Flu vaccine clinics to begin Oct. 17

HEALTH NOTES

October 10, 2007

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will begin flu immunization clinics Oct. 17.

Injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided at the Health Services Building clinics on Oct. 17, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. The nasal-spray vaccine is for healthy people ages 2 to 49. It is not for pregnant women.

Pneumococcal vaccine will be available at all clinic locations. Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for persons over 65, with chronic heart and pulmonary conditions or who have lost their spleen or have sickle cell anemia. For most people, pneumococcal vaccine only needs to be given once in a lifetime.

Although immunizations are free, the department appreciates donations to help pay the cost of administering the vaccines. The suggested donation is $20. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation for both flu and pneumococcal vaccines, but individuals must bring their Medicare cards.

The clinics will held on the following dates:

Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie.

Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Annapolis Senior Center, 119 S. Villa Ave.

Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton.

Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Owensville Primary Care Health Fair, 134 Owensville Road, West River.

Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater.

Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Nov. 13, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, Maryland City Fire Station, 3498 Fort Meade Road, Laurel.

Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway South.

Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Anne Arundel Community College, CALT Building, Room 100, 101 College Parkway, Arnold.

Dec. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, Orchard Beach Fire Station, 7549 Solley Road, Glen Burnie.

Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to noon, Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Road, Arnold.

Dec. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Brooklyn Park Senior Center, 202 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park.

Dec. 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis.

Information: 410-222-7343 or visit www.aahealth.org.

County offering health kits for women

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health encourages women to pick up one of its free Women's Health Kits,

The kits include the HER newsletter, which includes information on preventing breast cancer, avoiding common diet mistakes, how secondhand smoke affects women and easy ways to become active. The kits also include information on heart disease and free health screenings for eligible women.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org, click on Learn to Live.

Smoking-cessation materials offered

The Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers a variety of quit-smoking materials to educate Korean Americans about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke.

Printed in Korean, they include:

"Protecting Ourselves From Lung Cancer" explains the link between smoking and lung cancer and other serious illnesses.

"Smoking Hurts You and Your Family" discusses the risks and costs of smoking and encourages smokers to quit.

"Make Your Home Smoke-Free" covers the hazards of secondhand smoke and how to practice fire safety at home.

Don't Let Us Get Hooked On Tobacco" gives parents advice for preventing tobacco use and resources if their children already smoke.

Information: 410-222-7979, www.aahealth.org or www.smokingstinks-aaco.org.

Hospital activities include screenings

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer activities this month:

Today, 8:30 a.m. to noon, free blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Caregivers Support Group meets, First Floor Conference Room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, 410-553-8129.

Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free health fair at Arundel Mills mall., Roundhouse Food Court, screenings and exhibits. 410-787-4367.

Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Surviving Breast Cancer education and support group meets, First Floor Conference Room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8129.

Oct. 17, 4 p.m., Joint School, educational session on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee joint replacement. Reservations requested. 410-553-8282.

Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Joslin Circle, diabetes support group meets to discuss current issues in diabetes management, Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Dr., Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

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