Anne Arundel County health briefs

November 13, 2010

Free flu vaccine

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will administer seasonal flu vaccinations to children and adults through Dec. 9 at area health centers during weekly walk-in clinics. Pneumococcal vaccinations will also be available.

Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street S.W., Glen Burnie, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday.

For a list of flu vaccine clinic schedules throughout the county, go to http://www.aahealth.org or call the flu vaccine information line at 410-222-7343.

Care for cancer patients

The Wellness House of Annapolis, an organization that offers services and programs to assist those living with cancer and their relatives, including children, has twice-a-week walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. All classes and services are free and open to cancer patients, caregivers and families. Pre-registration is required. The Wellness House is at 2625 Mas-Que Farm Road. Appointments: 410-990-0941 or wellnesshouse@comcast.net.

Healthy living diabetes prevention

The Joslin Diabetes Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer classes 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 1,and 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the center, Suite 119, 300 Hospital Drive. A diabetes educator will discuss nutrition and exercise changes to help achieve weight loss, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Cost $25. Reservations: 410-787-4940.

Patient disability pamphlet

The Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues offers a pamphlet, "Doctors' Offices and Patients With Disabilities Working Together." The pamphlet contains suggestions for doctors that will make visits go more smoothly, from training staff to obtaining equipment for the disabled and welcoming service animals accompanying a disabled person. To obtain a copy, call the Americans With Disabilities Act office at the county's Department of Aging and Disabilities, 410-222-4464, ext. 3056, or go to http://www.aacounty.org/Aging/disabledAdults/CommDis.cfm and click on Doctors Office Brochure.

Calendar

Vision and hearing screenings The Anne Arundel County Department of health will conduct vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, first and eighth grade.

November screenings will be held:

George Cromwell Elementary, Monday, Nov. 15

Pasadena Elementary, Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 and 16

Davidsonville Elementary, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 16 and 17

Cape St. Claire Elementary, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 17 and 18

Odenton Christian School, Friday, Nov. 19

Corkran Middle, Oakwood Elementary Nov. 29 and 30

Information: Kim Roisseu. Vision and hearing technician supervisor, 410-222-6838

Food safety tips for the holiday season The county Health Department offers suggestions to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses to infants and the elderly. Information: call the Housing and Food Protection Program at 410-222-7239 or go to Hot Topics on line at http://www.aahealth.org.

Joint School A free session on the preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery. Sponsored by the Baltimore Washington Medical Center, the program will be held 4 p.m. Dec. 15. Information and reservations: 410-553-8282.

Continuing services

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers:

•Children's immunization shots at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12 months, 15 months and 18 months. Information: 410-222-4896 or the community health section of http://www.aahealth.org.

•Family planning services with free pregnancy tests, counseling, low-cost exams, lab tests and low-cost birth control supplies to women younger than 25. For an appointment: 410-222-7144.

•Free kits about car safety for babies and toddlers are available from the Anne Arundel Healthy Babies Coalition. The kits also contain useful information for pregnant women, parents and caregivers. Go to aahealthybabies.org. For additional information about car seats and a list of inspection locations, call Maryland Kids In Safety Seats: 800-370-7328.

•Free healthy pregnancy or baby care kits. To take the online "Taking Care of a Baby" class, go to aahealthybabies.org.

•The WIC supplemental nutrition program provides free nutritious foods, nutrition education, breast-feeding support and resource referrals. To qualify, county residents must meet income guidelines. Information: 410-222-6797 or 410-222-0139 (Spanish).

•Free quit-smoking classes and kits are offered to county residents 18 and older. Contact the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or LearnToLiveHealthy.org.

•HIV/AIDS services include free confidential testing and counseling. Call for an appointment: Annapolis, 410-222-7493; Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633; or Parole, 410-222-7248. Information: 410-222-7108.

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