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Q. Is the flu shot safe? Will it make you sick? A. Yes, the flu shot is safe. No, it will not make you sick or give you the flu. Like any medication, however, there is the possibility that some people may experience side effects. Swelling at the injection site is one, while the most common side effects are mild flu-like symptoms: muscle aches and soreness, a low-grade fever. The likelihood of having any severe symptoms from a flu shot are slim, and it is worth repeating – the flu shot will not give

BY BRYNN MCKEON, PA-C CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL GROUP Brynn McKeon, PA-C Ms. McKeon is a Sullivan County native who studied at Elmira College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Psychology in 2014. She received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marywood University in 2016. She was licensed by the New York State Education Department to practice as a Physician Assistant in 2016 and obtained certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

you the flu. Anyone who gets the flu after receiving a flu shot has most likely been exposed to the flu prior to getting the vaccination – an unfortunate coincidence, but usually not caused by the vaccination itself. Q. Why is it important to get the flu shot? Who needs it most? A. It is preferable that everyone receives a flu shot. Not only does it protect you from getting the flu, but complications from the flu also, like pneumonia and hospitalization. Being vaccinated yourself also means you avoid being a carrier and spreading the illness to those who cannot be vaccinated, such as infants or individuals who are allergic to the flu shot. In short, when you take this measure to stay healthy yourself, you are also contributing to overall community health. Flu shots are very important for people with respiratory diseases like asthma, and chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and others. Other atrisk groups recommended for flu shots include people 65 and older, pregnant women and children. These are some of the people most likely to experience side effects from the flu. There has been a late start to flu season this year, but we can say with confidence that you can count on flu season ramping up as November approaches and continuing until May. Ask your primary care doctor or pharmacist about this year’s flu shot. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, the physicians of Catskill Regional Medical Group are here to help. We have five locations throughout Sullivan County: Monticello, Harris,



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About Catskill Regional Medical Group Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. The Greater Hudson Valley Health System has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2018 & 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies™. CRMG is a growing Urgent Care, Primary Care and multi-specialty, Hospital-supported medical practice. With Board-certified Physicians, Boardcertified Family Nurse Practitioners and Boardcertified Advanced Practice Professionals, our staff provides outpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond. Walk-ins are welcome and same-day appointments are available at offices in Monticello, Callicoon, Livingston Manor, Bethel and Harris. For more information including office hours, visit

Flu clinics slated Sullivan County Public Health will offer flu clinics during the month of November. Flu clinics will be held at the following locations: • November 16 from 10 a.m. - noon - Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church, 1090 Route 17B, Mongaup Valley; • November 20 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - United Church of Roscoe, 2 Church St., Roscoe. Flu shots are free for everyone 6 months and older but if you have health insurance, please bring your Insurance card. Administrative fees based on sliding scale may apply. For additional information, call Sullivan County Public Health at 2925910.

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About Sullivan County Public Health Certified Home Care Agency Home care includes a range of medical, social, assistive and other services provided in an individual’s home when a person needs follow up care after a hospital visit or requires long-term care. These comprehensive services are provided by nurses, therapists, home health aides and other direct care staff under the direction of a physician’s order. The focus of these patient centered services includes prevention, recuperation, and/or an alternative to higher cost institutional care that would otherwise be provided in a hospital or Publisher: Co- Editors: Editorial Assistants: Design: Advertising Director: Assistant Advertising Director: Special Sections Coordinator: Advertising Coordinator: Business Manager: Assistant Business Manager: Telemarketing Coordinator: Monticello Office Manager: Classified Manager: Production Associates: Circulation & Distribution:

nursing facility. Generally, home care services are appropriate whenever a person prefers to stay at home, or is homebound, but needs ongoing care. Patients receiving home care include: newborns and mothers eligible for maternal infant care services; young children and adults in need of at home therapy or advanced technology based care and support; elderly patients who benefit from the services of a skilled nurse to help treat chronic medical conditions; patients receiving wound care following surgery; or individuals with disabilities who may be homebound and require assistive services to meet activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, and other forms of self care. The Sullivan County Public Health Certified Home Care Agency has over 46 years of experience serving the needs of Sullivan County residents.

