Flu Shots Canceled

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has canceled all flu shot clinics for the 2004-05 season because of a nationwide flu vaccine shortage.

The department is awaiting federal and state direction on managing the vaccine shortage and will issue revised plans for the flu season.

For more information and updates visit the department's Web site, www.aahealth.org.

Perinatal Memorial Service

Anne Arundel Medical Center will hold a perinatal memorial service for families that have lost a child before, during or after the birthing process.

The service is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 23 at the Holly Pavilion, Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd., Annapolis.

Those attending are encouraged to bring pictures of their lost loved ones to be displayed on a bulletin board during the event.

For more information or to register for the service call 443-481-6989.

Avoiding Playtime Injuries

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has created a brochure about how parents can prevent outdoor injuries when children play.

The brochure includes information about playgrounds, proper hydration and water safety. For more information visit the department's Web site, www.aahealth.org, or call the department's Learn to Live Line at 410-222-7979.

Essay Contest on Railroads

Maryland high school students have until March 10 to submit an essay or newly designed Web site for the history contest sponsored by the Maryland Colonial Society.

The contest is called "From Rails to Riches: Early Maryland Railroads . . . the Free State Route to Exploration and Commerce."

Prizes will be given for best essay, best individual Web site and best class Web site. Winners in each category will receive $150 and a summer internship at the Maryland State Archives.

For more information call Lois Jones at 410-889-4488 or Mimi Calver at 410-260-6444.

'Pets of the Week' on TV

Anne Arundel County residents can look for a new pet on television during the county's five-minute "Pets of the Week" feature, aired at noon, 3, 6 and 9 p.m. daily on Channel 98.

The show features pictures and information about pets that are up for adoption at the county's Animal Control facility in Millersville.

New pets will be featured every week. Information and pictures of adoptable pets are also available on the county's Web site, www.aacounty.org.

Newsletter for Older Adults

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program has developed a Fifty-Plus Newsletter with health information for older adults.

The newsletter gives tips on the physical and mental benefits of exercise, sun safety and the best ways to quit smoking.

County residents may also order the department's Fifty-Plus Health Kit, which contains the newsletter, a medicine safety card and information about cancer prevention, nutrition and exercise. For more information call 410-222-7979 or visit the department's Web site, www.aahealth.org.

-- Compiled by EILEEN RIVERS

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