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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | December 17, 2010
"Zip your coat. Put that hat on your head. You're gonna catch a cold. " Rare is the mother who hasn't uttered these words during the rush out the door. Shirlee Imes, 55, of Hagerstown, certainly has. She is the mother of 11. If she doesn't stand guard at the door, Imes said, one of her children inevitably tries to sneak out in just a sweatshirt. Excuses abound. "It's not cool to wear a heavy coat. " "They don't give us enough locker space to put our coat and backpack in. " "I'll miss my bus if I have to go back to my locker to get my coat.
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NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | April 28, 2009
o More information is available at www.cdc.gov/swineflu . Related stories: o Possible case of swine flu in Michigan o Two South Bend patients being tested for swine flu o Agents screen for flu at ports o Officials Urge Calm In Wake Of Swine Flu Case At Notre Dame As the number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States continues to rise, local health officials are staying alert....
NEWS
September 21, 2009
The Washington County Health Department reports that it is aware of an influenza-like illness being reported across Washington County. This is consistent with expectations of the public health community because of the H1N1 (swine) strain. Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say as many as 98 percent of flu cases are the result of the H1N1 strain. So far this new strain of flu causes symptoms similar to the more familiar seasonal flu. Schools, institutions and office settings are particularly vulnerable to the rapid spread of flu. Individuals and families should take steps to minimize their chance of becoming infected.
NEWS
BY Christine L. Moats | April 8, 2002
To ensure the health and safety of your child, make sure he or she gets all vaccinations at the right time. Keep a record of your child's immunizations from birth. A schedule of immunizations and at what ages a child should receive them is listed by The Centers for Disease Control on the Web at www.cdc.gov/nip or call 1-800-232-2522. You can also print out a schedule to keep for your own records. Infant Immunization Week is April 14 to 20. Make sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date.
NEWS
by SCOTT BUTKI | December 13, 2004
scottb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Washington County Hospital is hoping patients and visitors will learn what is being called "respiratory etiquette," taking actions to deter the spread of colds and respiratory illnesses to others, said Kathy Morrisey, hospital director of infection control. In recent months, the hospital has put up a sign asking people with cold or flu-like symptoms not to go to the hospital unless absolutely necessary, she said. "We are asking people to voluntarily decide if they really should stay home and not visit someone in the hospital if they are coming just to visit," Morrisey said.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
The West Virginia Department of Education is reminding parents that students entering seventh and 12th grades this fall will need to visit a doctor or health clinic before school begins to update their immunizations. State law and West Virginia Board of Education policy now requires seventh-graders to receive a Tdap vaccine booster, as well as a dose of the meningococcal vaccine. High school seniors also must show proof of a single dose of Tdap and a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine if the first dose was given before the age of 16, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Education.
NEWS
January 9, 2008
Smithsburg Senior Site 29 Blue Mountain Estates Smithsburg 301-824-2183 Today - "Don't Spill the Beans" and exercise with Helen House, 10 a.m. Jan. 10 - Bingo, 10 a.m. Jan. 11 - Uno or dominoes, 10 a.m. Jan. 14 - "50 Things You Should Know About Arthritis" with Jackie Willison, 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15 - Van stop at shopping center, 9:30 a.m.; "Cough and Cold Medicines" with Ita Kavanagh, 10...
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 9, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The Humane Society of Washington County resumed adopting dogs to the public Tuesday after an upper respiratory illness that infected several of the animals prompted officials to close the kennel in mid-April. Katherine Cooker, humane society spokeswoman, said none of the dogs had to be put down after they contracted the illness. As of Tuesday afternoon, 10 dogs were available for adoption, she said. Additional dogs, like strays and those in pre-adoption, also are at the facility.
NEWS
January 12, 2001
Is it a cold or an infection? So, is it a cold or acute bacterial sinusitis - an infection that should be treated with antibiotics? It's hard to tell. The symptoms for both are similar, said Dr. Michael J. Saylor: HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> stuffy nose HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> nasal discharge HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> facial pressure HEIGHT="6" ALT=" "> sometimes a cough It's an "old wives' tale" that green nasal discharge means an infection, Saylor said.
NEWS
October 26, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Chambersburg Hospital, Waynesboro Hospital and Fulton County (Pa.) Medical Center are asking that children not visit because of the flu virus. "This is just a temporary change until this situation passes. We need to limit our patients' exposure to visitors under 18 because of the likelihood that students have interacted with sick classmates and are carrying the flu virus," said Dr. Thomas Anderson, vice president of medical affairs for Summit Health, the parent organization of Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals.
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