Baltimore County Now
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
Department of Health Seeks People Who May Have Been Exposed
The Baltimore County Department of Health was notified on June 2 about a fox that has since tested positive for rabies. The rabid fox was recovered from the 2300 block of Sugarcone Road in Pikesville 21209, on Friday, May 29.
If you, anyone you know or your pet have had any direct exposure (bites, scratches or licks) to a fox between May 15 to 29, 2015, please contact the Baltimore County Department of Health immediately at 410-887-6011. If calling after 4:30 p.m., call 410-832-7182. Additionally, contact your medical provider for treatment.
The Baltimore County Department of Health reminds citizens of the potential dangers of feeding or handling any wildlife and provides the following rabies prevention tips:
Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly or other pets.
Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly-covered containers.
Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance. Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are bitten or scratched by a stray or feral cat.
Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Do not allow pets (even cats) to freely roam the neighborhood
Baltimore County Animal Services provides low-cost rabies vaccinations and spay/neutering. For information on getting your pet spayed-neutered, micro-chipped, licensed or vaccinated against rabies, visit Animal Services or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).
June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge
The Baltimore County Department of Health is hosting its Fourth Annual Public Health Benefits Conference on June 3 at the Oregon Ridge Lodge in Cockeysville. The free event is intended to educate health care professionals about Medicaid programs for their clients.
Case managers, clinicians, outreach and social workers attending this event will learn about Medical Assistance programs, eligibility requirements and how to access the approval process. Programs covered are:
- Maryland Children’s Health Program
- Administrative Care Coordination Unit for Managed Care Organization Updates
- New Substance Abuse Carve-out Process
- The Coordinating Center
- Women, Infants and Children Program
- Medical Assistance Transportation
- Medical Assistance Personal Care Program
- Value Options
In order to accommodate the maximum number of participants, the conference is offering a morning and an afternoon session. The morning session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The afternoon session is from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oregon Ridge Lodge is located at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville 21030. Free parking is available. Registration is required.
Social Work continuing education credits will be awarded. The Baltimore County Department of Health is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to provide Category I Continuing Education Credits.
For questions or more information, contact Gina Meyer at 410-887-0598.