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Featured Editor: Nurse Practitioner, Wendy A. Ploegstra
INFLUENZA SEASON 2010-2011
Get your flu shot today!
The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season.
While the flu vaccine is recommended for all persons with exposure to sick people, the following groups are strongly advised to have the flu shot due to increased risk of exposure and an increased risk of complication if the flu virus is contracted:
- All children older 6mo to 18 yo, especially 6mo to 2yo
- Asthma, Diabetes, Heart disease, Kidney disease & all other chronic illness
- Persons with a compromised immune system
- Persons 65 years of age or older
- Persons who live with or care for any “high-risk” group listed here.
How does the Flu virus spread?
Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing near people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
What are the signs and symptoms of this virus in people?
Fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue, possible vomitting & diarrhea.
How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?
People infected with seasonal Influenza shed the virus and may be able to infect others starting 1 day before getting sick and upto 5 to 7 days after.
Take these everyday steps to protect your health:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If no tissue, use the inside of your elbow.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners* are also effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.) Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.
*Information taken from the center for disease control, and more information can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/1011season.htm
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH IS OCTOBER!!!
All women 35-40 years of age and older should have a yearly screening mammogram. Screening should begin sooner if there is a positive history of breast cancer in the family. Speak with your Doctor/Nurse Practitioner if you have a positive family history.
A clinical breast exam should be performed by your Doctor/Nurse practitioner at your annual visit, and monthly self breast examination should be performed monthly starting at 20 years of age. If you are uncertain how to perform this exam ask at your next visit.
Special Mammogram Offerings
Free or Low cost mammograms: http://www.networkofstrength.org/illinois/programs/resources/mammogram.php
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt. The most common signs of breast cancer are a lump in the breast; abnormal thickening of the breast; or a change in the shape or color of the breast. Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Additional changes that may also be signs of breast cancer include:
- Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
- Change in breast size or shape
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
- Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
- Pulling in of the nipple
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
- An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple
HPV VIRUS, A PROBLEM FOR MALES & FEMALES
What is it?
A virus spread by sexual contact that can cause cervical cancer, and less severe infections such as genital warts.
Current Vaccination recommendations:
Currently available FDA approved vaccine for males & females, Gardasil. Excellent safety profile with 23 million dosages in the U.S. to date. Vaccine is a 3-part series beginning at age 9 and through age 28.
Current screening recommendations:
Women: All women over the age of 30 should have the HPV test with their pap.
Men: Certain populations are at higher risk.
Additional Resources: www.hpv.com