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Health Care

By Alice Finch

November Free Flu Shot Clinics at the Health Department Caroline County Wednesday, Nov. 3rd and Nov. 10th 8:00 am -12:00 pm and 4:30 pm -7:00 pm 804-633-5465 King George County Tuesday Nov. 2nd and Nov. 9th : 8:00 a -12:00 pm and 4:30 pm -7:00 pm 540-775-3111 City of Fredericksburg Tuesdays and Fridays Nov. 3rd and Nov. 10th 8:00 am -12:00 pm and 5:00 pm -7:00 pm 540-899-4142 Spotsylvania County Every Friday 10am-12noon and Thursday Evenings 5pm-7pm Walk In Stafford County Every Friday 8am-12noon By Appointment OnlyImpact of Flu

  • Each year, approximately 200,000 hospitalizations related to influenza disease
  • Each year, approximately 36,000 influenza-associated deaths occur (90% are in those age 65 years and older)
  • Children have the highest rates of influenza infection, while the elderly have the highest rates of complications (pneumonia, death) from influenza
  • Risk of hospitalization is 4 times higher in pregnant women than non-pregnant women

School age children have the highest rates of influenza infection, therefore, they serve as a major source in spreading influenza to others in the community. For this reason, prevention of influenza infection in children by vaccinating them is a good way to prevent influenza in the community.

  • In a typical flu season, it is estimated that more than 40% of school age kids get the flu
  • In a 2009 Canadian study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, vaccinating school children resulted in a 60% reduction in influenza infection rates in adults.
The flu shot is effective in preventing influenza infection. The effectiveness is increased if there is a good "match" between influenza viruses present in the community and those in the vaccine.
  • In general, about 80% effective among healthy persons younger than 65 years old
  • In general, about 20-30% effective among frail elderly persons

As you can see, vaccinating the whole family against seasonal flu protects our most vulnerable: the very young, old, and those with low immunity. The flu vaccine does not give you the flu, but it does save lives.

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

keepsake box

The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.