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photo of man getting flu shotSeven Locations for Super Saturday Flu Vaccination Clinics

Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch, Director of Health and Human Services and “Sure Shot,” the Department of Health mascot, announced the County’s Super Saturday, free flu vaccination clinics.

On Saturday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven council districts:

Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, First Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Dundalk Middle School 
7400 Dunmanway
Baltimore, Maryland 21222

Hereford Middle School
712 Corbett Road
Monkton, Maryland 21111

Lansdowne Middle School
2400 Lansdowne Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21227

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21133

Middle River Middle School
800 Middle River Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21220

Pikesville Middle School
7701 Seven Mile Lane
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Appointments Not Necessary

Free flu vaccinations will be available, while supplies last. Vaccines are given on a first come, first serve basis and no appointment is needed. Residents are asked to wear short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts for quick and easy access to the portion of their arm where the vaccination will be administered.

“Nobody wants to catch the flu and flu vaccines are a great defense against this common, but potentially dangerous illness,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “By having clinics located across the County, we are making it as easy and convenient as possible for people to get their free, annual flu shot on Saturday.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine – even if they were vaccinated last year – since immunity from vaccination declines over time and strains my change from year to year. The vaccine is safe, effective and readily available this season.


“I am urging all individuals six months and older to stay in the game and get a flu shot this year,” stated Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “As I remind residents every fall, the best defensive move against the flu is knowing the flu FACTS – Frequently wash your hands, Always get an annual flu shot, Cover your coughs, Take time off when you are sick, and Seek medical treatment if symptoms get worse.”

For more information visit Super Saturday Flu vaccination clinics or call 410-887-BCHD (2243).

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photo of a dog and cat

Tom Scollins
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.

Recovery Month logoDave Goldman, LSWC-C
Chief, Bureau of Behavioral Health
Baltimore County Department of Health

We all know someone who has been impacted by alcohol or drug abuse. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor, and certainly no one is exempt-even celebrities and sports figures.  The path to drug addiction begins with the voluntary act of taking drugs – even when it starts as a prescription! 

Addiction is a complex illness characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable drug craving, along with compulsive drug seeking and use that persists even in the face of devastating consequences. No one says they want to be a drug addict when they grow up, but over time a person's thinking becomes compromised and seeking and consuming the drug becomes compulsive.

Treatment is not simple, but it works! Treatment programs typically incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences. Addiction treatment must help the individual stop using drugs, maintain a drug-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning in the family, at work, and in society. Because addiction is a chronic disease, people cannot simply stop using drugs for a few days and be cured.

Behavioral therapy and medication can be important elements of an overall therapeutic process. A continuum of care that includes a customized treatment regimen—addressing all aspects of an individual's life, including medical and mental health services—and follow–up options (e.g., community – or family-based recovery support systems) can be crucial to a person's success in achieving and maintaining a drug–free lifestyle. For more information on substance abuse treatment services in Baltimore County, call 410-887-3828.

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