Keep the flu away
Fall is the right time to get a flu shot
Early flu shot recommended
We’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed some of the best summer weather on record. But these beautiful, warm days are fading 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, through Oct. 25. 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. RAVNAH is also working with the Vermont Department of Health to provide adults the tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough/pertussis (Tdap) vaccine at no cost.
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: n Anyone 6 months of age and older.
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Experts say prevention, including a flu shot, is best at fighting the flu
Vermonters with chronic conditions particularly vulnerable It’s not too early to get a flu shot, and vaccine is now widely available around the state in health care provider offices, pharmacies and public clinics. Go to www.healthvermont.gov to find a flu vaccine clinic. The Vermont Department of Health recommends that nearly everyone age 6 months and older protect themselves against the highly contagious influenza virus – especially people who have chronic conditions such as asthma that put them at risk of serious consequences. Forty-two percent of adult Vermonters had a chronic condition in 2010, and only half of them received an annual flu vaccine. Nearly half (48 percent) of adult Vermonters with a chronic condition did not receive their recommended flu vaccine in 2010. “Infection with influenza can have serious consequences for anyone with the virus, but especially those with chronic disease,” said Chris Finley, immunization program chief for the Health Department. “Because flu is unpredictable and we never know when it will arrive each season – and how severe it will be – a flu shot is the best protection.” Vermont’s asthma prevalence in 2010 was one of the highest in the nation. One in 10 Vermont children had asthma, and approximately 11 percent of the adult population. Of those Vermonters with asthma in 2010, 46 percent adults and 27 percent of children did not get their annual flu shot in 2010, according to survey data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. “Immunization helps protect everyone who is close to you and prevents exposure to the virus, for example grandparents who are immunized
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Chiropractic treatments can help relieve pain Anyone who has ever suffered back pain, whether that pain is mild, moderate or severe, understands just how unpleasant it can be. Back pain can make life extremely difficult, affecting everything a person does, including performance at work, time spent with the kids or even sleeping at night. For those with back pain, chiropractic care might be the best way to relieve that pain. A nonsurgical treatment of the disorders of the nervous system and/or musculoskeletal system, chiropractic medicine focuses on spinal manipulation and the treatment of the structures surrounding the spine. Understanding chiropractic care can
help men and women dealing with pain better determine if it’s for them.
What conditions do chiropractors treat? A chiropractor can treat a number of conditions, but most treatments focus on a handful of common and often painful conditions. Those conditions include: n joint pain in the arms and legs n mid- and lower back pain n neck pain n headaches
What do chiropractic treatments entail? Many people with lower back pain
find such pain so unbearable that they seek the help of a chiropractor. Despite that, many more people remain wary of visiting a chiropractor for myriad reasons. But chiropractors can effectively treat pain in a number of ways. A chiropractic treatment is commonly referred to as a spinal manipulation. During a treatment, the chiropractor will move a joint beyond its usual range of motion. The joint might be moved through twisting, pulling or pushing, but it won’t be moved beyond the range of motion it’s designed to move. Those being treated for the first time should expect to hear some popping or cracking during the treatment. The goal of a spinal manip-
ulation is to improve functionality while reducing nerve irritability and restoring range of motion in the back. In addition to spinal manipulation, a chiropractor might try other types of treatments, including: n ultrasound n the application of heat or ice n certain strength and conditioning exercises n relaxation therapy
Are there side effects to chiropractic treatments? Perhaps the reason some people are
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Did you know that n The flu is the sixth leading cause of death in the US, killing 49,000 Americans annually? n The flu kills as many or more people than breast cancer and three times as many as HIV/AIDS? n The flu results in an average of 200,000 otherwise unnecessary hospitalizations annually? n Fewer than 50 percent of healthcare workers receive flu shots annually? n The flu vaccine has been shown to be most effective in younger, healthier individuals. People at highest risk for the flu including the elderly and the immune-compromised are least likely to develop an adequate response to the vaccine. According to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, healthy working adults who receive the flu vaccine have: n 25 percent fewer respiratory infections n 44 percent fewer doctor visits n 42 percent fewer sick days off n 57 percent reduction in pneumonia related hospitalizations The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all healthcare workers be vaccinated against the flu.
People who hate needles may find a flu mist in the nasal passage is easier to cope with than the regular flu shot.
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influenza and chronic diseases visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/ high_risk.htm. Visit the Health Department’s website at healthvermont.gov, follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook for health information and alerts.
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Shot Continued from front page n People with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease or asthma. n People with weakened immune systems. n People who live with, or provide care for, children and adults. n Women who will be pregnant during the flu season.
