A Healthy You / Medical Reference

It’s Never to Early to Get a Flu Shot (8/3)

posted Aug 3, 2017, 8:45 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 8:47 AM ]

Posted on August 3, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Local pharmacies and health departments are getting ready for the flu season. Flu shots will be available soon.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against influenza. The flu vaccine is said to reduce doctor’s visits and missed work and school. Those who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications, including the elderly, infants, pregnant women and those who suffer from certain health conditions, should get a flu shot early.

The CDC says the composition of the U.S. flu vaccine is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses.

If children have fast breathing or trouble breathing, bluish skin color, suffer from dehydration, can’t interact, or develop a fever with a rash, these are symptoms that require an emergency room visit.

If you suspect you have the flu, stay home from work or school, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue to prevent the spread of the virus, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.

Vouchers Available for Free Mammograms

posted Jul 26, 2017, 8:26 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Posted on July 26, 2017
Author Anita Goodan, WKVI 

Women in Starke or La Porte Counties who do not have the resources to pay for screening and diagnostic mammograms may apply for a voucher for these services.

Vouchers are available for low-income, uninsured or underinsured women age 40 and older and women of any age who are at-risk for breast cancer. Women should contact their physician’s office to see if they meet the qualifications for a voucher.

Vouchers are made available thanks to grant funding through the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust. $18,000 in grant money was secured for this year to help in this effort.

Contact the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte for more information at (219) 326-2471.

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Indiana, State Officials Offer Mosquito Safety Tips (6/22)

posted Jun 22, 2017, 8:35 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 10:02 AM ]

Posted on June 22, 2017
Author WKVI

State officials have confirmed the first cases of the West Nile Virus in Indiana. As the mosquito season progresses, the state is urging citizens to take preventive action against the virus.

To prevent yourself from getting the virus and other mosquito borne viruses, you can wear insect repellant, cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeve shirts and pants in places like wooded areas.
  • West Nile Virus starts out with a mild form of the illness. Symptoms include fever, head and body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. If you or someone you know have these symptoms, please see a health care provider.
  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are active (especially late afternoon, dusk to dawn and early morning).
  • Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.
  • Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long pants in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a breeding ground, so residents should take the following steps:
  • Discard old tires, tin cans, ceramic pots or other containers that can hold water.
  • Repair failed septic systems.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
  • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters, particularly if leaves tend to plug up the drains.
  • Frequently replace the water in pet bowls.
  • Flush ornamental fountains and birdbaths periodically.
  • Aerate ornamental pools, or stock them with predatory fish

Is It Heat Exhaustion OR Heat Stroke?

posted May 18, 2017, 4:21 PM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:37 AM ]

From the Facebook page of the North Judson - Wayne Twp Volunteer Fire Department:  As the temps go up remember stay hydrated and try to keep cool.

READY: Prepare, plan, stay informed

posted Apr 22, 2017, 9:00 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

The campaign’s messages have been distributed through: television, radio, print, outdoor and Web (PSAs) developed and produced by The Advertising Council; brochures;

www.Ready.gov and www.Listo.gov Web sites; toll-free phone lines 1-800-BE-Ready and 1-888-SE-Listo; and partnerships with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations.

In 2004, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched Ready Business, an extension of the Ready campaign that focuses on business preparedness. Ready Business helps owners and managers of small- to medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The campaign’s messages are being delivered through Ready Business section of this Web site, brochures, radio, print and internet PSAs and key partnerships.

In 2006, FEMA launched Ready Kids, a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8 - 12 about emergencies and how they can help get their family prepared. The program includes family-friendly Web pages and online materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education.

FEMA has also worked with a variety of public and private sector organizations to develop tailored preparedness information for specific Americans. The Department worked with American Kennel Club, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association and The Humane Society of the United States to create materials that highlight the key steps pet owners should take to prepare themselves and their animals. FEMA also worked with AARP, the American Red Cross, the National Organization on Disability and the National Fire Protection Association to create emergency information for older adults and Americans with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Materials developed for these specific Americans include brochures and instructional videos available at our publications page.

In 2008, The Ready Campaign added a section on their web site for military families. The entire Department highlights emergency preparedness through National Preparedness Month (NPM), a nationwide effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to help older adults, Americans with disabilities, access or functional needs, and others, prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. View the Ready Public Service Advertisements.

Tornadoes: Plan Ahead for Safety

posted Mar 22, 2017, 11:52 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:38 AM ]

When the tornado WARNING is issued do you know what to do?

SAD = Seasonal Affective Disorder

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:37 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:39 AM ]

The shorter days and colder weather of winter can make anyone feel down, especially if you live a long way from the equator. The reduced light, warmth, and color of winter can leave you feeling melancholy, irritable, or tired. But if these feelings recur each year, make it tough to function during the winter months, and then subside in spring or early summer, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal depression can affect your health, your relationships, and your everyday activities. But no matter how hopeless you feel, there are things you can do to keep your mood and life stable throughout the year.

Cardiac Arrest vs. Heart Attack

posted Dec 30, 2016, 9:40 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:34 AM ]

From Starke Hospital:  Think you're having heart trouble? DON'T WAIT. Get to the ER fast! Thanks to the American Heart Association for this great infographic.

Integrity Medical Center

posted Aug 24, 2016, 9:44 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

Integrity Medical Center
2 S. Pearl St., Knox, IN 46534


Walk In Clinic; Medical Office Same or next day appointments Dr. Alhamwi, MD also, a Nurse Practioner

2 S Pearl St

Are YOU At Risk For Coronary Heart Disease?

posted Jun 2, 2016, 11:33 AM by North Judson-Wayne Township Public Library

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