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FILE - This Oct. 17, 2012 file photo shows a nurse loading a syringe of flu vaccine at the Mississippi Department of Health in Jackson, Miss.  Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.  For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Officials: Don’t Skip the Flu Shot

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord — This year’s flu virus, in some cases, has changed, but infectious disease doctor Benjamin Chan’s advice has not. In September, just after the virus made its debut for the season in New Hampshire, the state epidemiologist had a simple message: To protect against the flu, don’t skip the vaccine. Responding to questions Monday about this year’s virus potentially outpacing that vaccine, Chan reiterated, “The message is really the same: Get vaccinated.” Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the emergence of a mutated strain of the flu virus that is different from the virus used in this year’s vaccine. …

To Your Good Health: Treatments for Hepatitis Have Come a Long Way

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My 56-year-old sister has hepatitis C. She contracted the virus from a blood transfusion in a hospital in Spain in the 1980s. It is the genotype 4 (North African) strain. It was discovered about 12 years ago, and she had a biopsy that did not show any scarring of her liver at that time. We have tried to persuade her …

Former Chief Seeks Marrow Match

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Windsor — The family of retired police chief Steve Soares has organized a bone marrow registry drive in response to his recent diagnosis with a rare, aggressive cousin of leukemia. Though Soares hadn’t found a match as of Tuesday morning, Oswalda Soares, his wife, is mobilizing friends, family and former colleagues to undergo …

USDA Grant to Provide Waste Management Assistance

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help manage the region’s waste, including chemicals and unwanted medications. The grant will be used to expand household hazardous waste collection; promote nontoxic household products; offer …

To Your Good Health: IBD and IBS Sound Similar, Have Big Differences

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could you please explain the difference between irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease? What is the treatment for each? I saw in a health magazine that there is a blood test to determine which one someone may have. — ES Answer: Although the two …

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lebanon — An outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in West Africa poses a minimal threat to residents of the Upper Valley, according to public health officials in the Twin States. While an infected traveler could come to northern New England from the …

Special Needs Workshops Address Finances, Housing

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Two upcoming workshops for families of children with special needs will focus on finances and housing. The workshops on Nov. 1 are sponsored by Special Needs Support Center, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that offers programs, support and resources for children with special needs and their families. The first session, …

To Your Good Health:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My understanding is that physicians are taught: “First, do no harm.” In my opinion, they often do by telling terminally ill patients how long they have to live. This happened in the case of my brother, who was given six months. From the day of …

Clinics See Surge in Flu Vaccinations

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Enfield — Overwhelming attendance at a free flu shot clinic in Enfield Thursday evening caused health workers to run out of vaccines. Alice Ely, executive director of Mascoma Valley Health Initiative, said the turnout of about 500 people was the largest the group has seen in the five …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue …

Free Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Valley, September to November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Bring your insurance card. Donations accepted. Wear short-sleeved apparel. Please call (603) 543-6800 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 308 U.S. Route 4, Enfield. For more information, visit …

Fletcher Allen Seeks New Facility

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care asked state regulators Monday for permission to build a multimillion dollar inpatient facility. The proposed 180,000-square-foot building would have 128 single-occupancy rooms spread over four floors. The project is expected to cost $175 million plus $12.7 million in interest payments on borrowing …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of …