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Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

Immunization Clinics Available During Special Event Week

 

Nevada Infant and Immunization Week will provide a number of opportunities to improve the health and well-being of your children starting Saturday.

The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition (SNIHC) and many health partners and providers will sponsor a week of immunization clinics during Nevada Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) April 20-27, beginning with a kickoff event hosted by the Southern Nevada Health District.

Nevada Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases, and serves as a call to action for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases before age 2.

Valley Hospital Goes Through Decontamination Drill

Valley Hospital Goes Through Decontamination Drill

 

Valley Hospital practiced being ready for an emergency in an exercise known as HAZWOPER or Hazardous Waste Operations Responder Decontamination Course.

About 28 hospital employees, including emergency, engineering, environmental services and security departments were part of the drill, which took place at the hospital Monday and Tuesday.

The drill focused on emergencies requiring decontamination from biological, chemical or radiological exposure.

During the exercise, employees trained to take patients exposed to a contaminate to a hot zone trailer where they could be decontaminated with soap and water. They were then taken to a cold zone trailer for treatment.

The drill focused on making sure people could be decontaminated so the rest of the patients, employees and visitors were not exposed.

 

JDRF Hope & Health Event Assists Those With Type 1 Diabetes

JDRF Hope & Health Event Assists Those With Type 1 Diabetes

Children, adults and family members of those with type 1 diabetes, as well as those who care for those with type 1, are invited to take part in a free event that will discuss the latest developments in diabetes care.

The JDRF Hope & Health Symposium happens Saturday, Feb. 23 at Cashman Center. Guest speakers with a variety of professional diabetes-related backgrounds will offer information and insight during multiple sessions dealing with a number of topics including:

  • Diabetes management
  • The latest in treatment and research
  • Good nutrition
  • Physical activity
  • Mind/body well being

Sessions for children will run simultaneuously with the adult sessions and will include field games and age appropriate diabetes education.

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

Teen Pregnancy Workshops Scheduled in High-Need Areas

 

Workshops aimed at helping parents talk to kids about teen pregnancy are scheduled for later in the month.

The Southern Nevada Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition will host a series of free workshops for parents and guardians interested in talking to their pre-teen and teen children about sexual relationships, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

The first workshop is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Walnut Cecile Community Center, 3075 Walnut Road.

Berry-Licious Pancake to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Cure

Berry-Licious Pancake to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Cure

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and a popular eatery has created a special pancake to help raise money for a cure.

Hash House a Go Go created a 'cake for a cure made with berries that some studies have suggested have cancer-fighting phytochemicals, including raspberries, cranberries and strawberries. The pancakes also have cherries and pomegranates which are high in antioxidants.

The restaurant will donate $1 from the sale of every 'cake for the cure through the entire month of October to a group of Las Vegans who will be walking in a breast cancer fundraising walk.

"It's great to be able to assist Las Vegans participating in Susan G. Komen's 3-Day walk with our very berry-licious 'Cake for the Cure pancake," said Jim Rees, owner of Hash House A Go Go. "Our Chef created a delicious and health-conscious pancake for everyone to enjoy."  

Families Rally with a Message for Moms-to-Be

Families Rally with a Message for Moms-to-Be

A large rally was held Monday along a busy street in Las Vegas with a message for moms-to-be.

The rally was organized by a group called improvingbirth.org. The group wants women to become better informed about the advantages of natural child birth and the risks of cesarean sections.

According to the group, the number of c-sections are on the rise around the country and women do not understand the risks of the procedure.

"It can interfere with your milk production. Women are walking away with post traumatic stress disorder, depression clinically diagnosed. There is also the issue of trying to bear children again," Jessica Sullivan, the Las Vegas coordinator of the movement, said.

The rally was held at the intersection of Charleston and Valley View Boulevards.