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November 23, 2009

H1N1 vaccinations to be held Nov. 30

The Washington County Health Department will hold a flu vaccination clinic for H1N1 at North Hagerstown High School on Monday, Nov. 30.

This is for all target groups recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These target groups include:

o pregnant women;

o people who live with or care for children younger than 6 months of age;

o healthcare and emergency medical services personnel;

o persons between the ages of 6 months and 24 years old; and

o people between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who are at higher risk for 2009 H1N1 because of chronic health disorders or compromised immune systems.

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Vaccinations will be available by appointment only. A total of 1,900 appointments will be made beginning at 8 a.m. today. To schedule an appointment, call 240-313-3456.

Free vaccinations will be given at North Hagerstown High School on Monday, Nov. 30, and appointments will be scheduled through 6 p.m.

There is no charge for the H1N1 vaccination.

The H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine used will be in the injectable form, which will not provide protection from the seasonal flu.

Individuals seeking up-to-date information regarding clinic schedules should check the Health Department's Web site at www.washhealth.org , or call the department's flu hotline at 240-313-3456 daily.

Specrum program information session

The Spectrum is a six-week group-based educational program based on the research of Dr. Dean Ornish. It is for individuals who want to prevent disease, reduce their risk for developing chronic conditions or learn lifestyle changes that can help manage diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and cancer.

A free information session will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the second-floor conference room of the McCormack Center on the campus of City Hospital Inc.

Attendees of the information session will have the opportunity to learn about the four components of The Spectrum Program - nutrition, stress management, exercise and social support - and insurance coverage and eligibility requirements.

Space is limited. Participants are asked to register by Tuesday, Dec. 1. To register, call 264-1287, ext. 1814.

Free diabetic glucometers

The West Hagerstown Lions are offering free diabetic glucometers to those who are newly diabetic, seniors and others who do not have insurance to cover the cost of this equipment. Glucometers cost $20 or more at local retail outlets.

The glucometers are provided by a variety of manufacturers to the Lions District Diabetes Awareness Committee for free distribution. Units are new and in original packaging.

For more information about diabetes and the free glucometers, call the West Hagerstown Lions at 301-790-2036.

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