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Nation’s Pharmacists Ready to Administer Seasonal Flu Vaccines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Michelle Fritts   
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 11:56

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is encouraging consumers to get immunized against influenza and to speak with their pharmacist about the options available at their local pharmacy. Pharmacists are authorized to give flu vaccinations in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and more than 150,000 U.S. pharmacists have been trained in the practice of immunization administration. The CDC estimates that approximately 20% of the seasonal flu vaccinations given to adults during the 2010-2011 season were administered by pharmacists.

“APhA encourages consumers to be proactive and talk to their pharmacist about their vaccination needs and the immunization process at the pharmacy,” said APhA CEO and Executive Vice President Thomas Menighan.  “A pharmacist goes through six years or more of school, depending on his/her area of specialization. In addition to their specialized training as medication experts, pharmacists can go through a formal training program to gain the skill set and knowledge to administer immunizations. This formal training helps ensure reliable and consistent immunization care for patients. “

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 5 to 20 percent of the US population is infected with influenza every year, and over the past 31 years, annual influenza related deaths have ranged from 3,000 to 49,000. Consistent with the recommendations by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), APhA recommends that all persons six months of age and older be vaccinated each year.

“The local pharmacy is a convenient and easily accessible place to get your flu shot,” stated Vincent Hartzell, Owner and Director of Patient Care Services, Hartzell's Pharmacy. “Your pharmacist is readily available to discuss vaccines and how they can help keep your family healthy. Many pharmacies have year-round walk-in hours and immunization clinics during the peak season. In most cases, a patient can get vaccinated in the time it takes to wait for their prescriptions.”

The flu vaccine administered in the local pharmacy is supplied by the same major manufacturers who supply the vaccines to doctors and other healthcare providers. The 2011-2012 vaccine is now available and health care providers should begin vaccinating patients as soon as they receive their supply. Consumers are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated early in the season, but immunizations can be received as long as vaccine supply is available. There are several methods of flu vaccination available, depending upon the patient’s age and health conditions.  Make sure to ask your pharmacist or other health care provider about which is right for you.

In many states, pharmacists are able to administer other important immunizations. Check with your local pharmacist to determine which vaccines they administer. Immunizations may include:

  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)
  • Meningococcal (Meningitis)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
  • Zoster (Shingles)

Consumers should hold a conversation with their pharmacist and their other healthcare providers about their vaccination needs. Pharmacists work in conjunction with doctors and other health care providers to optimize care, improve medication use and to prevent disease. APhA encourages consumers to fill all their prescriptions with one pharmacy to get to know their pharmacist on a first name basis, to carry an up-date medication and vaccination list and to share all medical information with each of their health care providers.

About the American Pharmacists Association
The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States.

This press release is part of a multi-media educational campaign by the American Pharmacists Association to generate awareness among consumers about pharmacist training in immunization administration, the importance of getting a flu shot every year and the convenience of getting a flu shot at the pharmacy.  The campaign is sponsored in part by Novartis Vaccines.

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TOPS Offers Tips to Bust Common Workout Excuses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kimberly Greene   
Friday, 16 September 2011 08:20
MILWAUKEE, WI – Life is hectic.  Nothing seems to work.  Gym memberships are expensive.  There is an endless list of reasons to skip a workout or never begin exercising in the first place.  With excuses blurring the benefits, getting fit can be an even bigger challenge.  TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight loss support organization, provides tips to overcome justifications for avoiding physical activity.

“I’m too busy.”

Make working out a priority and it will become routine.  The best way to fit physical activity into your day is by setting a schedule and writing it on the calendar.  If you don’t have time for an hour of cardio or weight training, take steps to ensure you move during the week – take the stairs, park at the back of the parking lot, do an abdominal workout during commercials.  Ten-minute ‘mini’ exercises, such as a brisk walk during the lunch hour, are also useful.

“I feel self-conscious.”

Exercise at home with fitness DVDs and resistance cables.  Once you have gained confidence, go outside, join a gym, or take an exercise class.  If you want to beat the crowds at the fitness center, go mid-morning or late in the evening, when less people are around.

“I don’t like working out.”

Perhaps running or weight lifting is too monotonous for you.  Working out doesn’t have to be something that’s painful or boring.  Today’s workout world offers a variety of options to stay fit – yoga, hiking, swimming, dancing, Pilates, recreational sports, and more.  Grab a friend and participate in a workout that you enjoy.

“I don’t know how.”

Personal trainers help people tailor their exercises to their ability and the proper intensity level.  Whether you want to learn how to cycle indoors, dance, or play a sport, fitness classes with instructors can teach new movements and correct form.  The staff at most gyms should be well-versed in their facility’s equipment; don’t be afraid to ask for help.

“I can’t afford a gym membership.”

Although fitness centers have a lot to offer, gym fees can be expensive.  Perhaps your community’s local recreation department offers low-cost classes you can participate in.  Walking or running outdoors are free, effective activities.  You may even want to consider roller-blading.  Fancy equipment isn’t necessary to get in shape – it’s more important to stay active on a regular basis.

“I can’t get motivated.”

