Newsletter tells ways to keep kids healthy

The Anne Arundel County Department of health is offering tips for preventing the spread of diseases and keeping kids healthy.


The current issue of Building Blocks, the department's free newsletter, urges regular hand washing, getting enough sleep and healthy eating. The newsletter also discusses what to do in the case of a flu outbreak and when you should keep your sick child home from day care or school. There's also an insert with a recipe for chicken soup. To request the newsletter, call the Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979 or download the newsletter from

Flu vaccine available at 3 health centers


The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will provide flu vaccines, including shots and the nasal mist, to residents on the following dates:

Tomorrow and all Fridays this month - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glen Burnie Health Center, 416 A St. S.W., 410-222-6633.

Tuesdays - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Odenton Health Center, 1370 Odenton Road. 410-222-6660.

Wednesdays - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well as Jan. 8, 22 and 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Parole Health Center, 1950 Drew St., Annapolis. 410-222-7247.

Immunizations are free, but donations of $20 are appreciated. Appointments are not necessary. Information: 410-222-4896 or

Harbor Hospital adds two new technologies

Harbor Hospital has added two technologies that improve precision and accuracy and help physicians improve and save patients' lives.

A computer-assisted surgery program is being used on joint replacement patients, while the PET/CT scan helps oncologists more effectively diagnose, evaluate treatment of and accurately place treatments for cancer patients.


Information: 410-350-3200.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and A.

The blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.


Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. To donate, call 443-481-4215 for an appointment.