Eastern Sierra Flu Update
Inyo and Mono County public information officer Dr. Richard Johnson is urging folks to gear up for flu season. Dr. Johnson has submitted the following report.
Flu Season May Be Severe
It’s time to turn our attention away from Ebola for a moment, and focus on influenza. Two people have died from Ebola so far in the United States, but many thousands are expected to die from influenza infections and complications this winter.
The flu season has begun earlier than last year, with high levels of illness being reported from states in the southeast. Five pediatric deaths have been reported so far. Over 500 hospitalizations have been reported nationally. Southern California is reporting increased flu activity, with an outbreak in a long-term care facility occurring already. Only sporadic activity has been reported in the Eastern Sierra so far.
Two additional facts are cause for concern:
Influenza A (H3N2) viruses are most common so far (91% of 1,200 specimens tested). Seasons in which this strain predominates are associated with more severe illness and death, especially in older people and young children.
More than half of the specimens analyzed so far indicate that the virus circulating in the community has mutated. This means that the vaccine will not be as effective as it usually is.
What Should You Do?
1.Get your flu vaccination from you healthcare provider, pharmacy, or health department. This is still the single most important thing you can do to prevent serious illness or death from the flu. Getting a vaccine that provides at least partial protection may be more important than ever. Even though there may be decreased protection against the drifted strains, cross protection may reduce the likelihood of severe outcomes such as hospitalization and death. The time to act is NOW, since the vaccine takes effect after 2 weeks. This means you have little time to get vaccinated before seeing grandma or the grand-kids during the holiday season. Annual flu vaccination is recommended for all persons aged >6 months, and is particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu, including:
a.all children aged 6 months through 5 years of age and persons >64 years of age
b.anyone who has chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, hepatitis, neurological, or metabolic disorders
c.persons who have suppressed immune systems due to disease or medication
d.women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season
e.children and adolescents on long-term aspirin therapy
f.residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
g.American Indians/Alaska Natives
h.Persons who are morbidly obese (BMI>39)
2.As always, but even more important this year, people at high risk for serious flu complications should see a health care professional promptly if they get flu symptoms, even if they have been vaccinated. There are 2 prescription drugs that can be used to treat the flu or to prevent infection with flu viruses following exposure. Treatment with these antivirals works best when begun within 48 hours of getting sick, but can still be beneficial when given later in the course of the illness. They can make your illness milder and shorter, and can lessen the risk of being hospitalized or dying from the flu. They are effective across all age and risk groups.
3.And, of course, take everyday preventive actions to prevent infection with and spread of infections:
a.Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or elbow
b.Stay away from sick people
c.Stay home from work or school if you are sick
d.Wash your hands often
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Sign Up Now to Participate in Bishop’s Community Christmas Events
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
We’ve turned the calendar page to November and that means the Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce is already busy planning several events to ring in the holiday season. They are seeking your participation.
On Friday night, December 5th, everyone is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Bishop City Park. Festivities will include hot chocolate & cookies, carolers and a visit from Santa! Following the tree lighting, shoppers can get a great start on Christmas Shopping by taking a stroll downtown through the Street of Lights. Many businesses will be open late, and shoppers will have a chance to win great raffle prizes by having the official Street of Lights map stamped by participating merchants.
On Saturday, December 6th the annual Christmas Parade will celebrate the theme “Connecting Christmas Past with Christmas Future.” Now is the time to register your float, car, waking or equestrian group.
It is free and easy to join in the Home & Business Decorating Contest. Once your decorations are up, simply give the Chamber a call to sign up or nominate a location. They’ll come out and take pictures and upload to the Chamber Facebook page then winners will be determined by “likes.”
The Bishop Area Chamber extends an invitation to everyone to join in these fun and important community events. Please mark your calendars now.
For more information or to sign-up, please drop by the chamber office at 690 North Main Street, or telephone April at (760) 873-8405.
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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ON CACTI & SUCCULENT WORKSHOP FROMINYO-MONO MASTER GARDENERS
Date: For Immediate Release, Nov. 1, 2014
Cacti and Succulent Workshop
The Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners would like to invite the general public to attend a workshop on cacti and succulents on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. It will be held at the U.S. Forest Service Building on West Line Street in Bishop.
