Numbers in parentheses correspond to location numbers in Location Key.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

Because of the shortage of flu vaccine, local health officials are advising residents to await further information on how the available vaccine will be allocated.

The Calvert County Health Department has scheduled clinics on the following dates and locations for Calvert County residents only. Proof of residency and age is required.

* For people ages 65 and older:

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Calvert Pines in Prince Frederick and North Beach Volunteer Fire Department in North Beach.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Calvert Pines and Southern Community Center in Lusby.

* Infants and toddlers ages 6 to 23 months:

5-8 p.m. Oct. 27-28 at the Calvert County Health Department in Prince Frederick.

* People with high health risk ages 2 to 64:

5-8 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at the Calvert County Health Department in Prince Frederick.

Prescription or letter from physician required for people with a high health risk. Medicare Part B accepted. Fee, $10; children, free.

For updates, call the Health Department's recorded flu line at 410-535-5400, 301-855-1353, Ext. 349, or visit www.calverthealth.org

The Charles County Health Department does not have any clinics planned. For more information. call 301-609-6900.

The St. Mary's County Health Department has put all clinics on hold. If and when vaccine becomes available, the department will administer it according to guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focusing on those age 65 and older or with a chronic health problem. Information about flu clinics will be distributed through newspapers and radio stations. Health officials are asking healthy people younger than 65 not to seek a vaccine this year. The department can be reached at 301-475-4330.

Giant Pharmacy in Waldorf has a clinic scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Anyone participating must fill out an information form to determine whether the person qualifies for the vaccine under guidelines adopted by federal and state health agencies. The form is available online but also will be available during the clinic. For a complete listing of clinics at area Giant stores, visit www.giantfood.com.

Announcements

VISITING NURSES ASSOCIATION EXPANDS

MedStar Health Visiting Nurses Association's new office in Camp Springs will offer home care in Calvert, Charles, St. Mary's and southern Prince George's counties. Services include wound care, infusion and rehabilitation. Specialty care in cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation, ostomy, oncology, stroke and joint replacement rehabilitation, diabetes, maternal/child health, pediatrics and respiratory therapy is available. Call 301-931-3100.

CAREER EXPO

Learn about health care careers. Get information on education requirements and talk to local employees and professionals. Find out about scholarship opportunities and tuition assistance, attend on-site interviews and view displays. 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, 3090 Crain Hwy., Waldorf. Free. 301-934-7776.

CIVISTA ON THE LINE

Civista Medical Center offers free referrals of medical staff. Callers can also register for Civista-sponsored events and classes and receive information on health-related county resources. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 888-332-4847.

FREEDOM FROM SMOKING

Seven-week course sponsored by Civista Health and American Lung Association. Call for dates and times. Civista Medical Center (8). $40. 301-609-4327.

OSTOMY INFORMATION

The Southern Maryland chapter of the Ostomy Association of America is available to anyone seeking information. Call Jerry Kluckman at 410-326-2207.

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY CENTER

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) offers a detailed evaluation including complete medical history, physical examination, consultation with a pulmonologist and a breathing test. Call 301-877-4616.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) offers transportation for outpatient services when personal transportation is not available. Call 301-877-4357.

"ANGELS HAVE WHEELS"

Medicare recipients who suffer from arthritis, cardiovascular disease or respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or using a standard wheelchair, may be eligible for an electric wheelchair. For more information, call Gregory Coleman at 800-810-2877.

Screenings

BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

* Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers screenings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. No appointment needed. Free. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

* Civista Medical Center (8) offers screenings 1-3 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month in La Plata. Free.

* Calvert Pines Senior Center (2) offers screenings 11 a.m.-noon the first and third Thursdays of each month. Free.

* North Beach Senior Center (13) offers screenings 10-11 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Free.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) offers screenings noon-8 p.m. Thursdays in the hospital solarium. Free.

* St. Mary's Medical Center at Charlotte Hall offers screenings 9 a.m.-noon the first Friday of the month. Free. 301-290-1499.

* St. Mary's Hospital (14) offers screenings the second Friday of each month in the lobby. Free.

WELLNESS SCAN

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers whole-body scans, including specialized scans that provide a detailed look inside the coronary arteries and the heart. Call 410-414-4782.

