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Stay home you are ill!

March 11, 2019


We are in the thick of influenza season right now. March is typically a big month for influenza illness as we welcome travelers from around the world. The CDC has recently issued an update that a second wave of more severe influenza is circulating and
Colorado has been identified as having WIDESPREAD influenza activity.

PLEASE STAY HOME FROM WORK AND SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK!! Staying home when you are ill is the kindest protection that you can offer to your schoolmates and
coworkers.

Decrease your chances of getting sick by following these basic guidelines:

  • take good care of your health with a nutrient rich diet,
  • wash your hands frequently,
  • get plenty of rest,
  • don’t touch your face at work,
  • kindly ask your ill coworkers to go home.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Amy

Amy Behrhorst, PA-C, MHP | Employee Health

abehrhorst@aspenhospital.org

Aspen Valley Hospital | Aspen, CO

970-544-1279 v

970-544-1133 f

 

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Flu season officlally begins....

January 2, 2019



The 2018-2019 influenza season has officially begun, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

"Increases in flu activity summarized in CDC's most recent FluView report, including increases in influenza-like illness (ILI) and the proportion of laboratory-confirmed flu cases nationally, have signaled the start of the 2018-2019 influenza season," the CDC reports.

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza passed the national baseline for the second time this season, with high activity in Georgia and Colorado and widespread activity in Guam and six states, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report. The reported cumulative rate of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations was 2.9 per 100,000 population, up from 1.9 per 100,000 population during week 49.

Influenza A viruses have predominated in the United States since early October, with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominating in most of the country. In the southeastern United States (Health and Human Services Region 4); however, influenza A (H3) viruses have been the most commonly reported viruses for the most recent 3 weeks..

All influenza viruses tested since late May have been susceptible to the antiviral medications oseltamivir, zanamivir, and peramivir so please contact your healthcare provider within 24-48 hours of the sudden onset to begin medication regime in a timely manner.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who are sick with flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
CDC 2019


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National American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

November 15, 2018


Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of American Indian and Alaska Native people in the United States.

This month honors the rich diversity of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, traditions, and languages, and it focuses on how heritage intersects with health.

By working together to raise awareness of health disparities and providing a platform for national American Indian and Alaska Native health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we can all help move communities toward health equity.

Click for more resources here

Heather Knott, RN-IBCLC


 
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Halloween Tips-National Safety Council

October 31, 2018

Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.

In 2016, 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.

NSC research reveals about 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.

Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.

Costume Safety

To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They're on the Prowl

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween
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