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Health And Fitness

Two Behavioral Health Organizations Join Forces in Eastern Iowa

Leadership at the Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC), serving Linn, Benton, Jones, Jackson and Clinton counties, and the Substance Abuse Service Center (SASC), covering Dubuque and Delaware counties, are pleased to announce an agreement between the two agencies to align under the name of ASAC effective July, 1 2022. This move follows a nationwide-wide trend of bringing together successful organizations and services to strengthen and support a strong system of health care.

FDA Limits Use of Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to Certain Individuals

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has limited the authorized use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older for whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate, and to individuals 18 years of age and older who elect to receive the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and The Iowa Departments of Public Health and Human Services, soon to be the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are urging Iowans to prioritize their mental health. After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being.

Make It Home to Your Mom This Mother's Day

The Iowa State Patrol is teaming up with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Region 7 states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska for the Slow Down Move Over enforcement campaign to remind drivers to obey the speed limits and to move over for emergency vehicles this Mother’s Day weekend. Mother’s Day is May 8 and law enforcement agencies from our region will be out trying to prevent crashes, save lives and raise awareness about the dangers of speeding all weekend, from May 6 – 8.

Low Dose Lung Cancer Screening available at Virginia Gay Hospital

Andrew Dickson, RT(R)  Lung cancer is the third most common and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  Most patients with lung cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages, and effective early screening strategies are a major public health priority.  As with all cancers, early detection is key to a better prognosis.   Low dose CT is a chest CT scan performed at settings to minimize radiation exposure compared to normal CT chest exams.
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BCPH Vaccine Clinics for May 2022

VGH Encourage-19 Vaccination shares Quarantine & Isolation Calculator

The CDC now offers a COVID "Quarantine and Isolation Calculator" to help you determine what you should do if you become ill with COVID-19 or have symptoms. Click here  to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19.Video  

Atkins Family Medical Clinic Closed today, April 22

Atkins Family Medical Clinic will be closed today Friday, April 22nd.
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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month and an opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol abuse and encourage Iowans to make healthy, safe choices. Alcohol is the most frequently used substance in Iowa. Alcohol use in the past 30 days is higher for Iowans compared to the national rate. From 2008-2019, the rate of alcohol-involved deaths increased by more than 73%.

Blood Drive April 21 at Vinton-Shellburg

There will be a  blood drive on Thursday, April 21 at the High School from 8:30-1:20 p.m.The blood drive will be in the high school auxiliary gym. It’s from 8:30-1:20. The goal is to have 45 appointments and am currently at 37. Appointments are required. The link to sign up is below!
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