BLOG: Looking Back at the Health Department’s Successful Flu Vaccine Campaign

first_imgBLOG: Looking Back at the Health Department’s Successful Flu Vaccine Campaign SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Dr. Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: January 28, 2016 Human Services,  The Blog Last fall, the Pennsylvania Department of Health launched our “Stopping the Flu Starts with You” campaign, aimed at increasing awareness about flu prevention and providing access to free and reduced costs vaccines. During the campaign, we held 140 clinics at our health centers across the state. Remarkably, almost 1,000 PA residents received flu vaccines at these clinics.In a combined effort among myself, Pennsylvania’s Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion Dr. Loren Robinson, my department also made numerous public appearances and reached out to Pennsylvanians statewide via our social media in order to further spread valuable information about preventing the flu.We have worked hard to educate people about easy ways to prevent the flu. It is my hope that greater awareness will mean fewer cases of flu in the commonwealth this season.As a culmination of the “Stopping the Flu Starts with You” campaign, we hosted clinics at the eight-day 100th PA Farm Show.Traditionally, visitors flock to the popular Pennsylvania Farm Show each year to enjoy world class milkshakes, pet farm animals and view the famed butter sculpture. But this year, more than 1,000 people also got free flu vaccines.The Department of Health’s daily flu clinics were a resounding success. In addition to protecting their health, and the health of others, by getting a flu vaccine, visitors to the department’s booth had the opportunity to learn a life-saving skill. The hands on, “hands free” CPR demonstration was conducted daily under the guidance of our Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.I want to remind all Pennsylvania residents that it is never too late to get your flu vaccine. Those who missed out on the Farm Show clinics and meet eligibility requirements still have the opportunity to sign up and get free or reduced cost flu vaccines at any of our state health centers while supplies last.Getting the flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting yourself and those around you from seasonal influenza. The Health Department recommends the flu vaccine for everyone over the age of 6 months. It is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions that place them at increased risk of complications from the flu.In addition to getting vaccinated, to best avoid receiving or spreading the flu, everyone should also:Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub.Keep your hands away from your face and don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.  This is one way germs spread.Disinfect frequently used surfaces – like doorknobs, light switches, TV remotes, etc.Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing – then throw the used tissue in the trash.Avoid contact with sick people. If YOU are sick, stay home for at least 24 hours until after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.More information is available at FLUFREEPA.COM or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).last_img read more

6 Syracuse stats to know before the fall seasons begins

first_imgSix Syracuse teams are in action as the fall semester opens — volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, football, cross country and field hockey. Highlighted by SU football’s home opener against No. 1 Clemson on September 14, these teams will compete over the next three months.Here is a statistic to know for each team heading into the 2019 season.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorThis is the number of assists that SU needs to replace after the graduation of setter Jalissa Trotter. Last year, the Texarkana, Texas native appeared in all 28 matches and was the backbone of a Polina Shemanova-led offense — more often than not, it was Trotter lightly pushing the ball onto the outside from a Shemanova kill.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Miami on Oct. 12, Trotter tallied a career-high 57 assists in a 3-1 win, a mere 2.3% of her 2,520 assists stretched across her four years with Syracuse. Now, the responsibility to lead the Orange’s attack will likely fall to senior Dana Valelly. At times last year, SU head coach Leonid Yelin chose Valelly over Trotter in matches, including an upset victory over then-No. 22 Louisville.“You’re not as timid and you kind of know the ways around the place and you know how the system works in the ACC,” Valelly said last season.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorThe Syracuse women’s soccer team scored just 11 goals last season in 18 games for an average of 0.61 goals per game. Struggling with both creating and finishing chances, the Orange managed just 7.4 shots on goal a game and finished the season shooting 8.2% to their opponents’ 16.6%.Junior Kate Hostage led the scoring with four goals in 15 games, and three others managed two goals. All four return this year with new head coach Nicky Adams looking to apply a more attacking philosophy. In SU’s first game against Colgate this season, it managed 17 shots, one shy of last year’s season high. Redshirt sophomore Laurel Ness, the lone goal scorer in the Orange’s season-opener, said the forwards are having more fun this year not being required to sit back and help the backline. Senior Sydney Brackett added that Adams has given the front three freedom to create.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorThe last time Syracuse won ten games in consecutive years was 1992, 27 years ago. The Orange have a chance to do it this year after defeating West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl last year. Yet, the Orange have to replace offensive skill players in starting quarterback Eric Dungey, wide receiver Jamal Custis and running back Dontae Strickland.SU is replacing them with redshirt sophomore quarterback Tommy DeVito, Oklahoma transfer running back Abdul Adams, and Michigan State transfer wide receiver Trishton Jackson. DeVito played in eight games last year, highlighted by a 181-yard and three touchdown performance in a victory over North Carolina.Syracuse only plays one team ranked in the preseason AP poll: No. 1 Clemson. SU opens its season on Aug. 31 at Liberty.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSince a national championship in 2015, the Syracuse men’s cross country team has added more than 175 points in the team’s final race each of the last three seasons. Three years after SU’s first place finish with 82 points, the Orange finished last season’s national championships in Madison, Wisconsin with 609 points and a 26th place finish.The regression started before the loss of SU’s star-studded class of 2017 squad — Justyn Knight, Colin Bennie and Philo Germano — but continued into the first year of head coach Brien Bell’s tenure.Leading Syracuse this season will be Aidan Tooker and Joe Dragon, who finished 90th and 123rd in NCAA’s, respectively. Without a clear No. 1 like Knight — who won an individual 10-kilometer national title in 2017 — for a second straight season, it’ll be difficult for Syracuse to compete for a title right away. But the Orange’s top-five runners from the NCAA Championships are expected to return for 2019. SU women’s cross country will look to return to the NCAA Championships after the Orange missed them last season.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSyracuse won just one of its six ACC games in 2018, the fewest the Orange have won since joining the conference. With the graduation of Roos Weers — SU’s top defender and leading goal scorer — the Orange enter 2019 needing their returners to step up offensively. For the first time since 2007, Syracuse failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament, just three years after it won the national championship.One game proved to be the difference between the Orange making the tournament and not, as Virginia, who beat the Orange 2-1 in overtime last season, claimed the final at-large spot in the NCAA tournament.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorThe Orange will have to replace their leading scorer, Tajon Buchanan, in 2019. Buchanan tallied eight goals and 47 shots with 20 total points in 2018. Buchanan is playing for the New England Revolution in the MLS now, and midfielder Ryan Raposo and forward Massimo Ferrin will need to improve their goal numbers to make up for the lost production. Defender Sondre Norheim also chipped in five goals from the back line last season. He’ll be a big target for the Orange again this season as the leading target on set pieces. 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Man United debutant Cameron Borthwick-Jackson praised by Van Gaal – ‘I had no fears about putting him in the team’

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has lifted the lid on why he decided to hand teenager Cameron Borthwick-Jackson his Premier League debut on Saturday.The 18-year-old defender came on in the closing stages of United’s 2-0 win over West Brom to become the eighth academy graduate to feature for the first team during Van Gaal’s reign.Van Gaal insists Borthwick-Jackson deserved his chance and revealed he had been tracking his progress in recent months.“I have seen him once or twice and I have been impressed by him,” Van Gaal told MUTV.“I talked with [Under-21s coach] Warren Joyce and asked what he had for me.“I’m always talking with him or [Under-18s coach] Paul McGuinness, and he [Joyce] said at the moment the left full-back is in good shape.“I put Cameron in the line-up without any fear, and I have to say he did very well.” Man United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 1last_img read more