Hospital offers hepatitis vaccine
The North Arundel Hospital's Occupational Health Services division now provides Hepatitis B vaccinations to area employers and employees who are at risk of exposure to Hepatitis B virus.
The vaccination was recently mandated by The Department of Labors' Occupational Safety and Health Administration at no cost to employees who are considered at risk of occupational exposure to the virus.
Workers at risk of catching the virus include a variety of professional health care workers and emergency medical services personnel such as nurses, physicians, laboratory technicians, police officers, firefighters and dentists as well as morticians, embalmers and hotel housekeepers.
Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver. The infection is often curable, but may incapacitate the patient for several months during its acute stage. The virus is found in blood, saliva, urine and sweat and can survive for more than seven days in dried blood or on exposed surfaces.
The vaccine is administered in a series of three injections. North Arundel Hospital's Occupational Health services division is on the second floor of the Professional Center at 1406 Crain Highway.
Appointments are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For an appointment and more information call 761-4000.
Free medication review cards offered
The Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter has a free Medication Record Card available for people with arthritis.
The credit card-sized record contains information about patient care and medication. It can be updated as needed by physicians and pharmacists.
For the free Medication Record Card with carrying case and instructions call the Arthritis Foundation, Southern Maryland branch in Severna Park at 544-5433 or 1-800-365-3811.
Groups available to offer support
The following bereavement support groups are available in Anne Arundel County.
Sponsored by the Bereavement Center of Arundel Hospice (987-2129):
* Primary Care-Giver Group -- for those caring for someone with a life-threatening illness. Information: 987-2129.
The following support groups are sponsored by the Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Franklin and Cathedral streets, Annapolis, Md. 21401 Information: 268-4951.
* Circle of Support -- an ongoing drop-in support service. In Annapolis. Information: 280-6586.
* Bereavement Support Group -- a free six-week support group for people who have lost a family or friend over the last three to six months. Information: 280-6586.