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The educational committee is hard at work debating, haggling and calling on the best, brightest and experienced speakers they can find for the educational seminar. This can only be interrupted by an honest to goodness Kansas City hoe down at the Benjamin Ranch where fun can only be the standard and not just an empty promise.
The Gala night is slated none like others I have been to. Highly energetic worker bees as the PNAGKC "core" have decided to give the night a theme strolling down memory lane with the music, the fashion and the glamour of the 60's and the 70's. So dust off  the clothing you've been waiting to revive and bring 'em down as well.
Other surprises are in store for the weary attendees. Kansas City, with its centrality, history and friendly atmosphere can only mean one thing. A good time mixing Midwest brand of hospitality and a refreshing welcome from the Filipino community in the center of the old US of A. Oh, did I mention something about an interstate golf tournament for the wonderful better halves?

(continued from page 1 flu vaccine)

of vaccine in your area. More doses of vaccine will be going out in the next 6-7 weeks so there will be more opportunity for those who need the vaccine to get it in time for this year's influenza season," said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding. The flu season generally peaks between late December and early March.

Based on CDC information on geographic locations of high priority risk groups and Aventis Pasteur US information on providers, this round of influenza vaccine went to:
Department of Veterans Affair
Long Term Care Facilities/Acute Care Hospitals
State Public Health Officials
Vaccine for Children Program
Private Providers Who Care for             Young Children
More than 2 million doses of the influenza vaccine were shipped the past weeks  by Aventis Pasteur to health care providers throughout the country who serve the high priority groups recommended by the CDC. The following groups have been identified as priority for vaccinations:
Adults 65 years and older

Persons with underlying chronic medical conditions
Pregnant women during the influenza season
Resident of nursing homes and long term health care facilities
Health care workers with direct patient care
Out of home caregivers and household contacts of infants less than 6 months old
Children aged 6 to 23 months (Check with pediatrician or local health department)
Children 6 months to 18  years of age with chronic aspirin therapy

The flu shots clinics started October 4 and since then, the American Red Cross Greater Kansas City chapter has vaccinated over 10,000 Kansas Citians, over half of the 18,000 vaccinations the chapter has originally planned to provide.  Considering this year's influenza vaccine shortage  and implementation by CDC to give vaccine to priority groups, the American Red Cross offers common sense ways to live healthfully this flu season  even without the benefit of the flu vaccine.

  1. Get enough sleep and rest  ( 7 hours for adults and more for children and teens)

  1. Manage stress, exercise regularly and don't smoke
  2. Eat healthfully, don't skip breakfast. Keep your immune system strong by eating foods rich in Vitamin A,C and E ; milk, eggs and fish oil; citrus fruits, melons and red peppers; nuts spinach, peanut butter and corn oil.
  3. Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water and rub vigorously for 30 seconds
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose
  5. If you don't have a tissue or handkerchief, and when it is not possible to wash  your hands right away, sneeze into your sleeves, not in your hands.
  6. Carry hand sanitizers when  soap and water are not handy.
  7. Drink lots of water. Eight glasses of fluid a day is essential to health
  8. Do not refill bottles of water. Bottles can accumulate germs .
  9. Elderly and those poor in health should avoid crowds and people with cough and colds
And if you get the flu, please stay home from work or school, rest and recover, so you don't infect   others!  Your co-workers does not want your germs and neither do I. 
Source:  CDC and American Red Cross.

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