Make a list of reasons to workout – to get healthy, boost energy, look better in your clothes, etc.  Post the list in a place you look at everyday to remind yourself of your workout ambitions.  Friends are also a great place to seek motivation.  At TOPS, weekly chapter meetings give members the opportunity to cheer for and encourage one another in their weight-loss efforts.

“I don’t see any results.”

It’s important to understand that exercise may not produce immediate physical changes.  Remember your long-term goals and think about how working out makes you feel.  Writing down the little improvements you see on a daily basis can be helpful.

TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the original, nonprofit weight-loss support and wellness education organization, was established more than 63 years ago to champion weight-loss support and success.  Founded and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, TOPS promotes successful, affordable weight management with a philosophy that combines healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness information, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings. TOPS has about 170,000 members in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677.

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Quad Cities Eating Disorders Consortium Brings in Author Harriet Brown to Speak On Body Image on October 19th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie Burrough   
Thursday, 15 September 2011 07:48
Body Image Blues:Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Disordered Eating Among Teens and Young Adults

Wednesday, October 19th, 5-7pm

Rogalski Center, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA

Sponsored by the Amy Helpenstell Foundation, St. Ambrose Counseling Center, St. Ambrose Women's Studies Department, and Active Minds

The Quad Cities Eating Disorders Consortium is hosting author Harriet Brown at the Rogalski Center to speak on Body Image, Disordered Eating, and Eating Disorders on October 19th from 5-7pm, sponsored by the St. Ambrose Counseling Center, Active Minds team, and St. Ambrose Women's Studies department.

Harriet Brown is an eclectic and curiosity-driven writer and speaker whose work on subjects ranging from fat acceptance to forgiveness appears in the New York Times Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Health, Glamour, Vogue, and many other publications. Her radio essays can be heard on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "To the Best of Our Knowledge." A frequent contributor to the Tuesday New York Times science section, she specializes in speaking about issues that affect the lives of women and children. Her latest book, Brave Girl Eating: A Family's Struggle with Anorexia (William Morrow), recounts her family's efforts to help their oldest daughter recover from anorexia nervosa while .

Brown is also an assistant professor of magazine journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse, New York, where she created Project BodyTalk, an audio project that collects commentaries about people's relationship to food, eating and their bodies.  This project will be one of the focuses for her talk on October 19th.

Brown is the editor of two anthologies (Feed Me! and Mr. Wrong) and several other nonfiction books, including The Good-Bye Window: A Year in the Life of a Day-Care Center.  She co-chairs Maudsley Parents, a website of resources for families struggling with eating disorders, and is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders.

More information on Harriet and her work can be found at www.harrietbrown.com and www.projectbodytalk.com, and more information about local resources for Eating Disorders can be found at www.qceatingdisorders.com.

 
U.S. News Ranks Genesis Medical Center, Davenport "High Performing" In 5 Specialties PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 09:22
22nd annual rankings recognize hospitals in 94 metro areas and 16 specialties

Washington D.C. – Sept. 2, 2011 – Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has been ranked as "high performing" in five medical specialties in U.S. News Media & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, are also featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which is now on sale.

The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty and/or ranked among the best hospitals in its metro area.

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport was recognized as "high performing" in gastroenterology, gynecology, geriatrics, nephrology and orthopedics.

"Recognition from U.S. News in its annual report is highly sought by hospitals and health systems across the country,'' said Doug Cropper, President and CEO, Genesis Health System. "The recognition by an independent and credible source is affirmation that our system-wide focus on quality of care, patient safety and excellent patient outcomes is on the right track.

"The important message from recognition like this to our patients is that they can expect a high level of care and outstanding outcomes at Genesis."

The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. “These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.”

Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S., the regional hospital rankings complement the national rankings by including hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. The regional rankings are aimed primarily at consumers whose care may not demand the special expertise found only at a nationally ranked Best Hospital or who may not be willing or able to travel long distances for medical care. The U.S. News metro rankings give many such patients and their families more options of hospitals within their community and in their health insurance network.

“These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” Comarow said. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.”

Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties—death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in.

The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

 

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Scott County Public Flu Clinics PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 11:03

DATE DAY/TIME PLACE

09-24-11 Sat. 8am - 12pm CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA

10-05-11 Wed. 9am - 12pm American Legion Hall, Bluegrass, IA

10-06-11 Thur. 8am - 1pm CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA

10-19-11 Wed. 3pm - 6pm Bettendorf Presbyterian Church, 1200 Middle Rd., Bettendorf , IA

10/24/11 Mon. 11am - 1pm Heritage Woods of Moline, 5500 46th Ave. Dr. Moline, Il

10-27-11 Thur. 8am - 12 CASI 1035 W. Kimberly Rd., Davenport IA

Those receiving a flu shot should wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably short sleeves. Medicare recipients must bring their Medicare card/Medicare HMO card to the clinic. For those without Medicare the flu vaccine cost is $35 with a $5 discount at the door if you pay by cash or check at that time. No Credit Cards accepted. Pneumonia vaccine is $40.

 

 
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