The Anne Arundel County Health Department will provide free vaccine to students entering the seventh grade to meet the new Maryland state requirements for 2014-2015 school year. The clinics will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
•Meade Middle School, 1103 26th St., Fort Meade, Wednesday, Aug. 13.
•Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road, Linthicum, Aug. 18
•Health Services Building, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Aug. 20
•Marley Middle School, 10 Davis Court, Glen Burnie, Aug. 21
Additional information: 410-222-4896.
The Department of Health offers information on how to prevent the spread of rabies and what to do in the event of exposure. Rabies is most often seen in raccoons, bats, foxes and skunks. The raccoon oral rabies vaccination project will begin Sept. 3. Bait will be placed throughout the county and should be completed by Sept. 30. Two types of bait will be distributed. One bait will be in small brown bricks and the other looks like a ketchup packet with a light brown waxy coating. If you or your pet come in contact with the bait call 410-222-0056 ext. 3025. If you know a location where raccoons are sighted notify the department online at: aahealth.org/raccoonsightingform by Aug. 20. Additional information about the project visit aahealth.org.
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 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.