Thursday, January 22, 2004
Flu shots available to all residents
Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) announces the availability of influenza vaccine for use in the general population, with 2,500 doses of vaccine currently available. Intense efforts to vaccinate individuals considered to be at high risk for influenza and its severe complications were successful. DPH will offer flu shots to all healthy residents starting this week. DPH previously restricted its free flu vaccination clinics to high-risk individuals. Delawareans are encouraged to take advantage of this vaccine availability to protect themselves before the flu season's typical mid-winter peak from January to March. There is still adequate time to be vaccinated and develop immunity. Flu vaccine can be provided to children as young as six months old. Although vaccine is being offered to the general population, all individuals who fall into one of the high-risk groups should be reminded to obtain vaccination if they have not already done so. There are few restrictions on receipt of vaccine. Individuals who are acutely ill with a fever should not be vaccinated until his or her symptoms have resolved. However, minor illnesses with or without fever do not prohibit the use of influenza vaccine, particularly among children with mild upper respiratory infections or sinus allergies. Any individuals with allergy to eggs and some other substances included in the vaccine should not receive a flu shot. Consult your physician to determine if your allergies prevent you from receiving the vaccination. All flu vaccinations are available by appointment from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the following area clinics:
  • Milford State Service Center, 11-13 N. Church Avenue, Milford, 422-1338.
  • Georgetown State Service Center, 546 S. Bedford St., Georgetown, 856-5213.
  • Anna C. Shipley State Service Center, 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford, 628-2006.

Safe Sitter classes offered
Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys aged 11 to 13 will be offered at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The two part course will be held from 8:30 a.m. till 3 p.m., on Feb. 16 and 21. The Safe Sitter program is a medically-accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $30. Participants are to bring a bag lunch. To register, call 629-6611 ext. 2540. All medical information will be taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Instructors also provide tips to make sitters more confident caregivers. They teach safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They give information on child development and suggest age-appropriate activities. Participants will also learn about the business aspects of babysitting. For more information about Safe Sitter, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2540.
Cholesterol screenings planned
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer cholesterol screenings on Feb. 13, 18 and 21, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Stevens Classroom of the hospital. Participants will have the opportunity to select from two types of blood tests. One option is a total cholesterol test, which is a non-fasting blood test that will read the total cholesterol level. The cost is $5. The second option is a lipid profile test, which requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL and LDL blood levels. Cost for the lipid profile is $15. In addition to the cholesterol screening, free blood pressure checks will be offered. Results from the cholesterol screening will be mailed approximately two weeks after the test is performed. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension 2404.

Training for caregivers set
A family caregiver training program, designed by the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter to help caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, will be held at Methodist Manor House, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford, on Friday, Jan. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 1-800-272-3900 or 302-854-9788. Lunch will be provided. Dr. Lin Noyes, attorney Michele Procino of Smith, O’Donnell, Procino and Berl, and Jamie Magee, Georgetown branch office coordinator for the Delaware Valley chapter, are among those who will participate. Topics to be discussed include a medical overview of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, communication and activities of daily living, legal and financial information and community resources.