Free Flu Shots Given to More Than 14,000 at Drive-Thru Clinics

flu clinic 2014Getting protected from influenza doesn’t get much easier than this. At this past weekend’s drive-through flu clinic at Dorney and Coca-Cola parks, children older than 6 months and adults were vaccinated without leaving the comfort of their cars — or even getting out their wallets. The wait was 30 minutes or less.

With the help of about 1,000 volunteers, Lehigh Valley Health Network gave free flu shots to 14,101 people during the event Saturday and Sunday: 7,291 at Dorney Park and 6,810 at Coca-Cola Park.

There was no charge for the vaccinations, but recipients were asked to donate nonperishable food for local shelters. Volunteers collected more than 18,000 pounds of food.

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Hazleton Pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, Discusses Mumps on FYI 13 News

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A suspected case of mumps at Drums Elementary/Middle School has brought awareness to the childhood condition. Recently, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) pediatrician James Caggiano, MD, who practices at the Hazleton Shopping Center, discussed what parents need to know about mumps on FYI News Channel 13.

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by the mumps virus. Before the routine vaccination program was introduced in the United States, mumps was common in infants, children and young adults. Fortunately, most people have now been vaccinated, and mumps has become a rare disease in the U.S. The current two-dose childhood vaccination coverage reduced disease rates by 99 percent.

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Trick-or-Treat Tips: Protect Children With Food Allergies and Prevent Cavities

Later this week, children will don their costumes and candy bags for some trick-or-treat fun. And surely they’ll want to devour the Halloween candy they collect in the days (or hours) that follow.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors encourage kids to enjoy their treats safely this holiday season. Two of them shared some helpful tips in the news media today.

Alvaro Reymunde, MD, an LVHN pediatrician in the Hazleton area, spoke to The Standard Speaker for an article about how to make trick-or-treating safe for children with food allergiesJacquline Owens, DMD, was featured on WFMZ-TV this morning about keeping healthy teeth while still enjoying sweets. Read More »

Ebola Readiness at Lehigh Valley Health Network: Education, Communication, Equipment, Practice

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Terry Burger, RN, demonstrated for WFMZ-TV how to put on personal protective equipment before having contact with a patient possibly infected with Ebola. Watch the video.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) colleagues are trained to respond should a case of Ebola appear in the area. They’ve already practiced protocols with a few patients who, fortunately, did not have Ebola.

LVHN has established a comprehensive network response using its incident command team structure. The response focuses on three messages, says Terry Burger, RN, director of infection control and prevention: early identification, isolation and communication.

The health network also has an ample supply of protective gear for clinicians caring for someone who might have Ebola, and those caregivers are taught how to properly put on and take off the personal protective equipment to avoid self-contamination, she says. She demonstrates how in this WFMZ-TV video report.

An emergency preparedness team of 10-15 employees across numerous departments is meeting regularly to ensure everyone is ready, she told for this report that published today. Read More »

Ninth Annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Honor Burn Heroes and Survivors

Residents from northern and northeastern Pennsylvania were honored for acts of heroism or commitment to burn education last night at the ninth annual Valley Preferred Spirit of Courage Awards Celebration held at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.

The program was started locally by the Burn Prevention Network in partnership with Valley Preferred and Lehigh Valley Health Network to recognize people who go “above and beyond” to perform a heroic act to save someone from burn deaths or injury. Valley Preferred, a provider-owned, preferred provider organization, is sponsoring the program to raise public awareness regarding burn safety and prevention.

“Valley Preferred is honored to join in the efforts to recognize first responders for their acts of courage, as well as support ongoing programs promoting fire safety and burn prevention education,” says Valley Preferred executive director Jack Lenhart, MD. “The lifesaving efforts of first responders and burn prevention education are two of the most meaningful ways to protect the health of families here in our community.” Read More »

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