DHMH Recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month

 Baltimore, MD ( August 17, 2012)- The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and health care partners throughout the country in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The national pertussis (also known as whooping cough) epidemic highlights the relevance of immunization awareness.  

 

At of the end of July, the number of confirmed and probable cases of pertussis reported year-to- date in Maryland is more than two and a half times the numbers reported at the same time during the last four years. Pertussis, a vaccine preventable disease, can be fatal in infants.  Immunization of people of all ages with the appropriate pertussis containing vaccine can protect infants too young to be fully immunized from contracting the disease.

“Immunizations aren’t just for babies and young children,” said DHMH  Deputy Secretary Frances B. Phillips. “We encourage all Marylanders to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations.”

Protect yourself and the health of your family and community by being immunized against infectious diseases. Ensure that your children are up to date with the vaccines required for school attendance.  These immunizations are available through your local health department and private provider.

In addition, the influenza season is only a few months away.  Now is the time to talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated against the flu.  This and many more important vaccines are available to protect you and your family against infectious diseases.

For more information on immunizations in Maryland please visit http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov/OIDEOR/IMMUN/SitePages/Home.aspx . To learn more about pertussis and hear the sound of the cough, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/default.htm

 

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SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department urges all residents age 6 months and older, including pregnant women and those with medical conditions, to be vaccinated for the 2018-2019 seasonal flu. 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.

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Due to ongoing construction issues, the WACS Center will be closed through October 19 and move services to other locations. The center is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 22nd.

All services at this site have been relocated to either Snow Hill or the Berlin Health Center. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information or to check on the status of your appointment, please call 410-632-1100.

Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

This bacterium is found in the nose, throat and mouth of an infected person, and can be easily spread. Pertussis can occur at any age, but often causes serious problems in babies, and is usually milder in older children and adults. Children who are too young to be fully vaccinated and those that have not received all their vaccinations are at highest risk for severe illness and complications. Complications of pertussis can include pneumonia (infection of the lungs), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), seizures, and other physical and medical outcomes associated with a severe cough.

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Our new Just Walk Worcester website has information on local parks, walking tips, and videos of trails in our area. If you like to walk, check it out! Click the image below to see the new site. 

 

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Snow Hill, MD- Worcester County Health Department will launch “Just Walk Worcester” on October 12. This new website will be an inclusive resource for finding places to walk and explore no matter where you are in the county. The site features maps of all local parks and trails as well as walking tips, helpful videos, and details about each area including the length of trails, if there are any fees and if the spot is pet-friendly. Residents can view drone footage of each trail, allowing walkers to know the ins and outs of the path before they even lace up their shoes.

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