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Ban the Bug: Give the gift of protection from influenza for the holidays


Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Health officials say influenza vaccination needs repeating every year

It's not too early to give yourself and the people around you a gift for the upcoming holidays: protection from influenza. By getting vaccinated for influenza now, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting influenza - or spreading it to someone else - during the busy holiday season, say state health officials.

Minnesota's annual Ban the Bug campaign, occurring Dec. 4-10, is a collaborative effort to provide Minnesotans with opportunities to get their annual influenza vaccination. Campaign partners include the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization (MCAI), local public health agencies and other health care providers. The campaign coincides with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Influenza Vaccination Week.

Local public health agencies, nonprofit groups and health care organizations in many Minnesota communities will sponsor influenza vaccination clinics during Ban the Bug week as well as throughout the month of December and beyond.

"Influenza is a disease that can have serious consequences," said Kristen Ehresmann, director of MDH's Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control division. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of annual flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. In Minnesota, hundreds of people, young and old, are hospitalized each year due to complications of influenza. It is one of the leading causes of death for people 65 and older, but children under 5 also have high rates of hospitalization. "The best way to reduce your risk of influenza is with vaccination," Ehresmann said.

While a recent major review of studies on influenza vaccine effectiveness concludes that the flu vaccine is not as effective at preventing illness as previously thought, vaccine is still the best, most specific tool we have for fighting influenza, Ehresmann said. "While the vaccine doesn't offer perfect protection, if you don't get vaccinated, you have zero protection," she said.

It's important to get influenza vaccine every year, health officials said. The vaccine often changes from year to year because the strains of virus circulating around the world can change every year. Although the strains included in the vaccine this year are the same as last year, people still need to be vaccinated .....
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Project Get Outdoors has new leadership and launches new website

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Project Get Outdoors is getting kids outdoors in southern Minnesota! Project GO clubs in several communities are making it possible for kids to experience nature by bringing together volunteers, local resources and green spaces so that kids can get ..... 
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American Cancer Society's Relay for Life kicks off by giving back!

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The American Cancer Society's Fillmore County Relay For Life will be putting on a Kick-Off Breakfast November 13 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Preston Servicemen's Club.

Tickets will be $7.00 with the exception of children under three, w ..... 
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Flu vaccine appointments available

Fri, Oct 28th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a common disease that can be serious and even life threatening. Despite recent research study concerns about the effectiveness of influenza vaccine, it is still the most useful tool we have to protect people from becoming ill. Influenza ..... 
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AgStar Fund announces nearly $100,000 in grants to emergency services teams in rural Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, recently announced $99,919 in grants through their Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Grant Program. This program awards grants up to $2,500 towards funding ..... 
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Shoo away the flu!

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Influenza is a disease that causes fever, cough, sore throat, headache, tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches. These symptoms can be severe and last for several days. People most at risk for becoming ill from flu are people over age 65, young c ..... 
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Mabel Blood Drive

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Mabel Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, October 13th from 2:00 - 7:00 pm at the Mabel American Legion (114 N. Main Street). For appointments or additional information, contact Bev at 493-5284. Sixteen-year-olds are eligible to donate w ..... 
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Harmony Bloodmobile collects 66 units

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 27, 2011, succeeded in collecting 66 units of blood. There were 61 donors that presented with two first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones:

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Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

You are invited to view Fillmore County Public Health's Drive-Thru Vaccination Exercise, which will take place on Monday, September 19, 2011, from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, rain or shine, at 902 Houston Street North, Preston, MN.

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