Health
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Rotary gives reason to smile
The Nanticoke Rotary Club, under the direction of recently elected president Joe Gast, is busy spreading smiles across the Greater Seaford area. In support of Operation Smile, a not-for-profit volunteer medical services organization that provides reconstructive surgery to children and young adults in developing countries and the United States, the Nanticoke Rotary Club will be coordinating fund-raising efforts in Western Sussex County. In developing countries, the number of children with facial deformities, including cleft lips and cleft plates, is nearly double that in the United States. These children suffer not only from medical complications, such as malnutrition, infection and disease, but from social humiliation and isolation as well. Today, Operation Smile volunteers travel to 20 countries annually in addition to the Untied States. Since 1983, tens of thousands of children and young adults have been treated. Local businesses can help bring this needed medical care to children by allowing the Nanticoke Rotary to place an Operation Smile display in your location where your customers and visitors can deposit their donation. The eye catching “smiley face” collection display will most definitely generate conversation and leave people feeling the positive emotions gained by helping others. If you are a customer, or passerby, please consider making a contribution to help bring a smile to the face of an underprivileged child. The Nanticoke Rotary Club meets at noon every Wednesday at the Methodist Manor House. Should you have any questions regarding Rotary or if you would like to participate in Operation Smile please contact either Thomas Brown at 629-6611 or Joe Gast at 629-4514.
Nanticoke Memorial offering flu shots
It’s not too late to get a flu shot. Influenza is a serious disease that affects many people, including the elderly and those with serious, long-term health problems. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering flu shots to the public on Monday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 6 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located in the Community Room of the hospital. The cost of the vaccination will be $5. The vaccine is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. The influenza vaccine is recommended for elderly and high-risk individuals. Healthy working adults may also benefit from the influenza vaccination. Large outbreaks of influenza usually do not occur before December in the United States and reach a peak between late December and early March and may continue into the spring. The duration of protection conferred by the influenza vaccine generally begins one to two weeks after injection and may last six months or longer. For additional information contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2609. No appointment or pre-registration is required.