Education Programs

AROMATHERAPY II

Follow-up class for participants who have taken aromatherapy before. Focus will be on oils, applications and more opportunities for blending. 7-9 p.m. Oct. 27, Civista Women's Health Center (9). $20.

KICKBOXING AND SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

Six-week course for girls and women ages 12 and older. Learn basic self-defense techniques. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 6-Dec. 18 (no class Nov. 27), Solomons Medical Center (15). $51.

TOBACCO CESSATION CLASSES

Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Noon-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 21-Dec. 16. Class will meet Tuesday during Thanksgiving week.

Presented by St. Mary's Health Department. Ten-week program includes details on tobacco products, secondhand smoke and how to quit. Begins tomorrow. Call to reserve a spot. 301-475-6019.

Offered by Civista Medical Center (8). Seven-session course to help smokers quit for good. Call for times and dates. $40.

Offered by the Charles County Department of Community Services. Open to participants age 18 and older. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 6, Somers Community Center, 300 Willow Lane, La Plata. $35. Register by Nov. 1. 301-932-6679.

STOP OSTEOPOROSIS

Learn about osteoporosis and the steps to protect your bones. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Giant Pharmacy, California. Bone density screenings available for $20. Call St. Mary's Hospital for more information (14).

RELAX AND REJUVENATE

Learn meditation and relaxation techniques for stress, recovering from surgery, chronic illness and general wellness. 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 27-Nov. 17, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $42.

LIFECYCLES-FOCUSING ON WOMEN

A free monthly discussion focusing on women of all ages. This month, "Embarrassed by Incontinence?" 7-8 p.m. Nov. 16, Molly Claire Tea Room at the Berry Patch, Route 231, Prince Frederick.

CPR COURSES

Calvert Memorial Hospital offers a variety of courses in CPR techniques for adults, infants and children. Certification for health care providers. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233, for dates and times of classes.

STRESS MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP

Learn to look for signs of stress and how to take actions to reduce it. Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16), Colony South Hotel and Conference Center. Free. Call 301-877-7370, for dates and times of bimonthly classes.

INDIVIDUALIZED DIET

Learn how many calories you need. Meet your weight goal with a personalized diet prepared by a registered dietitian. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for appointment. $40.

COMPUTERIZED BODY COMPOSITION

* Have your body composition assessed. Receive a computer printout of your lean body mass, body fat, and recommendations for optimal weight and weight loss. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for an appointment. $50.

FITNESS ASSESSMENT

* Get a fitness assessment from a certified fitness trainer. Tests evaluate muscle strength, flexibility, aerobic endurance and body composition. Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call for an appointment. $50.

PILATES

Healthy Alternatives (12) offers basic exercises to condition and activate deep muscles, flatten the abdomen and alleviate stress and tension. For class information, call 410-414-4507.

TAIJI QIGONG

Learn gentle, soft movements that help open joints, relax the body and center the mind. 24-Movement Taiji is also available. Call Healthy Alternatives (12) for more information, 410-414-4507.

HYPNOTHERAPY

Useful for smoking cessation, weight reduction, stress management and more. Call Healthy Alternatives (12) at 410-414-4507.

ACUPUNCTURE

Treat depression, anxiety, migraines, nausea, infertility and more. Call Healthy Alternatives (12) at 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

* Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) offers a program for people to learn to balance their lifestyle and diabetes. This program is covered by most health insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, call 410-414-4809.

* At St. Mary's Hospital (14), professionals will help with diabetic meal planning, monitoring, treatment options and daily coping. Self-management classes are offered days, evenings and Saturdays. Call 301-475-6185.

* Civista Women's Health Center (9) offers a program of two group classes and two individual sessions. Call 301-609-5200 to discuss insurance coverage and registration.

* Maryland Foundation for Quality Healthcare Inc. offers two-hour classes at a variety of times and locations in Charles and St. Mary's counties. $5 each session. Call Carol Wright to register, 301-870-7816.

HEALTH TALK SPEAKERS BUREAU

Health care professionals are available to present programs on health topics at your place of business or to community groups. Topics include diet and nutrition, heart disease prevention, cancer prevention, breast cancer, skin care, sleep disorders, diabetes, hearing loss, osteoporosis, alternative medicine, children's health and safety, and women's health issues. Offered by Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). 410-414-4523 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4523.

