Health Notes

October 24, 2007

Golf tourney raises $80,000 for hospice

Hospice of the Chesapeake brought in $80,000 in gifts and donations at its fifth annual Golf Tournament Sept. 26 at Atlantic Golf at South River in Edgewater.

Proceeds will help Hospice of the Chesapeake provide end-of-life care for community members experiencing advanced illness, and to support to their families and loved ones, in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties.

Prenatal program marks its first year

The Anne Arundel County Stork's Nest, a free prenatal education program, recently celebrated its first birthday.

More than 50 participants have completed classes with their partners on fetal development, healthy behavior for pregnancy, warning signs of preterm labor, breastfeeding and baby care.

The program, designed to reduce disparities in pregnancy and birth outcomes in the county's high-risk pregnant women, is a partnership among the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the March of Dimes Maryland Chapter and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Eta Zeta Chapter.

Participants earn points by attending Stork's Nest prenatal classes, prenatal care appointments and other healthy activities. Points can be exchanged for a variety of baby items at The Nest, a store and educational center in Baltimore Washington Medical Center's Outreach Center at Arundel Mills Mall.

Information: 410-787-4366.

Flu vaccine clinics are under way

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has begun flu immunization clinics through out the county.

Injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided at the Health Services Building clinics 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.

Immunizations are free, but the department accepts donations to help defray the cost of administering the vaccines. The suggested donation is $20. Medicare Part B covers the $20 donation for flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Medicare cards must be shown.

The clinics will held:

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

Tuesday, 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 Stepney's Lane, Edgewater.

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

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