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Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #3

“I had chickenpox (varicella) when I was eight years old, before the first vaccine was available. I vividly recall lying in bed, scratching, and feeling miserable. Many people have had chickenpox, and most of them are “lucky,” as I was. When it is mild, varicella causes fever, achiness, cough, and an itchy rash. However, when most severe, varicella can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and sepsis. These are conditions that can lead to hospitalization, and unfortunately, death. Additionally, those who are unvaccinated and acquire chickenpox naturally are at higher risk for shingles later on in life. I see chickenpox in unvaccinated children every year in my practice. It is still a real, and completely unnecessary threat. I am very grateful that there is vaccine available to protect my patients and my own children.“~ Dr. Erin Knudtson, pediatrician

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important from Dr. Pam Fisher

“My Grandmother was blind in 1 eye, and almost completely deaf from a very young age.

These things were caused by one of the “normal” childhood illnesses in the early 1900”s. I suspect it was mumps or measles.

Even though she recovered from the illness, she struggled with her disabilities for her entire life.

She always laughed when she couldn’t understand what I was saying by lip reading, and often came up with silly words. But after that illness she never heard simple sounds like birds singing, and she never heard the sound of my voice.

I often wonder what her life would have been like if she could have gotten the vaccines that we have today.”~Dr. Pam Fisher, pediatrician

Why Vaccinate? It’s important #2

“As a mom, I would do anything to keep my kids safe and healthy. As a doctor, I understand the importance of disease prevention. That’s why it was easy for me to choose to vaccinate my children – vaccines are a safe and effective way to keep us healthy.”~ Nikki VandenBerg, family physician

 

Why Vaccinate? It’s Important #1

“I trained in pediatrics in the mid 1980’s. I spent many days and nights caring for children critically ill with Hib (Hemophilus influenzae type b) disease. Some did not make it, and survivors often had major permanent disabilities. The first Hib vaccine came out in 1986 and it was excitedly welcomed. The last case of Hib meningitis I saw in the US was an unimmunized child in 1994. I hope I never see Hib again—but a resurgence is likely if our vaccination rates continue to fall.”~ Dr. Leah Willson, pediatrician

Ignite Career Day for Area Students

Last Friday Hutchinson Health had an opportunity to engage with high school students from the area through the Ignite your Career Day in Hutchinson. Promoting health careers to students by providing hands on, interactive experiences showcases how truly rewarding the health care field can be. Shout out to our Occupational Rehabilitation Staff and their great activities for the 1200 high school students. Our Lab Staff was there as well, providing the opportunity for students to do their own blood type testing. The hope is that maybe we peaked an interest in pursuing these fields to area students.

students performing strength test

students looking at blood slides

International Infection Prevention Week

This week is International Infection Prevention Week. The theme this year is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business”. With the rise in measles cases it is important to remember that the spread of infection is everybody’s business. Know the basics of infection prevention…wash your hands. Clean hands stop the spread of infection. Do your part…. hand hygiene is key. Vaccines also play a crucial role in eliminating diseases. Awareness of what you can do to prevent the spreading of illnesses is everyone’s responsibility.

Suicide Prevention for World Mental Health Day

Suicide prevention is today’s theme for World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way,
with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change.
Reach out today, and every day. You may make a difference to someone who is silently struggling. Our crisis line is open 24 hours a day 320-484-4585.

PowerUp October Newsletter

Ways to PowerUp in October

PowerUp Action Team Meeting
National Walk and Bike to School Day
Spooky Sprint
Power of Produce at the Hutchinson Farmers Market
$2 Tuesdays at Wheel and Cog Children's Museum
Hutchinson Community Running Group

Get Crafty!

You will need:Blue print of maple leaf on paper

  • Paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • LEAVES!

Collect various types of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. Choose a paint color and paint the whole entire leaf. Press painted side onto the paper for 5 seconds to transfer the print. Repeat this process with different colors, shapes, and sizes of leaves until you are satisfied with your picture. Let the paint dry before displaying.

Source: https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/leaf-prints.html

How to Avoid the Halloween Candy Overload

For many kids Halloween is the best day of the year because they get to dress up in fun costumes, walk around the neighborhood with their friends, and come home with a mountain of free candy. For many parents, this means struggling with finding the balance between enjoying the fun of the holiday while figuring out how to deal with the exorbitant amount of candy their child will be asking to eat for the next few weeks. Here are a few tips for dealing with excess candy:

  • Allow your child to pick out their 5 favorite candies and bring the rest to a candy buy back.
  • Allow your child to trade their candy in for a toy or experience they have been wanting.
  • Don’t keep leftover candy in your child’s room. Store in the kitchen or pantry and allow it in moderation.
  • Serve a healthy and filling meal before your kids head out on Halloween so they are less likely to over-eat candy.
  • Set a good example by consuming candy in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Halloween Candy Alternatives

Recipes

Pumpkin Loaf with Dried Cherries

IngredientsPumpkin cranberry bread

  • 1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed (if you like seeds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees. Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray (or grease it with oil).
  2. Put the flours, seeds, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in the small bowl and use the whisk to mix well. Set aside.
  3. Put the pumpkin, oil, honey, brown sugar and eggs in the large bowl and use the mixer or a spoon to combine until well blended.
  4. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in the dried cherries.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean with no batter on it, 50-55 minutes.
  6. Set aside to cool in the pan. Turn the loaf out onto the cooling rack and let cool completely. Enjoy!

Purple Monster Smoothie (makes 3-4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberriesPurple smoothie with a cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • Leaves from one bunch celery (or half of one celery stalk works, too)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and

Early Detection is the Best Way to Fight Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to equip people with the information and resources they need to spread awareness within their own family and circle of friends. It’s a time dedicated toward helping people understand how prominent breast cancer is and what can be done to help prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease.

What can we, as a community, do to fight breast cancer and bring more awareness to the cause?

In 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

Our goal at Hutchinson Health is to encourage self-exams, screenings, and mammograms to aid in early detection. Together, we can make progress and lead a strong fight against this disease.

Breast Cancer Awareness ribbonEarly detection includes a number of important tasks

Please discuss breast cancer prevention and early detection with your provider. Make annual wellness exams a priority, and schedule your appointment today.

For more breast cancer statistics, visit Breastcancer.org