TOBACCO AWARENESS

A demonstration to warn against tobacco use. Available upon request for groups of children in grades 6-10. Free. Calvert Memorial Hospital. Call 410-535-8233 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8233.

STRENGTH TRAINING FOR WOMEN

These exercise classes for women are designed to strengthen and tone muscles and increase flexibility. Participants will use dumbbells, resistance bands and other exercise equipment. Certified instructors. 6:15-7:15 p.m. Thursdays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Registration not required. Four sessions, $30; one session, $8. 888-332-4847.

YOGA

* Healthy Alternatives provides yoga for all ages and all fitness levels. For class dates and times, call Healthy Alternatives (12), 410-414-4507.

* This class teaches participants relaxation techniques, flexibility exercises and strengthening techniques. Registration not required. 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Four sessions, $30; one session, $8. 888-332-4847.

* Beginning Yoga, a class for beginners, teaches flexibility exercises and relaxation and strengthening techniques. Registration not required. 10-10:45 a.m. Mondays, Civista Women's Health Center (9). Four sessions, $30; one session, $8.Registration not required.

THE TRAGER APPROACH

Offered by Healthy Alternatives (12), Trager Bodywork uses gentle rocking and stretching movements for relaxation. Learn simple movement exercises to maintain softness and range of motion. Clients remain fully clothed. 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

Parenting

CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION REUNION

If you delivered at St. Mary's Hospital or took parenting classes in the past six months, come join other parents and show off your new baby. Everyone receives a free 5-by-7-inch photograph. 1-3 p.m. Oct. 24, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Free.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT FOR WORKING MOMS

Share and learn how others manage a working schedule, family and nursing. 5-7 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Free. Call 301-997-6505 to speak with a lactation consultant.

INCREDIBLE YEARS PROGRAM

The Center for Children offers empowerment and problem-solving tips for parents and guardians in Charles and St. Mary's counties. For information on this and other programs offered by the center, call 301-609-9887 or 301-475-8860.

PARENTING GROUP DISCUSSION

Develop skills necessary to deal with today's issues. The 10-week parenting and family values curriculum addresses issues of young children, adolescents and/or teenagers. 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Walden/Sierra Inc., 44871 St. Andrew's Church Rd., California. Sessions, $5 each; one-time workbook fee, $25. 301-863-6661.

BIRTH CENTER TOURS

Expectant parents tour the birth center at Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). A question-and-answer period follows. 2 p.m., the third Sunday of each month. Meet in the emergency room department. Free.

* Breast-Feeding Resource Center's certified lactation consultants will answer questions or provide a private consultation. Breast pumps and other items will be available for rent or purchase. 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Call 301-997-6505 to talk to a lactation consultant.

* Nurturing Necessities class includes instruction on labor and delivery preparation, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options and more. $100. Call 410-414-5414 for times and dates of classes.

PARENTS-TO-BE

St. Mary's Hospital (14) offers a series of monthly parenting classes, free to parents who plan to deliver their child at the hospital. Classes cover baby care, breast-feeding, childbirth, infant safety, CPR and siblings. Call 301-475-6019 for times and dates of classes.

PRENATAL YOGA

St. Mary's Hospital (14) offers a six-week course that teaches hatha yoga postures, breathing practices for relaxation and the use of sound to help relieve stress. You can begin the class any time after completing the first trimester of pregnancy. Permission from a health care provider is required. Fee charged. Call 301-475-6019 for dates and times and to register.

NEW PREGNANCY MASSAGE

Provided by a trained therapist. 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3); 9 a.m.-noon, first and third Saturdays of each month, Dunkirk Medical Center (10); 4-7 p.m. first and third Saturdays of each month, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Solomons Medical Center (15). One-hour session, $60. 410-414-4507 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4507.

YOGA FOR PREGNANCY

Designed to help make pregnancy, labor and delivery more comfortable. Focuses on relaxation, breathing techniques and gentle posture. Must be 13 weeks pregnant. Physician consent required. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 28, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). $51. 410-414-4507.

