Information: 410-350-TALK (8255).

Immunization clinics scheduled

Several thousand county students in grades six through nine still need vaccinations by Tuesday's deadline to avoid missing class, according to the county Department of Health and Anne Arundel County public schools.

The Health Department urges students who have not received the chickenpox (varicella) and hepatitis B vaccinations to see their physicians during the holiday break.

More than 2,400 students had not received one or both vaccinations, the latest data show. School officials have sent letters home and contacted students who had not gotten the shots.

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 these locations:

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

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. 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.

Flu vaccinations offered today through Friday

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will continue immunization clinics to provide flu vaccine from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Today at Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 410-222-7247.

Tomorrow and Friday at Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633. Immunizations are free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 for school immunizations and $20 for the flu vaccine.

Information: 410-222-410-222-4869 or www.aahealth.org.

Arundel Medical Center stroke care certified

Anne Arundel Medical Center has earned certification as a primary stroke center from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, becoming the only hospital in the region - and one of just eight in the state - to earn the designation.

It means AAMC has demonstrated that its stroke program follows national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.

`Smoke-Free Kids' activity kit offered

To help parents raise nonsmoking kids, the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers several free publications.

The Smoke-Free Kids Activity Kit contains an educational booklet with fun anti-tobacco activities parents and children can do together and a parent's guide to preventing smoking. The kit also includes a pennant that children can color and a photo frame magnet.

A brochure, "Secondhand Smoke is Deadly: Protect Your Family and Friends," helps people avoid exposing children to the dangers of secondhand smoke by creating a smoke-free environment. A Smoke-Free Zones window cling can be hung in homes or cars to identify smoke-free areas.

Information: www.aahealth.org.

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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