National Suicide Prevention Month
According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), each year more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. IASP points out that “regardless of the circumstances, communities have an important role to play in supporting those who are vulnerable”. Read More.
September is Healthy Aging® Month
Healthy Aging Month® is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The mission of Healthy Aging® Month is to encourage and promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health. Read more.
Shingles Vaccine Update
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine) was licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017. The CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. Shingrix is the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006. Zostavax may still be used to prevent shingles in healthy adults 60 years and older. For example, Zostavax can be used if a person is allergic to Shingrix, prefers Zostavax, or requests immediate vaccination and Shingrix is unavailable. Read more.
OCES Receives High Marks on Nutrition Survey!
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OCES Volunteer Center!
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New Medicare Cards
New Medicare cards will be mailed between April 2018 and April 2019. Read more.