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How NOT to get sick



is the season for the holidays and family gatherings. Some say ‘tis the season to be merry. But it is also the season where colds are most prevalent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year, on average, adults can have up to two to three colds, and children can have even more than that. While there is no cure for the common cold, the most important thing you can do is to get a lot of rest and drink plenty of fluids, according to the CDC. Usually, a person will start to have a sore throat, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches, and body aches, which are clear indicators that you are getting sick. How can you prevent becoming sick? The common cold is spread from infected people to others through the

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air and close personal contact, according to the CDC. Moreover, the CDC says you can be infected through the contact of stool and respiratory secretions from a person who has a cold and can be passed on when that person who has a cold shakes hands, or touches a surface like a doorknob. An uninfected person touches those surfaces, then touches their own eyes, mouth, or nose. Adults and children should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you do not have access to soap and water at times, you can use an alcoholbased sanitizer. The cold virus can live on your hands, so regularly washing them can prevent you from getting sick or you infecting someone else, according to the CDC. You should also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. The cold virus can enter through those portals of the


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body and can make you sick. If someone you know is sick, it will be a good idea to stay away for the time being, according to the CDC. If you do get sick, it is recommended that you stay home and rest. It is also recommended that children stay home from school and daycare. You should also avoid contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands, so as not to infect other people. When you cough or sneeze into a tissue, you should throw it away. If you cough, try to couth into your upper shirt sleeve, completely covering your mouth. While sick, you should frequently wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. As there is no cure for the common cold, taking cold medicines only relieves your symptoms and does make the cold go away faster, according to the CDC. Most people recover from cold within seven to 10 days. You should always read the labels of any medication you taking and use



them as directed. Before you give your child cold medicine, it is an excellent rule to talk to your doctor first since not all medications are not recommended for children, according to the CDC. If you have high blood pressure, some medications can raise your blood pressure. Seek out medicines that are safe for those with heart conditions. Individuals who are over 65, and women who are pregnant women and certain individuals with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are more vulnerable to becoming ill. If your cold lasts more then 10 days, you should contact your doctor. If your symptoms worsen and include fever or feeling feverish, coughing, and sore throat, you might have the flu. The CDC recommends that you have a yearly flu vaccine as the first and best way to prevent the flu. If you get the flu, you should see your doctor as antiviral drugs may be the best treatment option for you.


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Liquids Staying hydrated is very important when you’re sick. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which can make dehydration worse.

While the science is out on whether sickness occurs more frequently in the colder months, it does seem that the “common cold” is more common during the winter. A cold is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. Symptoms may include cough, sore throat, low-grade fever, nasal congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Most people can recover within one to two weeks. While there is no cure, over-the-counter products and home remedies can help control symptoms and lessen the time you are sick. Here are some ideas that you can incorporate at home to stay healthy this winter:

Warm liquids A cold remedy used in many cultures, taking in warm liquids, such as chicken soup, tea, or warm apple juice, might be soothing and might ease congestion by increasing mucus flow.

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can ease sore throat pain. Research suggests that honey is an effective cough suppressant, too.

Ginger Ginger contains medicinal properties and is loaded with nutrients. It has a long history of use in alter-

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Benefits of TaeKwonDo on display at Resorts World BY JOSEPH ABRAHAM


artial artists from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, New York City and upstate, made the trip to Resorts World Catskills on Saturday for the inaugural Catskills Taekwondo Championships, an event spearheaded by Young’s TaeKwonDo in Liberty. It was the first event of its kind to be held in Sullivan County. Several county kids were present as members of Team Young, which is separate from the school in Liberty. Team Young is a nationally competitive and nationally recognized TaeKwonDo martial arts team. They’re led by head instructor, Master William D. Young, Jr., a 5th Dan Black Belt and former national champion himself. Their athletes train in Chang Hon Forms and WTF-style Olympic Sparring and compete locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. TaeKwonDo is not only great exercise for children and adults. It also

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pring Ahead, Fall Back… A handy mnemonic device for how we adjust our clocks twice a year. I’ve had friends debate that we’re not “gaining” or “losing” an hour –– and let’s not even talk about my cousin, who asked me one year how my animals were adjusting to the time change! Regardless, at this time of year, between the changes of the clock and the tilt of the Earth in relation to the sun, there are less hours of daylight. Besides having to the “get used to it” feeling like Midnight at 6:30 p.m., there are those who are deeply affected (pun intended) by fewer daylight hours. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of Depression that recurs seasonally, with symptoms coming on in the late Fall/early Winter and persist-

