Baltimore County Now
Linda Grossman, M.D., Chief, Bureau of Clinical Services
Baltimore County Department of Health
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 and/or annual immunizations on your list.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have a list of recommended vaccinations (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html) your child should receive— as well as when they should receive them. New this year in the State of Maryland is a law requiring specific vaccinations for children who are entering kindergarten and seventh grade for the 2014-2015 school 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.
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!
The Baltimore County Health Department will be offering free, recommended vaccinations for eligible children ages five through 18. Find a date and location: http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/healthservices/children/immunizations.html
Dr. Linda Grossman is a pediatrician in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her medical degree from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and has been in practice for almost 40 years.
Assistant Chief of Animal Services
Baltimore County Department of Health
Spring is here and so are the Baltimore County Department of Health’s rabies vaccination clinics for dogs, cats and ferrets. The community-based, outdoor clinics are scheduled through June 14.
Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system. People usually get rabies from the bite, scratch or lick of an infected animal. The rabies virus is uncontrolled in the wild; however, the easiest way to protect your pet and your family is to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date.
Baltimore County has made it even easier for you to protect your pet by offering nine low-cost rabies vaccination clinics across the County. The vaccine cost is only $8 per animal. When attending a clinic with your pet, please note the following:
· Bring exact change, if possible, as cash and checks will be the only forms of payment accepted.
· Clinics are held rain or shine; however, the Baltimore County Department of Health reserves the right to cancel or limit the time frame of a clinic in the event of severe weather.
· Only dogs, cats, and ferrets will be vaccinated at these clinics.
· Animals must be at least 12-weeks old.
· Uncontrollable animals will not be vaccinated. Dogs and cats must be on a leash or in a properly sized, escape-proof carrier; muzzles are required for aggressive dogs.
· If available, bring your animal’s last rabies vaccination certificate (copy or original) to the clinic.
All vaccinations will be administered by licensed veterinarians who will be assisted by experienced caring technicians. Take advantage of this great, opportunity to protect your pet and family from a deadly, but very preventable disease. We look forward to serving you and your pet!
Rabies clinics are held weekly at the Animal Shelter. Call 410-887-PAWS (7297) to schedule an appointment. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $8.
Also, we have a very special deal for Memorial Day weekend - half-off animal adoptions May 21 to 25! Give a new cat or dog a home for just $25 and $32.50 respectively during this limited time.