In this Nuggets program from our archive, local health care provider Keith Kehoe talks about the reasons he sees patients this time of year, and gives us some advice about how to stay out of trouble!
The Sunshine Community Health Center, in conjunction with the Mat Su Public Health Center, is hosting a mass H1N1 vaccine dispensing clinic this Thursday.
The clinic will be at the Montana Creek Baptist Church at milepost 98.5 of the Parks Highway. The state supply restrictions have been lifted and the vaccine is now available and free of charge for all interested residents in the northern valley over six months of age. The clinic is scheduled for 1 pm to 6 pm. It will be provided on a first come first served basis, while the vaccine lasts.
The seasonal flu vaccine will also be available upon request at the same clinic.
Any individual that has specific health care concerns and questions is encouraged to talk to their primary health care provider before getting the vaccines.
The vaccine is being transported from the lower Mat Su area, so sudden, severe winter weather conditions could change clinic day and time.
This event has been in the planning for several weeks and a number of local EMS volunteers will be on hand to assist in dispensing the vaccine.
The state of Alaska is now allowing anyone who wants the H1N1 vaccine to receive it. (more…)
A long overdue memorial was unveiled at the Sunshine Community Health Clinic on Sunday. Friends and collegues gathered at the health center to remember Jessica Stevens, PA, and to applaud the permanent reminder of her dedication to the health and well being of those in the Upper Valley and around the world.
On Friday, students of the Talkeetna Elementary, Trapper Creek Elementary and Su Valley High schools lined up to be vaccinated against the swine flu. The vaccinations were not mandatory but most students had their parent’s consent to get either the nasal spray or shot to ward off the H1N1 virus. (more…)
SUNSHINE TRANSIT— When winter moved in last Wednesday in form of a steady and substantial snowfall, the free Sunshine Transit running from downtown Talkeetna via the Sunshine Community Health Center to the Parks Highway and back provided a safe way to get around. John Lingon caught a ride from Whigmi Road to get to work in town. Photo by Diana Haecker
School nurse Barbara Mercer is headed to Wasilla this week to pick up vaccines for students in Trapper Creek and Talkeetna Elementaries as well as Su Valley High.
The first batch of H1N1 vaccines arrived in Talkeetna’s Sunshine Community Health Center recently and is available for a few targeted populations. The clinic received 20 doses of the vaccine which contains a weakened live virus. Sunshine clinic doctor Mary Loeb explained that this particular vaccine is in the form of a nasal spray. Since it contains the weakened live virus, it is only to be given out to healthy people from 2 to 49 years of age. Pregnant women or persons with existing health problems like heart diseases, kidney diseases or asthma are not eligible. Since there is only a limited amount of the vaccine available, the Sunshine Health Center aims to administer the vaccines first to day care workers who take care of small children, and children between 2 and 4 years of age. (more…)
Mat-Su public health officials are gearing up to organize their first large-scale H1N1 vaccination clinics. As the swine flu vaccine trickles into Alaska and is distributed by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Mat-Su School District has announced swine flu vaccination clinics to be held at Colony High School on November 14, November 21 and December 21. Mat-Su Public Health holds a walk-in clinic on Friday, October 30.