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Larry L. Leitch, M.A.,M.P.A.
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Henry G. Taylor,M.D.,M.P.H
Deputy Health Officer
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Health Services - Child Health Services

New Vaccines Needed For Kids Entering Kindergarten and 7th Grade

The Carroll County Health Department is offering free immunization clinics for incoming kindergarteners and seventh graders, due to new vaccination requirements for the 2014-2015 school year.

Students entering kindergarten are required to get a second dose of the Varicella vaccine (chicken pox).

Students entering seventh grade are required to receive one MCV4 (meningococcal) vaccine for meningitis as well as one booster Tdap vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

In order to attend school for the 2014-2015 school year, entering kindergarteners and seventh gradersmust have these vaccinations, inaddition to the current school vaccination requirements.

Parents can take their children to their doctor’s office or come to one of the Carroll County Health Department’s free immunization clinics to get the new vaccines.

Free clinics for the new vaccines will be offered:

·        Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at TWO LOCATIONS -Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Rd, SykesvilleAND North Carroll Middle School, 2401 Hanover Pike, Hampstead

·        Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Carroll County Health Department, 290 South Center Street, Westminster

Children must be vaccinated according to the Maryland School Immunization Regulations (COMAR 10.06.04) to attend school. A parent or guardian has up to 20 calendar days from the start of school to show their child’s proof of vaccinations or proof of a plan to start receiving the needed vaccinations.

For more information on the new vaccination requirements or the clinics, call Penny Bramlett at the Carroll County Health Department, 410-876-4942 or visit http://www.carrollhealthdepartment.dhmh.md.gov/.

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Immunization Services
Provides clinical, educational, outreach, and tracking services to all children from birth to 18 years of age. Current recommended immunization schedules may be obtained by calling the National Immunization hotline at 1-800-232-2522. Immunization information can also be obtained by visiting the Center for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.

The Children's Immunization Clinic, offered by the Carroll County Health Department, is available by appiontment only. Appointments are necessary. Immunizations are offered to children under the age of 18.

For more information, call 410- 876-4942.

Case Management Services
Registered nurses make home visits to teach health care, address specific health needs, assist client in obtaining medical care, link clients to appropriate community resources, promote preventive health programs, initiate and stimulate family support systems, and when necessary, manage skilled care needs of children and family members. Referrals are accepted from multiple sources including the Department of Social Services (DSS), schools, clients, teachers, physicians, and other agencies.

For more information call 410-876-4942.

School Health Services
Nurses provide the liaison between the school health nurse and the home, community and the medical provider. Children are case managed to assure immediate needs are met and services initiated to improve the health and educational process. Nurses are assigned geographically to approximately six (6) schools each. For more information call 410-876-4900.

Lead Screening and Case Management
Lead screening is performed as a clinical service to the community. Lead case management is an ongoing service provided to children with elevated blood lead levels. To assure optimum outcomes, Blood Lead Levels are reported to local health departments by the Maryland Department of the Environment and local physicians. Medical management, environmental investigation, and health education services are arranged for those patients who are identified as "high" risk. For more information call 410-876-4942.

Health Education
Education is provided at various sites throughout the year by the request of many community agencies. School fairs, community health fairs, day care events, Safe Kids Day, and many other similar events held in the county. Nurses provide the expertise and speak on topics ranging from immunizations to pediculosis.

For more information call 410-876-4942.

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