Support Groups

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Calvert Hospice offers four drop-in meetings for county residents grieving the loss of a loved one. Noon-1 p.m. Mondays, Smithville United Methodist Church, Dunkirk; 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and noon-1 p.m. Thursdays, Calvert Hospice, 238 Merrimac Ct., Prince Frederick; noon-1 p.m., Wednesdays, Olivet United Methodist Church, Lusby. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

Hospice of St. Mary's sponsors this group for those grieving the loss of a loved one. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, hospice office, Leonardtown Square, 22699 Washington St., Leonardtown. Free. 301-475-6423.

HOLIDAY BLUES

A discussion, "Coping With Grief During the Holidays," will be offered by Calvert Hospice at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, St. Paul's Episcopal Church education building, Church Street, Prince Frederick. Free. 410-535-0892 or 301-855-1226.

DEPRESSION SUPPORT GROUP

Discuss the facts about depression, including causes, types, treatments and symptoms. 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Free.

PULMONARY PARTNERS

Meet others coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Fall topics include: cancer awareness, medications and flu/pneumonia vaccinations. 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Free.

ALZHEIMER'S

Family members welcome. 5-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16). Free.

AMPUTEE SUPPORT

Calvert Memorial Hospital (3) group meets 6-7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the KeepWell Center (ground floor of the hospital). Free. Call Scarlett Schall, 410-535-8210 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 8210. For information on speakers and topics, call 410-414-4670.

AUTISM-ASPERGER ASSOCIATION

Family members welcome. Fridays, Lusby Office Suites, Conference Room 2, 192 Main St., Prince Frederick (across from Lusby Hardware). Free. Call for times, 410-326-6655.

BRAIN INJURY

* Meets 6:30-8 p.m. the first Tuesday and third Wednesday of each month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call Carl Garland at 410-535-4461, Ext. 106.

* Meets 6:30-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Spring Dell Center Inc., 6040 Radio Station Rd., La Plata. Call 301-932-6196.

BREAST CANCER

* Friends Who Care meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Calvert Medical Office Building, Prince Frederick. Free. Call social worker Joyce Gradle at 410-326-4262.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (15) sponsors this group. 7:30-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. 301-877-5600.

PROSTATE CANCER

* Man to Man, an American Cancer Society support program, provides an opportunity to meet with health professionals and learn more about the disease, treatment options, survival issues, resources and more. 6-8 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, Civista Medical Center (8). Free.

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) sponsors this group. 6:30-8:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free.

CANCER

* 5:30-7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, Calvert Memorial Hospital Annex (4), Medical Office Building. Free. Call Meghan Toffey, 410-414-4730 or 301-855-1012, Ext. 4730.

* St. Mary's Hospital group welcomes family and friends. Snacks provided. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, St. Mary's Hospital (14). Free. 301-475-6070.

* Charles County Health Department is forming a support group for cancer survivors and their caregivers. 7-8:30 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, Health Partners Clinic (11), next to the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, Waldorf. Free. 301-743-7272.

LUPUS

2:30-4:30 p.m. the third Sunday of each month, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) library. Free.

CAREGIVERS

For caregivers of any age who provide care for an older adult. 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month, Richard R. Clark Senior Center, 1210 E. Charles St., La Plata. Free. 301-934-0128 or 301-870-3388, Ext. 5128.

CELIAC

Friends and family welcome. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Southern Maryland Hospital Center (16) library.

STROKE

* Southern Maryland Hospital Center support group open to family members. 5-6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, Colony South Hotel and Conference Center, 7401 Surratts Rd., Clinton. Free. Registration recommended. 301-877-4563.

* Meets the first Wednesday of each month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). Call 410-414-4800 for times.

CARDIAC REHABILITATION

* Family members welcome. 7-8 p.m. the third Wednesday (except holidays) of each month, Civista Medical Center (8) cafeteria. Registration not required.

* At Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). For dates, times and topics, call 410-414-4527.

DIABETES

Meets 2-4 p.m. or 7-9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, Calvert Memorial Hospital (3). For meeting topics and speakers, call the Diabetes Support Group Hotline at 410-414-4783.

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Open to all ages. Friends and family members welcome. Meets 2-4 p.m. the fourth Saturday of each month, Civista Medical Center (8).

-- Compiled by BONNIE SMITH

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