NET Health gets HPV grant
NET Health Immunization Coalition recently received a $1,995 grant from the Texas Medical Association’s Be Wise — Immunize program to provide HPV vaccinations to more than 100 adolescents and young adults.
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a common virus, often without symptoms. It can cause cervical cancer in women.
Each year, more than 300 Texas women die from cervical cancer. The HPV vaccination protects against two types of HPV that cause nearly 70 percent of cervical cancers. It helps prevent several other types of cancer in men and women as well.
Slightly more than half of Texas girls ages 13 to 17, 51 percent, receive the first HPV vaccine shot in the three-shot series, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Survey-Teen.
However, only 30 percent finish the entire vaccination series. For boys, the rates are even lower. Twenty-four percent get their first shot and only 7 percent complete the three-shot series. Texas’ vaccination rates are well below the Healthy People 2020 target of 80-percent coverage for the HPV series.
The Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants help Texas communities provide free and low-cost vaccinations to uninsured Texans. Since 2012, 26 grants totaling more than $40,000 have been awarded to Texas communities to improve Texans’ health.
Tatum church to hold blood drive
Bar None Cowboy Church is hosting a blood drive with Carter BloodCare from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 9162 Texas Highway 43 East in Tatum.
Blood donations save lives and every 90 seconds someone in North, Central and East Texas requires a blood transfusion. Giving blood in May also can help boost the community blood supply before the usual summer slump when blood donation is not always top-of-mind. The need for blood is ongoing and growing. Every day in the U.S., approximately 41,000 units of blood are required in hospitals and emergency treatment facilities for patients with cancer, those needing heart surgery or organ transplants; and to help save the lives of those in traumatic accidents. In 2013, Carter BloodCare delivered more than 440,000 blood components required for transfusion. Visit carterbloodcare.org/locations to find the nearest donor center or blood drive opportunity.
Potential blood donors may volunteer beginning at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently and there is no upper age limit for giving blood. All donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well on the day of donation and present a government-issued photo ID each time they give blood. Donors also are encouraged to eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water before giving blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.For more information or to make an appointment, call Charlotte Jordan at 903-574-4998.
Chinese medicine education event set May 30
Tyler Acupuncture and Wellness will hold an education event on balancing hormones at noon and 4 p.m. May 30 at the facility, 6647 Oak Hill Blvd.
The event is open to the general public. There is a $12 charge and attendees will receive a wellness gift. For more information, call 903-787-5842 or visit www.tyleracupuncture.com .
Tyler Internal Medicine observes Allergy Awareness Month
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and Tyler Internal Medicine Associates (TIMA) wants to bring awareness to East Texas about the increased risk of asthma and other severe reactions during the spring allergy season.
Doctors at TIMA said millions of people suffer from allergies caused by everyday exposures to allergens such as dust mites and pet dander, but during spring, there is an influx of allergy symptoms due to the increase in pollen and mold spores.
According to the National Surveillance of Asthma, asthma and allergies are the leading causes of childhood hospitalizations, long-term illnesses, and school absenteeism, accounting for nearly 10.5 million missed school days each year.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports show that the annual economic cost of asthma, including direct medical costs from hospital stays and indirect costs such as lost school and work days, amount to more than $56 billion annually. Together, asthma and allergies strike one out of five Americans and is the most prevalent chronic disease, ranking higher than cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Both asthma and allergies are among the countries most common, yet often overlooked, diseases. More Americans than ever before are suffering from allergies.
Residents of the East Texas area are exposed to a broad spectrum of environmentally produced allergens. Pollens from trees and grasses are the most prevalent. Doctors at TIMA said people experiencing symptoms such as an increase in sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itching in the throat and eyes or, skin, should be tested for allergies. The test is quick and noninvasive, and is the only way to determine what is making patients sick.
Undetected allergies can have a serious effect on asthmatics and their symptoms, including wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
For more information about TIMA or allergy testing, call 903-617-2650.
Lighten Up East Texas seeking ‘Inspiration’ nominations
Lighten Up East Texas is seeking nominations for its Fit City Inspiration Award. Applications are due by 5 p.m. June 2. LUET officials will announce winners June 12 at the Lighten Up East Texas celebration on the patio of FRESH.
Eligible nominees may be any company that has established a successful wellness program for their employees or members, an individual who has achieved results through healthy living, or any group that has made a significant impact on health living in the community.
To nominate a deserving group, a successful business or a person who has motivated you to practice healthy living, go to www.LightenUpEastTexas.com and complete the application that is provided on the homepage. The online application should include contact information and explaining the successes of the applicant in an essay of 300 words or less.
Selected winners will receive a crystal statue for their accomplishments at the June 12 celebration. They’ll be given the opportunity to share their successes and answer questions about their story.
For more information, contact Terrence Ates at 903-535-0030, ext. 223.