Our first community clinics will be held Friday November 3, in Oakland, and Monday, November 6, in Grantsville. For the full schedule of clinics click here.We will be offering the intranasal spray influenza vaccine as well as the injectable, and also the adult pneumococcal vaccine at these clinics. The charge for each influenza vaccination is $20. The Pneumococcal vaccination is $45.
The recommendations for the up-coming 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 is offering the nasal spray vaccine free of charge to all children between ages 5 and 11, with parental consent. This community-wide opportunity was piloted last year in two Maryland counties, and resulted in reduced absenteeism by students and teachers and less influenza in the communities. The first round of this vaccine was administered at the elementary schools on Tuesday, October 24 and >760 doses were administered; a second dose will be given 4-6 weeks later for those who had not had an influenza immunization in a prior year and are under 9 years of age. No adverse reactions to the vaccine were encountered. The alternative of the injectable vaccine will be offered to these children at no charge at the health department community flu vaccine clinics for those found ineligible for the intranasal vaccine. Vaccine for this project has been provided by VFC, by a donation of vaccine by the manufacturer (MedImmune), and the direction of special state funds by the governor to this project.
Salmonella has been positive in some recent stool cultures, and a recent cluster of cases associated with a family reunion was found to be caused by Norwalk Agent (a virus).
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 which had been implemented by the local health department.