Health and Fitness
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Health District Taking H1N1 Flu Clinic Appointments
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled an additional H1N1 flu vaccination clinic for Monday.
It reminded parents of children under the age of 10 that a second dose, administered 28 days after the first, is recommended to provide full protection. The clinic is intended for residents of Westport and Weston who are eligible to receive H1N1 vaccine according to current guidelines.
Both the inactivated injectable formulation and the live attenuated nasal spray will be available at this clinic, the District said.
Residents must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment, visit the WWHD Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Health District Schedules New H1N1 Clinics
The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) said today it has scheduled additional H1N1 vaccination clinics on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 30.
To schedule an appointment, visit WWHD’s Web site and follow the link to the H1N1 Vaccine information page.
The clinics are only for those residents who are eligible to receive the inactivated, injectable formulation of the H1N1 vaccine, the District said.
The supply of injectable vaccine remains limited, so those eligible must have an appointment; no walk-ins will be accepted, according to an announcement.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Doctor: “Explosive Inroads” in Cancer Treatment
A Norwalk Hospital cancer specialist told the Westport Rotary Club today that “explosive inroads” are being made in the treatment of cancer. Dr. Richard Frank said that in 10 years “when someone has cancer their cell information will be accessible online and a specific cocktail (treatment) will be administered.” Frank, a hematologist/oncologist and director of cancer research at the Whittingham Cancer Center at Norwalk Hospital, is the author of “Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Health District Schedules H1N1 Flu Clinic for Tuesday
The Westport Weston Health District said today it has scheduled an H1N1 vaccination clinic for Tuesday.
The clinic is only for those residents who are eligible to receive the H1N1 live, attenuated nasal spray formulation of the vaccine.
The supply is limited, so those eligible must have an appointment, no walk-ins will be accepted, an announcement said.
To be eligible, you must be in at least one of the following groups:
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Scheduled Tuesday H1N1 Flu Clinic Canceled
UPDATE A scheduled H1N1 flu clinic at the Westport Weston Health District on Tuesday has been canceled because of a shortage of the vaccine, Mark A. R. Cooper, director of health, said today.
Lexi Eudowe, 3, of Westport started to get a bit apprehensive as the flu vaccination line moved forward at the Westport Weston Health District on Wednesday. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
He said an “overwhelming turnout” by the public at the District’s Wednesday H1N1 flu clinic prompted the action.
The District went through more than 500 doses of the vaccine during the scheduled three-hour clinic that had to be extended 90 minutes because of the turnout, officials said.
The State of Connecticut has advised the District not to expect additional supplies for next 10 days, Cooper said.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Lines Get Longer for H1N1 Flu Vaccine
Today’s Westport Weston Health District H1N1 flu vaccine clinic at its Bayberry Lane headquarters drew a crowd for the 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. event. The lines outside the District began to grow quickly as the walk-in clinic opening drew near. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
H1N1 Flu Clinic Draws Crowds
Today’s H1N1 walk-in flu clinic at the Westport Weston Health District drew a large crowd. Many of them brought their own chairs to sit on in the brisk, autumn weather with temperatures in the upper 40s. Some arrived as early as 8 a.m. for the 3 p.m. start. The District said it would provide the vaccine to those eligible on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligibility requirements are posted on the District Web page. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) David Dreyfuss for WestportNow.com
Friday, October 30, 2009
Additional Flu Clinics Canceled as Vaccine Supply Exhausted
So many people turned out for Thursday’s seasonal flu vaccination clinic at the Westport Weston Health District that vaccine supplies have been exhausted and additional clinics canceled, a District official said today.
Lines formed early Thursday outside the Westport Weston Health District on Bayberry Lane for seasonal flu shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Lynn U. Miller for WestportNow.com
“The size of the turnout was unexpected,” said Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness.
He said more than 100 persons were on line before the scheduled 1 p.m. start and by 2:10 p.m. it was clear there was not enough vaccine on hand and the clinic closed 50 minutes ahead of schedule.
“We no longer have sufficient vaccine to conduct walk-in clinics so we are canceling the walk-in clinics that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday,” he said.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Health District Adds Additional Seasonal Flu Clinics
The Westport Weston Health District announced today it has scheduled additional seasonal flu vaccine clinics and urged residents of Westport and Weston to get immunized.
“While the H1N1 flu virus has been the focus of attention since spring, it is important that we do not forget the risks posed by the seasonal flu,” said Mark Cooper, director.
Every year, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications, and about 36,000 die from flu-related causes, the District said.
The seasonal flu shots will be available at the Westport Weston Health District on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 1-3 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 2, at 4-6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 4-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
No Shortages of Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Mark Cooper, director of health for the Westport Weston Health District, today assured residents that despite reports of shortages of seasonal flu vaccine, the District still has seasonal flu vaccine available and strongly encourages the citizens of Westport and Weston to get immunized.
The vaccine for the regular seasonal flu and the novel H1N1 (Swine) flu are different. Both inoculations are needed for full protection, Cooper said.
“While the H1N1 flu virus has been the focus of attention since spring, it is important that we do not forget the risks posed by the seasonal flu,” he said.
Every year, on average 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the seasonal flu, Cooper said. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from complications, and about 36,000 die from flu related causes.
Westport Health District Offers H1N1 Nasal Flu Vaccine
The Westport Weston Health District said today it has received a limited amount of live attenuated influenza vaccine.
“This is a thimerosal-free nasal spray indicated for healthy individuals ages 2 – 49 years of age who are not pregnant,” the District said in a news release. Thimerosal is used as a preservative in some vaccines.
It said at this time, use of this vaccine should be restricted to the following priority populations: children aged 2 – 4 year and those who live with or care for children less than 6 months of age.
The District asked residents if they think they are eligible, to call the District’s H1N1 hot line at (203)227-9571, ext. 228, and leave your name and the best telephone number where you can be reached.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This Won’t Hurt
A resident gets a flu shot today at the Westport Weston Health District flu shot clinic. Shots for the H1N1 virus will be available in mid-October and health officials are recommending residents get both shots. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Getting Ready for Flu Season
Medical Reserve Corps volunteer Barbara Gross assisted Westporter Paul Harvey today through the process of getting his flu shot at the Westport Weston Health District flu shot clinic. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Flu Clinic Draws Hundreds
There was a line outside the Westport Weston Health District at 180 Bayberry Lane today as the district held its first public seasonal flu shot clinic. Several hundred received the shots in the first couple of hours. The next clinics will be held Tuesday at the Weston Library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 at the Westport Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Oct. 7 at the Westport Center for Senior Activities from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The H1N1 vaccine will be available in mid-October but residents are urged to get a seasonal flu shot as well, according to Health Director Mark A. R. Cooper. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Health Officials Detail Readiness for H1N1 Flu Outbreak
Officials of the Westport Weston Health District said today that extensive plans have been made for a possible H1N1 flu outbreak in the area. Director Mark A. R. Cooper (r) and Ken Kellogg, director of emergency preparedness, briefed the Westport Rotary Club on how the District has been preparing for an outbreak. They said an H1N1 vaccine will be available in mid-October but urged residents meanwhile to get a seasonal flu shot. The first chance for residents to get the seasonal flu shot will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Westport Weston Health District, 180 Bayberry Lane. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com