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Department of Health and Human Services Invites all Baltimore County Residents to Super Saturday 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 21 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Department will hold public flu vaccination clinics at the follow locations in each of the seven councilmanic 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 
            
  • Randallstown Community Center
    3505 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

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 on Super Saturday flu vaccination clinics, call 410-887-BCHD (2243) or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/flushot


Department of Health Reminds Residents of Resources for People Suffering from Substance Use Disorders

Baltimore County health officials want to remind residents that services are available to assist uninsured and underinsured residents in need of substance use disorder treatment.  Services are provided at low or no cost based on income.

“Overdoses are rising at an alarming rate, and addiction affects people of all walks of life,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Recovery Month is a perfect opportunity to promote the many resources available to those suffering from substance use disorders, and do our best to save lives.”

The Baltimore County Department of Health provides resources and linkage to care for people with substance use disorders and their families, offers programs and services to prevent substance use, and develops, coordinates, and monitors a countywide network of prevention and treatment services to address hazardous substance use.

“Addiction is a terrible disease,“ stated Gregory Wm. Branch, director of the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “We are committed to employing necessary efforts and initiatives to improve the lives of our residents.”

If you or someone you love is in need of help, the following services are available in various locations throughout the Baltimore County:

  • Outpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient treatment
  • Walk-in assessments
  • Medication-assisted treatment
  • Recovery support services
  • Family support and education
  • Overdose response training

If you or a loved one is in need of substance use related resources, please call 410-88-REACH (73224).

For naloxone trainings, pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/odresponse or call 410-887-3828.


June is Men’s Health Month

Baltimore County health officials are encouraging men to take advantage of free screening clinics. These clinics serve uninsured and underinsured teenage and adult males.

The purpose of the Men’s Health Clinic is aligned with the Department of Health’s mission to prevent disease and promote health through education, advocacy, linkage to care and treatment. Males who attend the free clinics for a “tune up” will be provided with:

  • Education about health and appropriate screenings,
  • Advocacy and assistance with applying for Medical Assistance,
  • Links to community resources for those without insurance, while those with insurance will be referred to their primary care providers for follow up, and
  • Treatment of sexually transmitted infections.

The men’s health clinics will be available on the following dates from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations. No appointment is necessary.

June 9
Woodlawn Health Center
1811 Woodlawn Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21207

May 19, June 16 
Essex Health Center
201 Back River Neck Road
Essex, Maryland 21221

Hannah More Academy Center
12035 Reisterstown Road
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136

May 26, June 23
Eastern Family Resource Center
9100 Franklin Square Drive
Baltimore, Maryland 21237

Liberty Family Resource Center
3525 Resource Drive
Randallstown, Maryland 21113

“As the health officer for Baltimore County and a physician for over 25 years, I am a firm believer that when we have healthy men, we have healthy families,” said Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch. “With things like HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, obesity and diabetes on the rise, one of the best ways to attack these problems is by addressing the health conditions that impact men, who tend not to seek routine or preventative health care.”

Available screenings at the free clinics will include:

  • Blood pressure
  • Flu shots
  • Glucose
  • HIV/STI testing
  • Substance use
  • Weight and height

For more information on our men’s health screening clinics, call 410-887-2705.
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Revised September 11, 2017