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September 19, 2017

Website Provides Parent’s Guide to School Health

Parents and guardians in Anne Arundel County can visit the “Parent’s Guide to School Health” at www.aahealth.org/parentsguide to find information on school health services for the 2017-2018 school year.

The page provides information on safe backpacking, immunizations and nutritious easy-to-prepare school lunch ideas. There are also recommendations to help parents decide when children should stay home because of illnesses. Other topics on the site include treatment of head lice, bullying and keeping kids smoke-free. The webpage also links to a directory of school nurses in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. To access the page, visit www.aahealth.org/parentsguide.

September Is National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

Infant mortality is the death of a baby who is less than 1 year old.

In 2015, there were 5.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in Anne Arundel County for all races. The rate was 9.3 infant deaths per 1,000 live births for black infants in Anne Arundel County. Preterm birth (birth at less than 37 weeks) and low birth weight (5.5 pounds or less) are the leading causes of death among infants in the county. Pregnant women and new mothers should take these steps to help protect their babies:

• Stop using tobacco, alcohol and drugs. Avoid secondhand smoke.

• Eat a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Drink plenty of fluids.

• Take a multivitamin that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.

• Achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

• Manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.

• Follow the ABCs of safe sleeping. Babies should sleep and nap Alone on their Backs in a safe Crib. Share a room but never a bed.

The Department of Health offers free Healthy Pregnancy and Baby Care Kits to Anne Arundel County residents. To order the free kits, or for more information about having a healthy pregnancy and baby, visit www.aahealthybabies.org.

Drive Through And Stop The Flu

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will offer a free drive-thru flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, September 30, from 10:00am to 2:00pm (rain date is Wednesday, October 18, from noon to 6:00pm) at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Gate 6, located at 550 Taylor Avenue in Annapolis. Free seasonal flu shots will be provided for everyone ages 6 months and older. Shots will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last.

Flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the flu. Each year in the United States, thousands of people die from seasonal flu-related complications.

For a vaccination consent form, fact sheets and more information, visit www.aahealth.org or call 410-222-7343.

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