SUCCULENTS AND CACTI ARE ALL THE RAGE
Have you thought of using succulents in a bridal bouquet? How about using pumpkins and succulents for a Thanksgiving centerpiece? Is a Christmas cactus a staple in your house?
Cactus and succulents are perfect for the busy gardener as they require less maintenance and water in the garden and in the home. These plants are used in the home landscape, container gardening and indoor terrariums. They can be sculptural in the garden or used for the shape and color of their leaves.
Join the Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, and learn about cacti and succulents. Sherry Cosgrove of Keeler Beach Farm and the Inyo Mono Master Gardener Program present a workshop on Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2PM-3PM at the US Forest Service Building, W. Line St. Bishop.
Learn about cacti and succulents from around the world. Propagation, soils and care and feeding of these unusual and exotic plants will be highlighted as we see many varieties on display. Attendees receive free cuttings and some plants will be for sale.
Questions to Susan Flaherty, Master Gardener Coordinator, 760 873-3179.
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Broncos JV Football, 2014
Game: Bishop vs. Rosamond at Bishop
Photos by Gary Young.
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Broncos Varsity Football, 2014
Game: Bishop vs. Rosamond at Bishop
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BONEFIDE DOG TRAINING HAS NEW OUTDOOR OFFICE
Bishop, CA—Starting November 1, 2014 Bonefide Dog Training will be closing its doors at 162 West Line Street in Bishop, and instead will be offering classes in various outdoor locations throughout Bishop and Mammoth.
“This is a great opportunity to go back to our roots and take classes outdoors, which is where we started the business.” explains Nancy Hardy, Owner and Trainer at Bonefide Dog Training. “Outdoor classes allow us to focus more energy on training, which is the heart and soul of our business.”
New locations for classes will be posted on the Class Schedule Calendar on Bonefide Dog Training’s web site, www.bonefidedogtraining.com as well as on their Facebook page.
Starting November 8th , Nancy will be offering two classes; Bonefide Basic Class which is a beginning dog training class for dogs 6 months and older who have had no prior training. This basic training class will run from 11am -12pm every Saturday for 6 weeks. And the Puppy Kindergarten is a class for puppies 10 to 17 weeks. This class will run from 1:30pm-2:30pm every Saturday for 6 weeks.
Nancy Hardy has been successfully training dogs for seven years and as a graduate of Animal Behavior College (ABC) has earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. ABC is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.
For the past seven years, over 300 local canines have become better family members through Bonefide Dog Training. Raven Angeles confirms, “These classes are helpful should either you or your dog need a refresher on any topic or just want to extend class socialization. It’s not always work, Nancy teaches educational, thinking and exercise games to keep your dog happy and healthy.”
For more information or to register your dog in a class, please call Nancy at 760-920-0006.
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DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR SHOP-WITH-A-COP
Members of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Office, Bishop Police Department, and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and other criminal justice agencies are busy planning the fourth annual Shop-with-a-Cop, scheduled for Saturday, December 13. This is a special day where local law enforcement helps families in the Eastern Sierra have a nice Christmas. Children from disadvantaged families are identified by the various departments. On Saturday morning, the children are picked up at their homes by the police officer “partner” and taken to breakfast.
After breakfast, they respond code three (red lights and siren) from breakfast to K-Mart in Bishop where they are each provided with $200 to shop for Christmas for their families. After shopping, volunteers wrap the gifts and the officers and their new partner travel home where an early Christmas celebration begins.
K-Mart has been very generous in providing additional gift cards and all the wrapping materials.
The goal is to provide Christmas for 50 families in the Eastern Sierra. That means $10,000 must be raised. Various organizations and individuals have provided funds, more are needed. Anyone interested in making a donation may drop it off at either the Mammoth Lakes Police Department or Bishop Police Department. Checks should be made to MLPOA with “Shop-with-a-Cop” written in the “For” line.
And, if anyone is having a difficult time getting into the spirit of the holidays, drop by K-Mart around ten in the morning on December 13 and volunteer to wrap gifts. It’s guaranteed you’ll leave feeling much better about yourself!
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