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Recent Cases at Kentucky Universities Highlight Risk

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 9, 2016)— The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is advising parents of college students to make sure their child is up-to-date on  vaccination for protection against mumps, an infectious disease that has been reported recently at Kentucky universities – as well as other college campuses around the country.

Public health officials say recent cases at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville underscore the importance of vaccines for college-age children. DPH encourages college students and their parents to check vaccination records and ensure college students are up-to-date on the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine by having two doses at least 28 days apart.

“Absent of documentation that confirms two doses have been given, it would be prudent for students attending colleges or other post-high school educational institutions to receive another MMR vaccination,” said Dr. Ardis Hoven, an infectious disease specialist for DPH. “Please consult with your physician or health care provider regarding this important matter.”

Mumps is no longer common in the United States, but periodic mumps outbreaks can occur, particularly in winter and spring. Crowded environments, such as college classes, organized sports, or dormitories, are a major contributing factor to the spread of mumps if the virus is introduced. As the time for spring break on college campuses approaches and many students will be vacationing with friends, Kentucky college students may travel to places where mumps virus is circulating, thereby coming into close contact with people infectious with mumps. 

 Mumps is primarily known for swelling of the parotid glands, which results in puffy cheeks and swollen jaws. Other common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. Some people who get mumps have very mild or no symptoms, and do not know they are infected. However, serious complications can occur in adolescents and adults who have an active infection. These complications may include deafness, meningitis and inflammation of the reproductive organs. Of particular concern is mumps exposure to children under the age of one year, who are too young to be vaccinated and would be at risk of becoming infected.

The MMR vaccine prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps. Outbreaks can still occur among highly vaccinated communities, particularly those in close-contact settings. In recent years, outbreaks have occurred in schools and on college campuses. Increased vaccination rates help limit the size, duration and spread of mumps outbreaks.

 Free PRIDE/KRWA trainings AVAILABLE

 

SOMERSET, KY — The next time you turn on the faucet or flush into a sewer system, take a moment to appreciate the professionals who bring you those services.

“We take for granted that the water will be there when it should and the wastewater will disappear when it should, but a lot goes on behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly,” said Tammie Wilson, President and CEO of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environment in 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

“Clean water is fundamental to good health and quality of life, and PRIDE has been on a mission to clean up this region’s water resources since 1997,” she explained.

“Clean water is a top priority for our local water and wastewater utility operators, staff and board members, too, and they take their responsibilities very seriously,” she said. “We are grateful for the role they play, and we are proud to support them by offering free training workshops.”

PRIDE set out in 2013 to help the region’s water and wastewater utility professionals to meet their training goals and enhance operations at their facilities. PRIDE secured grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and then partnered with the Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) to present free training workshops for elected officials, drinking water utility professionals and wastewater utility professionals.

State regulations require water and wastewater utility professionals to earn continuing education (CE) credits. Thanks to the PRIDE/KRWA partnership and USDA RD support, utilities can afford to train more staff, more often. The workshops are free, include lunch and are held across the region, which saves on driving and hotel costs.

More than 500 professionals earned 4,000-plus CE credits in the second round of workshops, which began in January 2015 in Hazard and wrapped up in February 2016 in Inez. The results of the seven workshops include:

• 533 attendees.

• 2,474.5 CE credits earned by drinking water utility operators.

• 1,338.5 CE credits earned by wastewater utility operators.

• 194 CE credits earned by water and wastewater utility board members and others.

PRIDE/KRWA will present the following free workshops in 2016:

• March 15-16, Dale Hollow State Resort Park, Burkesville.

• July 26-27, Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg.

At each workshop, a total of 12 CE credits will be available to water and wastewater utility operators.

To inquire about a workshop, please call PRIDE, toll free, at 888-577-4339. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Priority will be given to registrants from the 42-county PRIDE service area.

To learn more about the workshops, please visit www.kypride.org.

Tanya L. Horn, R.S.

Health Environmentalist II

Lawrence County Health Department

1080 Meadowbrook Lane

Louisa, KY 41230

Phone: 606-638-4389

 

Too often families feel that they are “alone” in their struggle to deal with family and parenting issues.  Alcohol and drug abuse by family members, co-parenting children in separate households, or just trying to decide how to be the parent to a teenager are issues that many families face every day.  You are NOT alone!

The Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center will be sponsoring a series of 4 FREE seminars this spring that address these family issues. 

All seminars will be led by state certified counselors, Terry King. licensed psychologist and Tonya Judd, licensed professional counselor.  The seminars will be held at the Point of Hope Community Center at 524 S. Hwy 3 on the Point Section.  Sessions will begin at 6:30 pm and last approximately an hour and a half.  

The schedule of sessions is as follows:

March 10:  “When Love Hurts:  Relationships with Family Members who abuse 

Alcohol and Drugs”

 

March 17Healthy Parenting in Separate Households”

 

April 7:  “Parenting with Love and Logic”

 

April 21:  “Defining Your Identity when Raising Teenagers”

 

For more information regarding the sessions, please contact Erin Bottomlee at 638-0219.