Anne Arundel County health briefs

September 05, 2014

Raccoon rabies project

The county health department has begun its raccoon oral rabies vaccination project to immunize thousands of wild raccoons by placing approximately 85,000 rabies vaccine baits throughout the county. Trained bait teams, wearing shirts with Department of Health logo, will place the edible baits in likely raccoon habitats. In addition, a county police helicopter, flying at low altitudes, will be used to distribute baits in less populated areas. Information: visit aahealth.org/orv or call the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-222-0056. Ext. 3025.

HPV vaccine

The department of health provides free HPV vaccine for both males and females ages 9 to 26 at the following clinics. Call to make an appointment.

•Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A Street, SW, Glen Burnie, 410-222-6633

•Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew Street, Annapolis, 410-222-7247

Additional information visit aahealth.org or the department's immunizations services office 410-222-4986.

Breast cancer awareness

The Department of Health's Learn to Live program is offering a free women's health kit that includes information on breast cancer screenings, nutrition and other women's health topics. The health department also offers free mammograms and breast exams to eligible women. Call 410-222-7979 or visit learntolivehealthy.org.

Online report card

The county Department of Health's 2014 annual report card provides statistics related to mortality trends, cancer incidence, overweight and obesity, communicable diseases and other public health topics. The report highlights county progress made in adult smokers and colorectal cancer screenings. View the report at aahealth.org. Information 410-222-7203.

Walk for better health

Walking is the most popular form of physical activity. A web page sponsored by the Department of Health, aahealth.org/walk, features information about walking programs, trails and tracks.

Health email alerts

The Department of Health has a community health email alert system to provide timely notices about department services and community health issues. Also, a recreational water-quality email alert system has been in effect since 2006. It alerts subscribers when a closure or advisory is issued for a county waterway. Information: 410-222-4508 or aahealth.org/alerts. Also, the health department reminds county residents about health risks that are associated with natural bodies of water and with eating raw shellfish. Eating raw shellfish can cause Vibrio and Mycobacterium marinum related illnesses. Visit aahealth.org.

Quit smoking

The Learn To Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers quit-smoking and power-to-quit-smoking kits. Kits are available from the Learn To Live line, 410-222-7979, or from the Spanish-language line, 410-222-4479 or visit learntolivehealthy.org. Also the department of health offers free healthy pregnancy and healthy babies kits on maintaining a smoke-free home, car and day care environment. To order free kits visit aahealthybabies.org or call 410-222-7223.

VA outpatient clinic

The Department of Veterans Affairs operates a 13,300-square-foot facility to serve veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The clinic is at 2479 Fifth St., adjacent to the Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center on the Fort George G. Meade Installation. Services include general outpatient medical care, preventive health and education services, various medical screenings, TeleHealth services and referrals to specialized programs and inpatient services available throughout the VA Medical Health Care System. Information: 410-305-5300.

Men's health kits

The Learn to Live program of the Department of Health offers free men's health kits with information on prostate health and colorectal cancer screening, as well as HIM magazine, which includes information on sun safety, smoking, nutrition and other men's health tips. To order a kit, call Learn to Live at 410-222-7979. Information: learntolivehealthy.org.

Support groups

Phoenix Rising, a support group for teens ages 13 to 18, is a place to connect with others who are also grieving the death of a loved one. Meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Chesapeake Life Center, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena. Information: 410-987-2129.

HIV/AIDS Weekly support group meetings for HIV-positive men and women are held at 1 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis. Information: 410-222-7108.

Diabetes Support and educational programs will be offered at 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Anita Smith 443-481-5188.

Trauma recovery support The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in the Anne Arundel County Medical Center, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis. Information: Elizabeth Cush, 443-481-1209.

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