Health
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Coping with Alzheimer’s
There will be a Health Seminar “Caregivers: Coping with Alzheimer’s,” held at the CHEER Community Center located at 20520 Sand Hill Road in Georgetown from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. There is no charge for the seminar and it is open to all caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims and to Alzheimer’s victims themselves. Lunch will be available. Pre-registration is necessary as seating is limited. For more information or to register for this informative seminar, call 854-9500.

SARS Guidelines
Recent calls to Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) indicate heightened concern regarding Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) among Delaware residents and employers. Delaware hospitals have reported an increase in questions about the need for isolation and quarantine and in requests for surgical masks for use as protective devices. Although various respiratory illnesses persist in the community, no cases of SARS have been identified in Delaware since the disease was first described in March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Travelers to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Hanoi, Vietnam or those who have come into contact with someone known to have SARS should monitor their own health and seek medical attention only if they develop the following symptoms within 10 days:
  • Fever over 100.4 F and
  • One or more of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, tests indicating low levels of oxygen in the blood, or X-ray findings of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress.
Residents with questions or concerns about SARS can contact DPH 24 hours a day at 888-295-5156.
Free car seat checks
Most parents and caregivers put a lot of effort into installing and securing their children in car seats and think they are using them correctly. Still, statistics from Delaware car seat checks in 2002 have found that 82 percent were being used incorrectly. Child car seat checks promoting child safety in motor vehicles are held periodically throughout Sussex County. Certified child passenger technicians educate parents and caregivers on the proper use of vehicle restraints, check for manufacturer recalls, and assist with the correct installation of their child car seats. Car seat check is scheduled for Monday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Seaford Parks and Recreation, Virginia Avenue, Seaford. Many organizations offer free child car seat checks by appointment as well. For more information on child passenger safety or to arrange for a car seat inspection, contact the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Community Traffic Safety Program Coordinator at 856-2585, ext. 326.

DPH to monitor vaccine
Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) will begin monitoring smallpox vaccine recipients and potential recipients for heart problems after a Maryland health professional died of a heart attack after being vaccinated. None of Delaware’s smallpox vaccinees have reported adverse reactions, including heart problems. From the inception of Delaware's smallpox vaccination program last month, DPH’s vaccination procedures have included a review of each individual’s health history to rule out conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and chronic diseases that compromise immunity, in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations. There are no plans to provide smallpox vaccination to the general public at this time.