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Tribal Health and Wellness News WARNING: Deadly Infuenza Biggest Loser Outbreak Sweeping the United States For thousands of years our Tribal peoples in symptoms. Contest Washington lived on these lands and worked „ Educate staff and clients on the importance Biggest Loser Weigh-in Schedule to protect the health of our families and of basic hygiene such as covering coughs and communities. sneezes and frequent hand washing. Weigh-in Dates: The H1N1 virus knows no boundaries. All tribal „ Ensure staff and clients follow these good January 6, 2014 * people can be affected by it, and the impact will health manners. January 21 st likely be felt throughout our tribal communities „ Increase the frequency of deep cleaning in February 18 * th in Washington State. Tribal governments, Indian public areas and work areas. March 3 , rd leaders, tribal communities, and tribal individuals „ Separate staff or clients that have fu symptoms March 17 th must take this virus very seriously and take the from the group. March 31 st necessary precautions. April 14 th „ Sharing new information with the community th One of the greatest things we have to celebrate quickly. April 28 * is that we as tribal people and cultures continue These simple guidelines can help keep most of May 12 th th to survive and thrive despite insurmountable the threat away from our families. Together we May 27 th obstacles we have faced for more than 200 years. can protect our tribal communities today and in June 9 * The H1N1 virus is a new challenge, and it’s the future. (*Mandatory dates) critically important that tribal communities act quickly to guard against it. National reports now H1N1 or Swine fu is the most common strain You can come into the clinic on any of these tell us that Indian people are more susceptible of fu being seen across the US, and has claimed dates between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM to get to this virus than others, and we must take extra the lives of eight teenagers in Washington State weighed. Please ask for Sandra Burnett or call precautions. alone. her at 360-273-5504 ext.1744 H1N1 is no ordinary fu. It’s a proven deadly The Center for Disease Control recommends Monthly Lunch Time Healthy disease that targets a different group of people fu vaccination for ALL persons age 6 months Cooking Demonstration compared to the seasonal fu we see each fall and older if you don’t have a life-threatening and winter. This one attacks our children, young allergy to eggs. at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center on the adults, and pregnant women harder than it does Many adults remember getting fu shots in the following dates: our elders. They will suffer the most from this past, and getting sick afterwards, and there were illness. January 23 from Noon to 1:00 PM “live” virus vaccines used in the PAST. February 27 from Noon to 1:00 PM The greatest ally of the H1N1 virus is time and The fu vaccine being used at the Clinic March 27 from Noon to 1:00 PM inattention. We must work hard to protect our contains NO live virus. It is just a protein April 24 from Noon to 1:00 PM families in many ways. By following a few basic which starts the process of building antibodies May 22 from Noon to 1:00 PM tips, we can help protect our communities from to protecting each person from getting the fu. this threat. It can be taken even if you already have a cold CTG Healthy Cooking Class or an upper respiratory illness, since there is As Individuals we can: First Monday of each month at the Chehalis „ Stay home from school or work if we are sick. nothing in it to make you achy or feverish. Tribal Community Center’s Gathering Room. „ Wash our hands often with soap and water, Middle age community members can help especially after we cough or sneeze. protect those most vulnerable, the very January 6 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM „ Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap young and the Elders, by getting their own February 3 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and water aren’t available. vaccinations. This reduces the spread of fu in March 3 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM April 7 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM „ Sneeze or cough into your sleeve or a tissue, the Community, even if you feel that “I never May 5 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM get the fu.” then throw the tissue away. „ Get the H1N1 and the seasonal fu shots when NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED FOR THE Pat Odiorne, RD is also here to meet with available. FLU VACCINATION! GET YOURS ASAP! CTWC patients one-on-one for nutrition health As Tribal Employers we can: Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center education. Contact her at 360-273-5504 for an „ Tell staff or clients to stay home if they have fu Prevention Team appointment or more information. Page 4   
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