LACONIA — Fall is just around the corner, and with the colder weather each year comes flu season.
"The flu vaccine is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and our families from the flu," said LRGHealthcare Medical Director of Infection Control Dr. Abigail Dacuycuy.
"The CDC recommends that everyone, six months and older should get a flu vaccine, and we support this recommendation. For some people, the flu is truly a health risk; for others, it is just an inconvenience, but everyone benefits from limiting its spread in our community. Widespread vaccination, including vaccination of children, is the best way to protect everyone in our community."
Beginning Tuesday, October 1, flu vaccines will be offered at the following locations for anyone three years or older, or as noted:
· Your Primary Care Provider. LRGHealthcare urges you to see your primary care provider to receive your vaccine. If your child is under the age of three, please call your child's pediatrician to schedule a time for a pediatric flu vaccination.
· Franklin Regional Hospital's Infusion Transfusion Department (FIT).
By appointment only, call 934-2060 ext. 8222, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
· Lakes Region General Hospital.
Clinics will be held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1-4:30 p.m. On Thursday, October 3, 10, and 17, clinic will be open until 7 p.m. The clinic will not be administering vaccines November 26 – 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
· Laconia Clinic.
For Laconia Clinic and Caring for Women patients, flu shots will be offered for adult and pediatric patients October 2, 4, 9, 11, 23, 25, 30 and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30-5 p.m. Call the Laconia Clinic Flu Hotline at 527-2752 for more information.
For the most current information visit the LRGHealthcare website at www.lrgh.org or call the LRGHealthcare Flu Hotline at 527-7069.
Lakes Region Free School-Based Flu Clinics
The Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health (LRPPH) will be conducting free school-based seasonal flu immunization clinics for students aged 5-19 years at the schools listed below. Information and consent forms will be sent home via your school nurses, or, for more information about the clinics, contact Susan Laverack, Associate Director at LRPPH 528-2145.
Franklin Regional School District
· Paul Smith School September 20, 9-11 a.m.
· Franklin Middle School September 20, 12-2: p.m.
· Franklin High School, September 23, 9–11 a.m.
Belmont School District
· Belmont Elementary School – September 24, 9-11 a.m.
· Belmont Middle School – September 25, 9-11 a.m.
· Belmont High School – September 25, 12:45-2 p.m.
Laconia School District:
· Woodland Heights - November 5, 9-11 a.m.
· Memorial Middle School - November 6, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
· Elm Street School – November 7, 9–11 a.m.
· Pleasant Street - November 8, 9-11 a.m.
· Laconia High School – November, 8, 12:45 - 2 p.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:41
GILFORD — The Gilford Public Library is now accepting sign-ups for a 5 week S.A.T. preparatory course for High School juniors and seniors.
The course begins on Tuesday, October 1 from 6:30-8 p.m.
The course will provide tips and strategies for each of the major test areas including math, critical reading, writing and the essay. The course is designed to prepare students for the SAT examination on November 2,
Sign up before the first session with a $10 refundable deposit at the Circulation Desk.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:39
MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) in partnership with the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association (LWWA) is developing a Watershed Management Plan for Center Harbor Bay.
The Center Harbor Bay Plan is part of a long-term plan to create a web-based watershed management plan for the entire Winnipesaukee River watershed. A key goal is to help protect the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee for the future economic, recreational, and aesthetic value of the region. Progress to date can be viewed at the Winnipesaukee Gateway, the permanent website of the plan (www.winnigateway.org).
Watershed based management plans estimate the level of pollutant load reduction or habitat restoration required to meet the goals set by the plan. Specific locations are usually identified where land use improvements are needed, such as at public boat launches or culverts under roadways.
The Advisory Committee for the Center Harbor Bay project met in Meredith last month to establish goals for the Plan. The committee was presented with recommendations for water quality conditions for Center Harbor Bay. Lake water quality specialists from Lakes Region Planning Commission, Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, and UNH Cooperative Extension developed these recommendations.
The Advisory Committee, comprised primarily of local municipal officials, accepted the recommendation that the Watershed Management Plan be developed with the goal to maintain the water quality of the bay in its present condition. The committee noted that even slightly degraded water quality conditions in other bays of the lake have resulted in algal blooms. Therefore, developing a strategy to maintain water quality was viewed as an essential goal of the Center Harbor Bay Plan.
The creation of impervious surfaces and nutrient runoff from developed land degrade water quality, whereas compliance with shoreline regulations and voluntary actions of landowners can protect water quality. Research in New England has shown that a natural buffer strip of shrubs and trees along the shoreline protects water quality and habitat nearly as well as an intact, forested watershed.
The Center Harbor Bay Watershed Management Plan is scheduled to be completed in 2014. LRPC and LWWA are especially interested in public feedback on ways to protect water quality and learning of locations where remediation projects are needed. There will be upcoming opportunities for public engagement on the plan components.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:37
GILFORD — Dr. Brian Paterson of LRGHealthcare's Holistic Health Center will be offering a free program to the community through the Laconia Adult Education Program.
On Tuesday, October 1, Dr. Paterson will begin a six week program entitled "Holistic Routes to Healthy Living," which focuses on the importance of nutrition, exercise, proper sleep, and the body's structural integrity.
To register for this free program, call the Laconia Adult Education office at 524-5712.
The foundation of Naturopathic Medicine is to teach the principles of healthy living through preventative medicine, address the fundamental cause of disease, and to heal the whole person through individualized treatment.
Dr. Paterson has been affiliated with LRGHealthcare since 2002, and a familiar face at numerous health fairs at both LRGH and FRH. In addition to being a Naturopathic Doctor, he has a Masters Degree in Acupuncture. Dr. Paterson offers various options to his patients for the treatment of health conditions including therapeutic techniques for repetitive motion injuries, muscle strains and pain management alternatives. Nutritional counseling services are also available.
Naturopathic Medicine has seen significant growth in popularity, as people seek alternative and complimentary therapies for their healthcare needs. Celebrate the healing power of nature the week of October 7-13, 2013; the inaugural Naturopathic Medicine Week.
For more information, contact The Holistic Health Center, located at Hillside Medical Park at 524-9261. The office is open Monday – Thursday from 8 am-6 pm.
Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 09:35
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