Who should get a pneumonia vaccine? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend pneumonia vaccinations for: n All adults 65 years of age and older n Anyone 2 through 64 years of age with chronic illness n Anyone 19 through 64 years of age who is a smoker or has asthma n 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: n Wash your hands well and often throughout the day or use sanitizing hand rub. n Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose. n Avoid close contact with those who are ill and stay home if you are sick. n Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, not your hands. n 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: n fever (usually high) n headache, muscle aches, chills n runny or stuffy nose, sore throat , dry cough n extreme tiredness n 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.
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Therapy close to home A trusted, local resource for physical therapy serving the Granville and Fair Haven communities for over 20 years Donna P. Johnson Physical Therapy, P.C., has two office locations, one in Granville, N.Y., and one in Fair Haven. Both offices provide licensed, professional and skilled physical therapy in a private, physical therapist-owned practice. For over 20 years we have been a local, trusted resource for nonsurgical and postsurgical rehabilitation, as well as for the rehabilitation of workers’ compensation injuries. This is our 22st year in Granville and our 11th year in Fair Haven. We want to express gratitude to all of our patients and the communities around us for making us the “go to” clinic for physical therapy services. The quality of the care we provide to our patients is highlighted whenever a patient asks for us specifically when their doctor refers them for physical therapy. Our entire staff is committed to staying current with the latest concepts, treatment techniques and tools in their field via continuing education courses and seminars. Our clinical staff includes four physical therapists. We offer experience and competence in the following areas: general orthopedics, over-use injuries, sports related injuries, work conditioning, spinal care, neurological conditions, pediatric conditions and lymphatic drainage. Physical therapist Donna Brown states, “Physical therapy addresses a broad range of conditions. If you, or a family member, are not sure if physical therapy is appropriate, feel free to
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Oct. is physical therapy month October is “National Physical Therapy” month and the perfect time to test your physical therapy IQ. Most people have heard about physical therapy, know someone who has received therapy, or have even seen a PT themselves. But many people may not know that: Physical therapy is a covered benefit under Medicare, workers compensation and most commercial insurance plans. Physical therapists are highly trained clinicians and over 75 percent have a doctor of physical therapy degree. Physical therapists can help in the management of diabetes. Physical therapy can trace its roots back to Hippocrates, father of western medicine, who advocated “hands on” treatment including massage, manual therapy and hydrotherapy for the ancient Greeks. “Most people only think about physical therapy for help with orthopedic issues such as a bad knee or shoulder or in relation to sports injuries. But physical therapy is much more than that -- it is a key component in the treatment of the full range of neuromuscular diseases and conditions,” said Matthew R. Hyland, PT, DPT, and president of the New York Physical Therapy Association. “Physical therapy can help
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A chiropractor can help treat a host of ailments, including joint pain in the arms and legs and midand lower back pain.
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hesitant to visit a chiropractor is the fear that, should something go awry, the back could be irreparably damaged. Those fears were common during the early years of chiropractic treatments, but now many medical doctors will work in tandem with a chiropractor to ensure patients are getting the correct and most effective treatments. That said, there are some potential side effects to chiropractic treatments. Once the spine has been adjusted, some people might feel minor pain or discomfort, and headaches and
fatigue are possible as well. However, such side effects typically subside within a day of receiving treatment. In some instances, a herniated disc might result after an adjustment is used to treat neck or back pain. Should that occur, a patient will likely experience pain, weakness and numbness in the buttocks and down the legs. Bladder and bowel control might be affected as well. However, such instances are rare.
Will an adjustment be painful? Despite the cracking and popping sounds it causes, a spinal adjustment is typically not painful. Of course, men and
Care, kindness are event themes There will be a Care and Kindness Conference held at the Federated Church of Castleton on the weekend of Oct. 19-20. The keynote speaker will be James Kok. He is the author of six books and the minister of the care and kindness ministries at the Crystal Cathedral in California. The conference will be taking place Friday, Oct. 19th and 20 and will include a visit from Trillium, the RAVNAH Hospice Chorus on Friday evening. The conference is free.
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women who visit a chiropractor are often experiencing significant pain already, and the movement necessary during the treatment might prove painful. However, chiropractors can take steps to make the treatment easier on the patient if he or she is struggling with severe back pain. For instance, a chiropractor might use a drop table during treatment. Parts of the drop table will drop slightly when the chiropractor presses down on the patient’s back. This makes the adjustments more gentle. Another tool used to make adjustments more comfortable is a hand-held tool called an activator. Many patients, however, do not need either option.
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