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Don't let the flu bother you!


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The best ways to prevent flu are to wash your hands often and get an influenza vaccination. Flu vaccinations are recommended every year regardless of the flu strains placed in the vaccine. Getting a vaccination each year refreshes your body's ability to detect and protect against influenza.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that anyone over the age of six months receive a flu vaccine. New for 2011-2012, the American Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) is encouraging people with egg allergies to work with their health care provider to see if they should receive a flu vaccination.

Fillmore County Public Health will be offering seasonal influenza vaccinations to the public at clinics held the following dates, times, and locations.

•September 20 from 3:30 to 6:30 PM at the Lanesboro School located at 100 Kirkwood East, Lanesboro, MN.

•September 27 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Mabel-Canton School located at 316 Fillmore Avenue, Mabel, MN.

•September 29 from 12:00 to 7:00 PM at the Fillmore County Office Building, 902 Houston Street, Preston, MN.

•September 30 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Fillmore County Office Building, 902 Houston Street, Preston, MN.

The cost of the flu vaccination is $25.00 each. Adults with Medicare Part B and both adults and children with a Minnesota Health Care Plan can receive the flu vaccination free of charge if their insurance cards are presented at the clinic.

To make your experience quicker, wear a short sleeve shirt and bring the age-appropriate completed vaccination form with you to a clinic. If you would like to complete your influenza vaccine paper work in advance go to http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/ and print the appropriate child or adult form. Bring the form along with your insurance card or other payment to the clinic with you. For more information about flu vaccinations, call Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898 or visit http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/

Medicare steps up enforcement of equal visitation and representation rights in hospitals

Wed, Sep 7th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Rules finalized last year empower patients to designate their own visitors, including same-sex partners.

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance to support enforcement of rules that protect hospital pati ..... 
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Health officials investigate two cases of measles in Dakota County infants

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Importance of vaccination for those traveling to other countries stressed

The Minnesota Department of Health is working closely with Dakota County Public Health and area health care providers in investigating two cases of measles in yo ..... 
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Case of inhalational anthrax

Tue, Aug 9th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Health officials investigate case of inhalational anthrax from suspected natural environmental exposure

Officials say case does not represent increased risk to general public

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is working with the ..... 
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Project Fit Families hosts first event in Harmony

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Last August, Melinda Lutes of Harmony started a non-profit organization called Project Fit Families. Since then, they have been working to get families in the area spending more time together, eating better, and keeping physically active.

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$10 Million in Affordable Care Act funds to help create workplace health programs

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their ..... 
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HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Minnesota Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance

Wed, Jun 1st, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) in Minnesota. PCIP is a new program created by ..... 
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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the ..... 
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