Health

Wed
09
Dec

Flu shots still available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is still offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. The Hi Dose flu vaccine is also still available. Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660.   When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

Wed
09
Dec

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital, continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847#. You will then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
09
Dec

New CDC guidelines for quarantine and COVID testing; How they affect the local community

December 2, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines were updated once again, stating that anyone exposed to a positive COVID-19 person can have their quarantine end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. For those who are currently in quarantine, that means your quarantine time is decreased by four days as long as you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with any symptoms must remain in quarantine and should then be tested.

If you choose, you can take a test on Day 5 or after following your exposure, and if negative, you can be off quarantine after day 7 following your exposure, again if no symptoms have developed. Once learning of your exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, you can look ahead and schedule your test for Day 5;  however it does take up to 72 hours to receive test results, so again you must remain on quarantine until that negative result is received.

Wed
09
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Jim Johnson by Joann Peake, James Klenske, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, and Marvin and Marjorie Strike.

Memorials were also received in memory of Vernis Haberichter by Audrey Angel, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and Marjorie Strike and Betty White.

Fred and Geralyn Smith, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, and Chuck and  Lois Votsmier all made a memorial donation in memory Sharon Brown.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Richard Baumgartner by Chuck and Lois Votsmier; in memory of Jean Lydon by Karen and Cletus Mathis; in memory of Ann Gallagher by Dave and Laurie Martin and in memory of Barbara Leppert by Patsy Kerndt.

Wed
09
Dec

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line is still available

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call a 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988, but during social distancing Helping Services advocates noticed a decline in calls.

The agency responded by implementing a secure chat option for anyone in need of reaching a local advocate. Whether chatting or calling, a trained Advocate will respond 24 hours a day.

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Advocates work alongside survivors to achieve their best outcome. All services provided are at no cost to the survivor and are confidential. For more info about Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center call 800-383-2988 or chat with someone at HelpingServices.org/chat to reach an advocate.
 

Wed
09
Dec

Quitline Iowa to quit tobacco use

Quitline Iowa is a free service with a team of coaches trained to safely guide those who want to quit tobacco down a path to success. Iowa residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or by visiting www.quitlineiowa.org.
 

Wed
02
Dec

The Big “C” Christmas Fantasy Silent Auction remains open for bidding through December 7


Christmas Fantasy Silent Auction displays available at several Waukon locations with bidding open to December 7 ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation “Big C” Christmas Fantasy Silent Auction will remain open for bids through the end of the business day Monday, December 7. Over 70 items are on display at 11 different locations in Waukon to promote ‘shopping at home’ this holiday season. Pictured in the surrounding photos are several of these displays located at Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Allamakee County Economic Development, Epic Wear, Upper Iowa Insurance and Teslow’s Formal Wear. Submitted photos.

The 29th annual Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy Silent Auction event will remain open only through December 7. The “Big C” Silent Auction is located within many local businesses in Waukon, all in an effort to promote ‘shopping at home’ this holiday season. These auction items not only offer a variety of Christmas gifts for sale locally, but encourage shoppers to do more local holiday shopping in safe settings, decreasing the amount of out-of-town shopping and creating more local store traffic, helping the local businesses.

Wed
02
Dec

Allamakee County Public Health is asking for everyone’s help in battling the escalating COVID-19 crisis in our community

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Allamakee County has dramatically risen with over 175 new cases in the past two weeks. This, in turn, has led to increasing hospitalization numbers in our county. The number of admissions for many hospitals in northeast Iowa are at or nearing capacity. There is a desperate need to flatten the curve, slow the spread and protect our community and its vulnerable populations. Healthcare facilities throughout the tri-state area are urging their communities to step up and assist in the mitigation effort. It is going to require more than just our medical professionals to fight this fight. It will take each and every one of us doing our part to decrease these skyrocketing statistics and help lessen the immense strain on our healthcare systems.

Wed
02
Dec

Give the gift of life this holiday season; Blood drive scheduled for December 7

The local blood drives continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood is in more demand than ever. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings.

The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation, and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The next local blood drive will be held Monday, December 7 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
02
Dec

Flu shots available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is now offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. The Hi Dose flu vaccine is also still available. Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660. When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

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