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May Declared Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month

May 4, 2017 | Environmental Health, Press Releases

The month of May 2017 has been proclaimed by Governor Hogan as Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease, one of many tick-borne diseases, is the most common vector-borne disease in America. It is the fourth most common communicable disease reported in the state of Maryland, and over 1,700 Lyme disease cases were reported in 2015. With Garrett County having many outdoor recreational activities and work environments, it is residents are encouraged to protect themselves, their children, and their pets against tick-borne diseases.

Tick-borne diseases are caused by an infectious bacteria. The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi is carried in black-legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, and transferred by animals such as mice, deer, squirrels, rabbits, birds, and others. Ticks tend to stay near the ground in wooded areas and can only attach to a host by direct contact. Ticks do not have the ability to jump or fly onto the host. It is important for pet owners to be vigilant of potential tick presence as cats and dogs may carry live ticks indoors.  In order to prevent tick-borne disease it is recommended to wear repellent when outdoors, treat dogs and cats for ticks as recommended by a veterinarian, check for ticks daily, and shower soon after being outdoors.

Contact the Garrett County Health Department at 301-334-7760 for more Information related to tick-borne disease prevention, treatment, and proper removal of ticks.

For Immediate Release:  May 2, 2017
Contact Person: Bryce A. Manges L.E.H.S., 301-334-7760

2017 Garrett County Flu Clinics
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Flu Clinic Banner 2017 Community Vaccination Schedule:
We will bill Medicare Part B and private insurance companies. Be sure to bring your Medicare card and/or insurance card so we can bill your insurance carrier. There will be NO out-of-pocket costs for influenza vaccine.

Where When Time
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) October 12, 2017 (Thursday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friendsville Senior Center October 18, 2017 (Wednesday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Grantsville) October 20, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kitzmiller Senior Center October 25, 2017 (Wednesday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) October 27, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Swanton Senior Center October 30 2017 (Monday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bloomington Fire Hall October 30, 2017 (Monday) 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) November 9, 2017 (Thursday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Grantsville)  November 17, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pneumonia vaccines will be available at these clinics for only those with Medicare Part B. Other persons who want pneumonia vaccine should call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-5355 to schedule an appointment at the health department.

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