Anne Arundel County health briefs

December 04, 2010

Free flu vaccine

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

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. 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.

Food safety for the holidays

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.

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.

Breast center now open

Anne Arundel Medical Center has recently opened a breast center on Kent Island. The center is nationally recognized for it outstanding care, research and comprehensive programs. The office is in suite 112 of the AAMC Health Sciences Building, 163 Main St, Chester. Appointments: 443-481-5300.

Healthy-living diabetes prevention

The Joslin Diabetes Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer a class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, 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

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

Support groups

Surviving breast cancer Discuss and share common experiences and problems related to being a newly diagnosed patient, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 12, first floor, Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Information: 410-787-4367.

The Joslin Circle Diabetes support group will discuss current issues regarding diabetes management. The group meets 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month in the Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Drive, Suite 223. Information: 410-787-4940.

Man-to-Man prostate cancer support group Learn about diagnosis, treatment and management. The group meets 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in the Tate Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Information: 410-787-4367.

Stroke support group Meets to discuss stroke recovery and prevention from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in the Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, 305 Hospital Drive. Information: 410-787-4732.

Suicide grievers support group For those 18 years and older grieving the death of a loved one meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at The Life Center at Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis. Registration: 410-987-2129.

Caregivers support group Provides information, respite and support to people who give care to family and friends meets 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Heritage Office Complex in the Department of Aging and Disabilities office, fourth floor, 2666 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Screenings

•The county Health Department provides free breast exams, mammograms, pap tests and cervical cancer screenings to eligible female county residents 40 and older. Information: 410-222-6180.

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