Free flu shots available

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer immunization clinics to provide free flu vaccine to county residents starting Oct. 15.


The injectable and nasal-spray vaccines will be provided at Health Services Building clinics Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 9. The nasal-spray vaccine is designed for healthy people ages 2-49 but is not appropriate for pregnant women.

Clinics will be held at other locations this month and next.


Pneumococcal vaccine, recommended for those ages 65 and older and people with chronic health problems such as heart or lung conditions, will also be available. The vaccine is also recommended for those taking medications that lower the body's resistance to infection and for those who have lost their spleen or have sickle-cell disease. The vaccine needs to be given only once for most people.

The immunizations are free, but $20 payments will be accepted. Medicare Part B will cover the donation for flu and pneumococcal vaccines; Medicare recipients should bring their cards.

Information and for a complete schedule of clinics: 410-222-7343 or


Men's support group : Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering a support group for men affected by prostate cancer. Man to Man, founded in partnership with the American Cancer Society, meets 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the center's Clatanoff Pavilion auditorium.

The group offers members a chance to hear from physicians about the disease and its treatment and learn about new research and treatment options.

Information: 443-481-5862 or Registration is not required.

Screenings, classes : Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering the following activities:


* The Joslin Diabetes Center at Baltimore Washington Medical Center offers monthly "Diabetes Discussions" from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Arundel Mills. Topics include "Meter Skills" (Tuesday), "Holiday Meals" (Nov. 4) and "Stress Management" (Dec. 2). Reservations are not required. Information: 410-787-4367.

Fibromyalgia seminar : Anne Arundel Medical Center, in cooperation with the Southern Maryland Arthritis Foundation, will hold a seminar for those suffering from fibromyalgia from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the medical center's Sajak Pavilion. A panel of experts will explain the condition and suggest ways to improve the quality of life of those who have the disease. There will be an opportunity for questions. Information or to register: 443-481-4000.

Mac's team : A bull roast and auction is scheduled Oct. 19 at Michael's Eighth Avenue to help pay medical costs for Cormac "Mac" Murray, 4, the son of Brian and Aimee Murray of Sykesville. Mac was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy, a rare disease that affects the nervous system and for which there is no known cure. Last year, friends calling themselves "Mac's Team" held a fundraiser for research and to help the Murrays with medical expenses. Proceeds will go to the Murray family. Information, tickets or auction donations: