SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older to get vaccinated for the 2014-2015 seasonal flu.
This year’s vaccine provides protection against three strains of flu virus expected to circulate this season.  All people, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, are strongly recommended to get a flu vaccine each year.
People age 65 years and older have a choice of two flu vaccines available to them at the Worcester County Health Department. They can choose to receive a regular flu vaccine or a high dose flu vaccine which may result in a stronger immune response against the flu. 
Flu vaccine is available for Worcester county residents at the health department locations in Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Berlin. Community clinics will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the following dates:
·         Wednesdays, October 29, November 5, and November 12 at the Pocomoke Health Center.
·         Thursdays, October 30, November 6, and November 13 at the Berlin Health Center
·         Fridays, October 31, November 7, and November 14 at the Snow Hill Health Department.
Worcester County Health Department will bill Medicare and Medicaid for flu vaccine.  Medicare or Medicaid cards must be presented at the time of service.  For all others, the suggested donation for the flu vaccine is $15. No one will be denied service due to inability to pay.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:47
Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program Ramps Up for Open Enrollment Year 2
Snow Hill, Md. – The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is ramping up outreach efforts in preparation for the second year of open enrollment for Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace.
The Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to implement a program to help educate, determine eligibility and enroll uninsured residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties into private health plans or Medicaid.
Open enrollment of the new state system, MarylandHealthConnection.gov, launches in mid-November.
All consumers shopping for health insurance on the exchange for the 2015 calendar year — even those who currently have a qualified health plan through the exchange — should re-enroll between November 15 and December 18 in order to compare plan prices and receive an advanced federal tax subsidy that could significantly lower their costs.
Local, certified staff are scheduling appointments for people who want assistance with the health insurance renewal process. Contact the local call center at 855-445-5540 to ask questions or schedule an appointment for open enrollment.
Throughout October, Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program staff will set up information tables for the public. The schedule of this public outreach is below:
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Riverside Pharmacy in Salisbury, 10 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Milford Street Pharmacy in Salisbury, 1 – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Making Strides for Awareness Fun Walk in Snow Hill, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 1: Princess Anne Elementary School, 4 – 6 p.m. 
Saturday, Oct. 4: AGH/PRMC Health Fair at Ocean Pines Community Center, 8 a.m. – noon
Monday, Oct. 6: Mount Hermon Health Mart in Salisbury, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 6: Princess Anne Library, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Deal Island Elementary School, 4 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Downtown Pocomoke Fall Festival, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11: Collins Temple Church in Snow Hill, 9 – 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 14: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17: Third Friday in Salisbury, 5 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 21: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23: Salisbury Chamber of Commerce Job Fair at the Centre in Salisbury, 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 28: McCready Hospital in Crisfield, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Snow Hill Christian Church Community Day,10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29: Worcester County Health Department, 6040 Public Landing Rd. Snow Hill, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Organizations interested in scheduling an educational opportunity or presentation may call our main office at 410-632-9230 ext. 1646.
For more information on our program and a continuously updated list of events, please visit us at lowershorehealth.org.  
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 15:02
Child Birth Classes
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:20
First mosquito pool positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department received notification from the State of Maryland that a mosquito pool in southern Worcester County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  The pool sampled is in a remote, low lying area of the county, usually known to have standing water year-round. This is the first positive pool reported in Maryland for the year.
Arboviruses, such as the EEE virus, are most common during the summer and fall months. The viruses are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and spread to humans, birds, horses and other animals. Since mosquitoes can breed in as little as a quarter inch of water, the recent rain may have attracted more mosquitoes.  Many factors impact when and where outbreaks occur, such as weather, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior.
The Worcester County Health Department provides the following tips to help prevent contact with mosquitoes and reduce risk of infection:
Stay indoors at dawn and dusk.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Use an EPA-registered insect repellent and follow package instructions.
Get rid of mosquito breeding sites.
Remove all discarded tires from property.
Dispose of water-holding containers.
Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.
Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out.
Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they are not in use.
People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. In more severe cases, patients need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment. Signs and symptoms of Eastern Equine Encephalitis include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma. Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should contact a health care provider.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 September 2014 10:46


BALTIMORE, MD (October 9, 2012) - Seasonal influenza has officially arrived in Maryland, with a confirmed case, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announced today. The first laboratory-confirmed cases of seasonal influenza have been diagnosed in an adult on the Eastern Shore. The individual was hospitalized but has been released. The flu strain was A (H3). This year's influenza formation includes the A (H3N2) strain. Last season, the first confirmed case of influenza was reported on October 3, 2013.
 Baltimore, MD (October 1, 2014) – Influenza season has begun. Though no influenza cases have been confirmed yet in Maryland, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) reminds all Maryland residents that now is the time to get vaccinated against the flu.
BALTIMORE (September 25, 2014) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) announces today that Maryland was awarded a grant of $3.5 million to target diabetes and heart disease prevention activities in five communities—Baltimore City; Washington, Allegany/Garrett; Caroline/Dorchester; and Somerset/Wicomico/Worcester counties. 

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