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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Calendar

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer affects both men and women, is the second leading cancer-related killer in the United States and is the third most common cancer in men and women, but it is preventable and outcomes are better when cancer is found at an early stage.

Several screening methods are available, including take-home options. Many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help people who are uninsured.

The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC) is encouraging residents to add fiber-rich foods to their diet through its “Fiber Matters: Fiber Fridays” initiative by designating Fridays during March as a jumping-off point to a more healthful lifestyle. For additional information on free educational programs offered in both counties during the month of March, contact RCDC Coordinator Lucille Talbot at (908) 203-6077 or ytalbot@co.somerset.nj.us.

Somerset County residents can learn if they are eligible for low-cost or reduced-cost medical care, including exams and screenings, by calling Zufall Health Center in Somerville (hablamos espanol) at (908) 526-2335.

 

 

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Rabies Clinic April 1st

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pennington Borough Public Works Garage

301 N. Main Street, Pennington

DOGS:  9:00 am – 10:00 am

CATS:   10:00 am-11:00 am

For Safety’s sake

Please, no children under age 7.

Dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash—No retractable leashes!

Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged.

Dogs must be under control of an adult at all times.

Cats must be in a carrier

For more information, go to Animal Control’s Rabies Immunizations webpage or call Montgomery Township Animal Control  908-359-4308.

 

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Flu Vax Clinics by Somerset County

Have you been noticing how many people appear to be under the weather?  It could be just a cold or it could be the flu, especially since the New Jersey Department of Health reports flu activity is high in Somerset County, and in all areas of New Jersey.   If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this season, now is the time!

Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health & safety division liaison, invites Somerset County adults age 18 and older to take advantage of one of the following opportunities to protect themselves against the flu with a free flu shot:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 4  to 6 p.m. at the Somerset County Human Services Building, 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Township Public Library, 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.

The clinics are being hosted by the Somerset County Health Department.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu, especially very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed days from work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response, so the sooner you are vaccinated, the better.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot by the end of October each year, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends ongoing flu vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating.  Seasonal flu activity can continue to occur as late as May.

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” can be serious.  It is a contagious viral infection that mostly affects the respiratory system:  nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  In some cases, people may experience vomiting and diarrhea.

Source: Somerset County Health Dept.