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Tribal Health and Wellness News

The Lifestyle Balance Program Protect Your Family Against
Coming in March, 2015
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

What: Weekly classes on Healthy Eating You may have heard on the news that 13 students
and Being Active at Roosevelt High School in Seattle have been
diagnosed with pertussis (Whooping Cough). All
When: TBA starting in March or most of these students had been vaccinated.
Where: At the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center If anyone asks about this here are some talking
If you’re interested in learning to eat healthier and learning how to be more
physically active, then this program is right for you! „„Vaccines are generally about 80-90% effective
against the disease we’re trying to prevent. We
To learn more about this program please contact Pat Odiorne, at 360-273- don’t know why some people don’t respond to
5504 EXT. 1884 or email: or Christina Hicks, vaccines.
at 360-709-1741 or email: You can stop by the
clinic to see them too. „„Vaccine effectiveness decreases over time
and the thought now is that pertussis vaccine
The goal is to help people lose at least 7% of body fat, and give you the tools immunity lasts anywhere from 2-10 years, with
to continue with living a more physically active and healthy lifestyle. no real predictability as to who will be the 2-
versus the 10- year folks.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
years and for males through age 21 years who „„This outbreak demonstrates why we SHOULD
Cervical cancer is have not been vaccinated previously. Any man vaccinate rather than prove there’s no point
highly preventable who has sex with other men, and men with to it. If 100% of the people are vaccinated
because screening compromised immune systems (including human there are fewer carriers and this protects the
tests for cervical cancer and vaccines to prevent immunodeficiency virus infection), also may be people who can’t get vaccinated or are “non-
human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the main vaccinated through age 26 years. responders” to the vaccine.
cause of cervical cancer, are available. However,
half of cervical cancers occur among women Information about HPV vaccines is available at „„For pertussis in particular, if you get this
rarely or never screened for cancer, and another disease you will have the “whooping” cough
10%–20% of cancers occur among women who for about three months and cough medicine is
were screened but did not receive adequate Additional information about CDC programs that generally ineffective. Additionally, any cold
follow-up care. When cervical cancer is found promote early detection and treatment of cervical or other respiratory illness you get for the
early, it is highly treatable and associated with cancer is available from the National Breast and next year will often re-trigger the “whooping”
long survival and good quality of life. Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at cough.

For women aged 21–65 years, regular cervical „„Who should get vaccinated?
cancer screening can help prevent cancer.
The PaP test detects precancers, which are At the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center, we have o ALL people around babies as they can-
cell changes on the cervix that might become two women health care providers who can talk not get vaccinated until 2 months of age.
cancerous if they are not treated appropriately. to you more about cervical cancer and screening Babies are the most vulnerable to death
Women should start getting Pap tests at age 21 guidelines that are best for you. To make an from Whooping Cough.
years old. appointment call the Chehalis Tribal Wellness
Center at 360-273-5504 with Molly Mellon o ALL pregnant women, during EACH
To help prevent cervical cancer, vaccines or Catherine Cassey. You could also talk to pregnancy (during the last trimester).
are available to prevent HPV infection. HPV Christina Hicks, Community Wellness Program
vaccines offer the greatest health benefit to Manager at 360-709-1741. o Anyone who is due for their 10-year
persons who receive all 3 doses before exposure tetanus booster.
to HPV through sexual activity. Routine HPV
vaccination is recommended for girls and o Anyone who hasn’t had the pertussis
boys at age 11 or 12 years. Vaccination also booster in the last 5-7 years, including
is recommended for females through age 26 teenagers.

o Remind our Elders that having had
Whooping Cough as a child does NOT
protect you as an adult.

Please contact the Chehalis Wellness Center if
you have any questions! 360-273-5504.

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