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Keep the Flu Away

We’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed some of the best summer weather on record.  But these beautiful, warm days will soon fade, as we enter the cool, crisp weather of fall.  And who knows what this winter will bring? One thing we do know is that we want to stay healthy during the winter months. And one of the best ways to do just that is to get your annual flu shot. It’s the single best way to prevent the flu.

You can get your flu shot at one of the public flu clinics held at convenient locations in communities throughout Rutland County and in Dorset and Rupert. Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (RAVNAH) has scheduled a number of community flu clinics for peoples age 18 and older, starting September 21.RAVNAH offers regular strength flu and pneumonia vaccines and a high dose flu vaccine especially developed for people age 65 and older.  Ask your doctor if the high dose vaccine is right for you.

When should I get a flu shot?

Here in Vermont flu activity most commonly peaks in January or February. Getting vaccinated any time between September and November can ensure you have immunity to protect yourself through the flu season.

Who should get a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends flu shots for:

  • Anyone 6 months of age and older.
  • People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or asthma.
  • People with weakened immune systems.
  • People who live with, or provide care for, children and adults.
  • Women who will be pregnant during the flu season.

Who should get a pneumonia vaccine?

The Centers for disease Control (CDC) recommends pneumonia vaccinations for:

  •  All adults 65 years of age and older
  • Anyone 2 through 64 years of age with a chronic illness
  • Anyone 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma
  • Women who smoke or have asthma, have a chronic illness or compromised immune system should be immunized before becoming pregnant.

 Preventing the Flu

The first and most important step is to get a flu shot, but practicing good health habits can also help. Here are some tips to keep the aches, pains, sneezes and sniffles at bay:

    • Wash your hands well and often throughout the day or use sanitizing hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose.
    • Avoid close contact with those who are ill and stay home if you are sick.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, not your hands.
    • Get plenty of sleep, drink lots of fluids and eat nutritious foods, stay physically active and manage your stress.

 If you get sick with the flu

Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms are usually more severe and can come on suddenly. Call your health care provider if your flu symptoms are very serious or if you have chronic health conditions. Common flu symptoms include:

  • fever (usually high)
  • headache, muscle aches, chills
  • runny or stuffy nose, sore throat , dry cough
  • extreme tiredness
  • vomiting and sometimes diarrhea (more often in children)

For a full listing of RAVNAH’s public flu clinics, visit www.ravnah.org or call RAVNAH’s flu hotline at 770-1574.

 

VNAHSR Recognition Dinner

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region celebrated its outstanding staff at a recent Employee Recognition Dinner recognizing all the employees from Rutland, Bennington and Dorset offices. Another successful year of caring for those who count on us in our communities.

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Dancing With The Rutland Stars 2016

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Last night we had another fantastic meet and greet where the cast for the 2016 Dancing with the Rutland Stars got to meet each other, judges, as well as the committee. It’s going to be another start-studded event, and one that should not be missed!!! Save the date for our 6th Annual Dancing with the Rutland Stars on Saturday, October 8th! Keep your eyes peeled: CAST ANNOUNCEMENT coming SOON! A big thank you to this year’s cast and committee who are volunteering their time and talents all in support of RAVNAH’s Kids On The Move and Pediatric High Tech services!

Kate Lawrence – VNAHSR Employee of the Year

Rounding out VNA week was the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) annual employee dinner. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, on being selected by agency staff as Employee of the Year! Kate has been involved with RAVEmployeed YrNAH services for nearly 20 years, and has been an employee of the agency for three. Currently VNAHSR is the only home health agency with a certified wound ostomy and continence care nurse serving Rutland and Bennington Counties. Congratulations, Kate!

Road Race coming up quick!

Nice ad in today’s Rutland Herald to promote VSMC’s 24th Annual 5k Run/Walk fundraiser! Proceeds benefit RAVNAH’s Kids on the Move and Pedi Hi-Tech Programs, and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports! Thank you again to all of our sponsors. If you haven’t preregistered please visitwww.vermontsportsmedicinecenter.com! Walk ins are always welcome!!

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5k Just a Few Weeks Away

That’s right! VSMC’s annual 5k walk/run is just a few short weeks away. Register now for fun and to help support these two great programs.

For more information visit http://www.vermontsportsmedicinecenter.com/

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