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Show Airs on BCTV - Cable Channel 25 and Online

The September edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” highlights Flu facts, homeless services and emergency preparedness.

Homeless Services – Hear about the County’s 10-Year Plan to Reduce and Prevent Homelessness.

Get the Flu FACTS – Baltimore County’s Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Branch, tells why everyone should get the flu vaccine.

Be Prepared! September is National Preparedness Month, and a great time to review your family’s emergency plan.

Watch "Hello Baltimore County" now.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

  • Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

child getting a shotAnnual Immunizations

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, many parents with school-age children are beginning their back to school preparations. If you’re among them, be sure to include your child’s pediatric check-up or annual immunizations on your list.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a list of recommended vaccinations your child should receive—as well as when they should receive them. Newer additions to the schedule in the State of Maryland are specific vaccinations for children who are entering kindergarten and seventh grade. As of last year, the law requires that students entering kindergarten this fall must have two varicella vaccinations. Meanwhile, students who are entering seventh grade must have one Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-attenuated pertussis) and one meningococcal (MCV4) vaccination.

Protect Children's Health

Immunization is a key part of protecting your child’s health. Millions of lives have been saved and untold cases of diseases have been prevented because of people getting vaccines to help them develop immunity to serious infections.

Diseases that used to affect many people, such as polio, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and meningitis, now are rare thanks to vaccines. It’s important to note that the germs that cause these illnesses continue to exist; so continued immunization is critical to the health of your child.

Additionally, immunization isn’t just good for your child’s health; it’s also good for those around him or her. When you immunize your child, you help protect the health of others including those who are too young to be vaccinated, those who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons, and those for whom a vaccine may not be effective.  

As you enjoy your final days of summer and begin your back-to-school shopping, please include your child’s health among your plans. Here’s wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe school year!

Back-to-School Immunization Clinics

To assist parents in getting their children immunized before the start of the 2015 to 2016 school year, the Baltimore County Department of Health will provide recommended vaccines at no cost for children up to age 18 who are eligible under the Vaccines for Children program. Learn more about the clinics held August 4 to 19, the Saturday clinics and the daily walk-in clinics at the health centers that are being offered in August and September.

Linda Grossman, M.D., Chief, Bureau of Clinical Services
Baltimore County Department of Health


Adopting a Pet is Now More Affordable 

Adopting a pet or getting services for one in Baltimore County is now more affordable than ever. Reduced fees for adoption, micro-chipping, and spay/neuter procedures are now in effect at Baltimore County Animal Services. 

"The decreased fees will go a long way to making it easier for people all around the County to spay and neuter their pets, to get the appropriate vaccinations and to bring adoptable pets into their homes," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Fees to spay or neuter a dog or cat are now just $20 for County residents. Included in the $20 sterilization fee, if needed are: microchipping, first distemper and rabies shots, deworming and a County license.

New Fees

Service

New Fees

New Fees for
U.S. Veterans

Previous Fees

Sterilization Fee

(County residents only)

Includes, as needed: microchipping, first distemper and rabies shots, deworming and a County license  

Dogs $20

Cats $20

Dogs $20

Cats $20

Dogs $65

Cats $50

Adoption Fee

Dogs $50

Cats $40 

Dogs $25

Cats $20

Dogs $65

Cats $50

Micro-chip

$10

$10

$25

Deep Discount Days  (includes specified holidays and other dates as announced)

50 to 100 percent
off adoption fees

(as announced)

50 to 100 percent
off adoption fees

(as announced)

50 percent off adoption and spay/neuter fees (as announced)

Online Appointment System

Residents can now request a spay/neuter appointment for their pets by using the online appointment system. Once a request is submitted, Animal Services will contact the resident by telephone to confirm the pet's eligibility for the service and to schedule the appointment. The applicable $20 fee is required at that time; a credit card is the only accepted form of payment. Spay and neuter services on an animal are based on a set of criteria. Residents are encouraged to review this criteria prior to making an appointment.

“I am pleased to be a part of the wonderful changes that are taking place in Baltimore County,” said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins. “Enhanced access — both physically and financially — to adoption and spay/neuter services should make it easier for people to afford and care for their pets.”

“I am excited to offer these low prices and hope that every County pet owner will take advantage of them, said Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services. "Doing so will not only improve the health of County pets, but also reduce rabies and overpopulation, while ultimately, saving more animals' lives."

View adoptable pets at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter and visit our Facebook page.


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