Did you know in the United States, influenza is responsible for about 36,000 deaths annually, while pneumonia is responsible for about 40,000 deaths? If you are over the age of 50 you are encouraged to be immunized to prevent the flu, pneumonia and hepatitis B, along with measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus and diphtheria.
A vaccine contains a killed microorganism, usually a virus, which helps the body protect itself against infection. During the two weeks after you receive your vaccination, your body produces antibodies for that virus. Antibodies are designed to attack a specific virus.
If you happen to become infected with the live virus, the antibodies will immediately begin attacking it and either you won’t get sick, or your symptoms will be very mild. Because it takes time to produce antibodies, you remain unprotected from the virus for the first two weeks after the vaccination.
Since the influenza virus can mutate and change, a yearly shot is needed so your body has the right antibodies for the new strain of the virus during each flu season. The following are recommended immunizations for adults over the age of 50:
Vaccine: Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
• One dose after age 65 for all adults.
• One dose before age 65 if you are at a high risk (have a chronic disease or weakened immune system).
Vaccine: Influenza (Flu)-One dose yearly for all adults after age 50.
• One dose yearly at any age if you:
• Live in a long-term care facility
• Have long-term health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, blood disorders, or kidney disease
• Have lowered immune function
• Have a contact with patients in a healthcare capacity.
Vaccine: Tetanus and Diphtheria (TD)
• One dose every 10 years for people of all ages.
• Especially important for adults over 65.
Vaccine: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
• One dose in a lifetime.
• If you have never had the MMR vaccination or are unsure if you have had it, discuss your risk with your doctor.
Vaccine: Herpes Zoster (Shingles) or Varicella (Chickenpox)
• One dose of Herpes Zoster after age 60.
• Two doses of Varicella (four to eight weeks apart) after age 50 if you have not had chickenpox or shingles, if you are a healthcare worker, or if you live in an institutional setting.
If you haven’t gotten your flu shot and want to do so, I encourage you to call the Medical Center at 341-2153. You can get your shot on Wednesdays without having to pay for a doctor visit.
The Center will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
We have recently been asked to have Elder Care Attorney, Susan Wiseman-Schaible, along with her assistant, Amanda Filizetti back as guest speakers. They will be returning on Thursday, March 14. Susan and Amanda will be speaking at 11 a.m., joining the Noon Meal participants, then scheduling free 20 minute one-on-one appointments. If you are interested, please call the Center at 341-5923 for an appointment.
Looking for something to do this winter? Terri McKeage has contacted the Center to offer art classes. Possible classes are: acrylic painting, water color, color pencil and charcoal. If enough interest is shown she will also offer clay projects (such as pots and vases) and paper mache lessons.
Terri is looking to have two hour classes at the cost of $80, which would be split between those attending. Example: eight attendees, each attendee would pay $10. I think it’s very reasonable. Now all we have to do is fill the classes. If you think you might be interested, give the Center a call at 341-5923 and get on the list. Also, let us know which classes are of interest to you. We will then get back to you on when they will begin. What better way to spend the day!
We are also open to other suggestions. Feel free to drop by my office or give me a call at 341- 5923.
What a nice donation! Ed Renton and his wife Eileen dropped by the Center and donated two very nice pictures that Ed had taken. One of the Gulliver Lighthouse and one of an eagle. Thanks for thinking of us!
Mike Janowski gave a donation of cassette movies and Velda Wheatley dropped by with puzzles.
Monetary donations have been received in memory of:
• Catherine Sein from Don and Pat Mickelson and family
• Elsie England from Betty De- Sautel
BRIDGE Jan. 11: 1st-Joyce LaTulip, 2nd-Patsy Calhoun, 3rd-Hanna Mammen, 4th-Betty Stewart, 5th-Lois Bellville, CFCGeorge Lowman. Hostess, Joyce LaTulip served homemade peanut butter and frosted oatmeal cookies.
PINOCHLE Jan. 9: 1st-Chris Keener, 2nd-Carl Sundling, 3rd- Char Kendall, Should’a Stayed Home-Sheila Haskins
500 Jan. 11: 1st-Sheila Haskins, 2nd-Carl Sundling, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, Should’a Stayed Home- Ruth Jones.
Birthdays this week: Jan. 18- Pete Olson, Zella Barcome and Betty Danko, Jan. 19-Paul LaFord, Ed Borowski and Elmer Martin, Jan. 20-Estella Oberg, Dorothy Love and Donna Woodruff, Jan. 21-Jean Flodin and Cathy Wise, Jan. 22-Mike Klarich and on Jan. 24-Gerald Trick. Happy birthday wishes to all!!