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

Returning Negros OFWs urged to follow protocols

first_img“They arrived at 3:30 a.m. on very short notice, and there was no hotel available,” he said. “Ask the assistance of the police if necessary to compel cooperation given that some of them came from high risk countries,” Año said during a teleconference of Western Visayas officials. Año instructed Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson to call the police if OFWs refuse to comply with protocols. Lacson, for his part, said he hopes the situation would not reach to that point. He said they will be transferred to a hotel within the day. Negros Occidental has enough rooms to accommodate the influx of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs),” Lacson assured. BACOLOD City – Repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning in Negros Occidental should cooperate with local authorities, Interior secretary Eduardo Año said.center_img Lacson said that of the 93 OFWs who arrived in the province Friday, only seven boarded the bus to be brought to E.B. Magalona, while the others remained at the airport. On Friday, another batch of newly-arrived OFWs refused to be brought to the Provincial Healing Center in E.B. Magalona. . “Maybe the first batch told them it’s okay to sleep in the airport and it’s comfortable,” he said. “Initially the flight was cancelled last night, but then it was pushed through.” BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA “I also would like to stress that it is not a question of opening a hotel for these OFWs. We have to make sure that health personnel and security are in place. One nurse is not enough. We should have enough personnel to handle this,” he said./PNlast_img read more

Levy leads in Shanghai

first_img “I think this country likes me,” joked the 24-year-old. “For me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen. “I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.” Levy is a close friend of both Wattel – whose flawless 66 was achieved despite cracking the face of his driver during the round – and Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson, who returned a two-under-par 70 and is helping inspire the new generation of French players. “No French player has won a major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation,” Levy added. “Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018. “For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018. “We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on the European Tour.” Graeme McDowell, who won the French Open at Le Golf National earlier this season, was two shots behind Levy after shaking off jet-lag to card a 67 in the first event of the Tour’s Final Series. “I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days,” said McDowell, who was knocked out in the group stage in the defence of his Volvo World Match Play Championship a fortnight ago. Press Association “It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good. “The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins. “I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.” McDowell’s Ryder Cup team-mates Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson were among a six-strong group on four under par which also featured England’s Oliver Wilson, who won his first European Tour event – the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – on his 228th appearance at the start of October. Wilson started on the back nine and covered it in 32 before picking up another shot on the third, the 34-year-old dropping his only shot of the day on the ninth when his approach plugged in a greenside bunker. Justin Rose signed for a level-par 72 after recovering from being four over par after his first four holes, the world number six having run up a triple-bogey eight on the par-five 13th. But Ian Poulter struggled to a two-over-par 74 which contained five bogeys and three birdies and left the world number 43 joint 62nd in the 78-strong field. France’s Alexander Levy made the ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season – and second in China – in the BMW Masters on Thursday. Levy, who won the Volvo China Open in April and the rain-shortened Portugal Masters three weeks ago, carded a flawless opening 65 at a damp Lake Malaren to finish seven under par, one shot ahead of compatriot Romain Wattel, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo. Starting from the 10th, Levy birdied his first four holes and picked up another shot at the par-three 17th to reach the turn in 31, before recording further birdies at the second and ninth. last_img read more