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Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

Families Endure Long Lines for Back-to-School Vaccines

The lines are long at the Southern Nevada Health District as parents scramble to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date.

A child that is not fully immunized cannot attend Clark County schools. With school starting Monday, parents have limited time to get the shots they need. Students from kindergarten through college freshman could be in need of new vaccinations.

“We are one of the few states that have a requirement for hepatitis A. Anyone who is new to the school district needs to get their hep A or they will be turned away. This is going to happen. You are going to be turned away. All seventh graders that do not have T-DAP will be sent home. It is the new mandate from three years ago,” said Veronica Morata-Nichols with the Southern Nevada Health District.

The wait has been as long as an hour and a half for parents and students. Some kids have needed one shot while others have needed as many as six.   

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

Extended Hours for Vaccine Clinics Now Offered

The Southern Nevada Health District is offering special extended hours and even opening on two Saturdays to accommodate families who need to get their children vaccinated in time for school. 

Starting Monday through August 26 the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane will be open until 6 p.m. for vaccinations. The extended hours are just for immunizations no other health district business will be provided after 4:30 p.m.  The health district will also offer vaccination-only clinic hours on Saturday, August 20 and Saturday, August 27., between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

At the East Las Vegas Public Health Clinic on Nellis Boulevard and the Henderson Public Health Center on Lake Mead Parkway will be open for school vaccinations-only on Friday, August 26. from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Starting this fall nursing students at the College of Southern Nevada will be part of a national study on simulated patients.

The study will use 154 full-time nursing students to see if more work with simulated patients can give students better training than real patients. The simulated patients are not the old-fashioned mannequins people might envision. The new simulated patients are highly sophisticated computerized mannequins that can replicate any patient condition.

Using a simulator means mistakes do not turn into tragedies and educators can make the mannequins go through scenarios that students are unlikely to see at a local hospital making them more prepared for unique situations.

The CSN nurses are part of a study going on at top nursing schools around the country.

 “CSN’s selection to take part in this project speaks to the national reputation of quality our nursing program has established,” said CSN President Dr. Michael D. Richards.

Services Expanding at Ruvo Center

Services Expanding at Ruvo Center

Two national experts are joining the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in an effort to expand the center's services.

The center will be adding a program for Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders lead by Dr. Ryan Walsh and a multiple sclerosis program headed by Dr. Timothy West. The doctors will work with patients on cutting edge diagnosis and treatments. They will also work with researchers and doctors at the clinic's main campus in Ohio. The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorder Program will start accepting patients on July 18. The Multiple Sclerosis Program will start taking patients August 1. 

Patients at both programs will also have access to the center's new physical, occupational and cognitive therapy programs. 

Free Health and Fitness Event Friday

Free Health and Fitness Event Friday

 

County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly is hosting his annual “Walking With Weekly” health and fitness fair from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday at Pearson Community Center, 1625 W. Carey Ave., near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The event is free to attend and will feature fitness trainers, health screenings and refreshments. The commissioner also will lead a walk around the track outside the Pearson Center soon after the event starts.

“Too many people don’t take the time to take care of their own health,” Weekly said. “This health and fitness fair will bring some fun into the mix to encourage our friends and neighbors to take a first step toward taking better care of themselves.”

Staff from University Medical Center will provide free blood pressure checks and health information, and other health and fitness organizations will also be on hand during the event.

Football Star Will Teach Healthy Living to Kids for Free

Football Star Will Teach Healthy Living to Kids for Free

Gerard Lawson of the Philadelphia Eagles will be using football basics to teach kids in the Las Vegas Valley about healthy living.

Lawson is working with the non-profit Jump for Joy Foundation to hold a free football camp on Saturday, June 11. Kids will learn how to throw, catch and kick a football. But they'll also get a course in how to make healthy lifestyle choices, good sportsmanship and the importance of education.

The camp starts at 10:30 a.m. at Potosi Park behind the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas. Organizers are asking that those interested RSVP, to do that go to Jump for Joy's website.

The Jump for Joy Foundation is based in Las Vegas. Its mission is to prevent and reverse childhood obesity by providing resources to the Las Vegas community about healthy living.

Water Safety Event Targets the Whole Family

Water Safety Event Targets the Whole Family

Parents and kids can enjoy an award-winning water park while learning water safety Saturday.

The message of water safety will take over the YMCA Water Sports Park on Meadows Lane. There will be exhibits, hands-on learning and learn-to-float classes to teach parents and kids how to stay safe around water. 

“Year after year we have seen entire families come to the event eager to learn what they can do to keep everyone safe at their home pools, at public pools and at the lake,” said Joe Vassallo, water safety advocate and president of Paragon Pools. “Exposing all family members to good water safety practices is key to making everyone responsible poolside.”  

The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.