Fleeing From The Flu

  “Nurse Karen” has agreed to be a regular contributor of information regarding health concerns. This is a timely one… while I was at the school today, the kids were working up their courage for their shots!

There is still a lot of media coverage regarding H1N1 flu on TV, radio and in the newspapers. It is important to me, as a Public Health Nurse, to provide the most current information. The high priority groups for receiving the H1N1 vaccine are pregnant women, children and young adults 6 months through 25 years of age, caregivers and household contacts of infants under 6 months of age because this population is too young to receive a flu immunization, persons 25 through 65 years of age with underlying health conditions, especially respiratory conditions, health care workers, and then all others who want a vaccine.

H1N1 is widespread in Maine. Most available vaccines are going to pregnant women and school children. Vaccinating children, who are major transmitters of the flu, does provide some protection to the entire community. Since April, 2009, 134 children have died in the United States after becoming ill with H1N1.

Remember to avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash/sanitize hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home if you are ill, and get the seasonal and H1N1 vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

For the most up to date information go to www.flu.gov or www.maineflu.gov. You can also e-mail flu questions to flu.questions@maine.gov.

On a personal note, I assisted at the large flu clinic at the Bangor Auditorium on October 28th. I arrived at 8:30AM. The line of school children and (more…)

Valley Grange November Schedule

Further information about any events is available by sending an email.

Thursday, November 5th

Piscataquis Pomona Meeting at Garland Grange Hall starts with a potluck supper at 6 :00 PM — meeting folows at 7:00 PM.

Friday, November 6th

Valley Grange Business Meeting at Grange Hall at 7 PM.

Friday, November 13th

Grange Bookworms participate in RIF Program at SeDoMoCha.

Friday, November 20th

Dictionary Day in S.A.D. 41 starts in Lagrange at 8:30 AM, Milo Elementary at 10:00 AM, and Brownville Elementary at Noon.

Family Fun Event starts with a Spaghetti Supper at 6:00 PM, followed by entertainment with the Back Porch Bluegrass Band at 7:00 PM.