Our community clinics have been completed and 1593 doses of injectable influenza vaccine were administered, as well as 45 doses of FluMist and 74 doses of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV). We still have adequate supplies of vaccine, and persons can call for an appointment at our regular immunization clinics
Influenza activity remains quite low in Maryland and throughout the country. Click HERE for the latest CDC report.
The recommendations for the current season include expanded coverage with injectable vaccine for the pre-school group, now from 6 months up to <60 months. Vaccine is recommended for all "high risk" groups, including those under 5 and over 65, and all persons who can spread influenza to these persons, including all household members.
Influenza virus vaccine Live, Intranasal (FluMist)
The Garrett County Health Department in partnership with the Garrett County Board of Education administered 1161 doses of FluMist to 769 students at the schools. (Students under age 9 generally received two doses) Vaccine for this project was provided by VFC, by a donation of vaccine by the manufacturer (MedImmune), and by the direction of special state funds by the governor to this project.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening - Slots for New Clients are now Available in our cost-assisted screening Program!
We are looking for women age 40 and above, particularly those over 50, who are uninsured and not currently receiving annual screening for breast cancer to fill out a limited number of "slots" that have become available. If we can not find these new women for this program, the slots and money will go to other counties. The new Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC) has picked up some 50 women from our current program, freeing up these slots for new "grey-area" clients. PAC is implemented by Maryland Physicians Care in this area, and replaces the former Maryland Pharmacy Assistance Program, and the Maryland Primary Care Program. The latter program had been implemented by the local health department.
Bacteriology Notes from Western Maryland Health System Infection Control
Under "Regular Reports" below, you will see a new Clinical Newsletter with updates on C. difficile colitis, RSV in the elderly, and metapneumovirus as a cause of URI/LRI in children, but this virus has no readily available test or treatment.
This topic has been popular in the press these days although no exposures in the U.S. have been reported.
Information Regarding Polonium-210 - Updated December 5
Guidance for Public Health Departments and Clinicians Caring for Individuals Who May Have Been Recently Exposed to Polonium-210 (Po-210) - Updated December 7