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to changes in mood, energy and sleep patterns. Shorter days and reduced sunlight in Winter can trigger biochemical changes in the brain; lowering serotonin levels which leads to Depression and increasing the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a chemical that regulates sleep patterns and is produced in larger amounts in darkness. As daylight hours get shorter, higher levels of melatonin can cause lethargy and sleepiness. SAD typically affects more women than men, usually between the ages of 18-30 with fewer incidences and symptoms as they age. People who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder or Bipolar Disorder can have their symptoms exacerbated in Winter. If you believe you may have SAD, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try to â&#x20AC;&#x153;plow through itâ&#x20AC;? on your own. SAD is a real illness, like any other â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; seek advice from a medical professional. In addition to anti-



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NOVEMBER 15, 2019

National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Specialized Care at Middletown Medical


ancreatic cancer accounts for approximately seven percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, there are no established early detection methods for detecting pancreatic cancer. However, an experienced gastroenterologist can serve as a crucial ally for maintaining digestive health; including diagnosing symptoms and recognizing risk factors for pancreatic cancer. In recognition of National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Middletown Medical’s Dr. Brijesh Patel, a board-certified gastroenterologist specializing in the treatment of pancreas and biliary diseases, shares some insight on gastroenterology and pancreatic cancer. What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is a disease in

which cancerous cells form in the tissues of the pancreas. Early symptoms tend to be rare and minor, which is why maintaining digestive health checkups is imperative. Later stages may include lack of appetite, weight loss, pain in the abdomen or middle back, nausea, fatigue, dark urine, or yellow skin and eyes. “It is important to recognize warning signs,” says Dr. Patel. “I urge patients to make health a priority, and to always schedule an appointment with an experienced gastroenterologist for any concerns they may have in terms of their digestive health and wellbeing.” What is a gastroenterologist? A gastroenterologist is a physician who specializes in diseases of the digestive system, also called the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. To become a gastroenterologist, a doctor must complete extensive training in the

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diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and more. “I am able to help patients with a range of symptoms and issues, including stomach pain, heartburn, inflammation, and others,” says Dr. Patel. What conditions can a gastroenterologist help me with? Gastroenterologists specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, management, and treatment of a number of digestive conditions. “At Middletown Medical, I treat patients for a wide range of conditions, with the goal of providing recommendations to help prevent disease and maintain overall good health,” says Dr. Patel. “Conditions I treat include colon or rectal bleeding, polyps, cancer, bariatric surgery complications, diseases of the esophagus, gallbladder disease, stomach diseases, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and pancreatic diseases.” What procedures are available through a gastroenterologist? At Middletown Medical, a number of specialized nonsurgical procedures are available to patients, offering Catskill and Hudson Valley residents the convenience of receiving care close to home, versus traveling to a large city. “In addition to being a board-certified gastroenterologist, I also special-

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duty in Vietnam and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska and a Masters’ in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Rechner retired—for the first time! He then joined Honesdale National Bank, where he served as a Vice President and Trust Officer for 10 years—and retired again. Then Rechner decided that the practice of law was his real life’s avocation. In 1994, at the age of 51, he started law school at Temple University. He graduated cum laude in June 1997. Rechner Law welcomed Hugh’s daughter Christine Rechner as a partner in 2003. Rechner is no stranger to the services of Wayne Memorial Health System. He served as a director and Chairman of the Board of Wayne Woodlands Manor, the System’s long-term care home in Waymart where his mother also resided for many years. For the past five years, Rechner has been First Vice Chair of Wayne Memorial Hospital/Health System.

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Sullivan 180 welcomes record crowd for its “Take Charge Of Your Health” bimonthly health education series featuring Dr. Wendy Suzuki



Despite the inclement weather, over 200 people attended the lecture in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods Center for Arts, followed by a reception and book signing.

Suzuki stayed to sign copies of her book. Sullivan 180 will continue to hold the bimonthly Take Charge of Your Health education series in 2020. All programs are free, open to the public and focus on a topic of general interest to the community such as healthy eating, sleep, and stress management. The series features locally and nationally recognized experts who offer practical ways we can all adopt healthier lifestyles. Video recordings of past events are available on the Sullivan 180 website. For more information about Sullivan 180’s programs and initiatives or for volunteer opportunities, please call (845)295-2680 or visit our website at

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