On Wellness in WV

The American Red Cross said there remains an urgent need for donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. The organization is encouraging those blood types to consider giving double red cells, when available, according to the release:

The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the middle and end of July mark only the halfway point to the challenging summer months.

“The summer is historically one of the most difficult times of the year for blood donations,” said Hagins. “Many donors are still enjoying summer activities, but patients are unable to take a vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions.”

Blood is needed for many reasons. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients and organ transplant patients, as well as those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease, may depend on lifesaving transfusions. Each day, the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region needs approximately 700 donors to step forward and give blood. Blood can only come from generous volunteer donors.

Eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give double red cells where available. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative blood can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.


Upcoming Community Blood Drive Opportunities: 

(**2RBC**  Indicates double red cell donation offered at that blood drive)


Monday, July 29, 2013

**2RBC**  Delbarton, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., Burch High School, Rt. 2

**2RBC**  Elizabeth, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., Elizabeth Baptist Church-Fellowship Hall, 791 Mulberry Street

**2RBC**  Flemingsburg, KY: 3 to 8 p.m., Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 7583 Mt. Carmel Beachburg Road

Louisa, KY: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Three Rivers Medical Center, 2483 Ky. Route 644


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

**2RBC**  Jackson, OH: 1 to 7 p.m., Jackson Area YMCA, 594 East Main Street

**2RBC**  Portsmouth, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th Street

**2RBC**  Wellston, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., Hope United Methodist Church, 219 East 1st Street

Winfield, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Putnam County Courthouse, 3389 Winfield Road


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ashland, KY: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Member’s Choice Credit Union, 1315 Cannonsburg Road

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 900 Lawndale Lane


Thursday, August, 1, 2013

Barboursville, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Best Buy, 6 Mall Road

**2RBC**  Barboursville, WV: 1 to 7 p.m., Barboursville Church of Christ, 1120 McClung Avenue

Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Highmark West Virginia, 614 Market Street

**2RBC**  Point Pleasant, WV: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 615 Viand Street


Friday, August 2, 2013

Ashland, KY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Avenue

Charleston, WV: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CAMC General, Morris Street

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Avenue

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Grace Gospel Church, 6239 Pike Street

**2RBC**  South Williamson, KY: 2 to 7 p.m., South Side Mall, 275 Mall Road


Monday, August 5, 2013

**2RBC**  Ravenswood, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., North United Methodist Church, Washington and Brown Streets

Ripley, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., Ripley Church of Christ, 112 Jackson Avenue

**2RBC**  South Point, OH: 1 to 7 p.m., South Point Church of Christ, 3rd & Virginia Streets

**2RBC**  Winfield, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., Winfield Churh of the Nazarene, 2986 Winfield Road


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Department of Environmental Protection, 601 57th Street SE

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Saint Albans, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Cintas 525, 654 Winfield Road

**2RBC**  South Charleston, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., South Charleston Library, 312 4th Avenue


Thursday, August, 8, 2013

**2RBC**  Ironton, OH: 2 to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2101 S. Third Street

**2RBC**  Waverly, OH: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Adena Pike Medical Center, 100 Dawn Lane


Friday, August 9, 2013

**2RBC**  Catlettsburg, KY: 1 to 6 p.m., Burnaugh Baptist Church, 29675 Mayo Trail

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., HIMG Regional Medical Ctr, 5170 US Rt. 60 East

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Avenue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released info from a press conference held today about the HPV vaccine being underused. In girls ages 13 to 17, there was no increase in use between 2011 and 2012. And there was actually a decrease in the three-dose coverage from 2011 to 2012.


HPV vaccine: Safe, effective, and grossly underutilized

In a press conference held today, top officials from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that HPV vaccination rates in girls aged 13-17 years failed to increase between 2011 and 2012, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Three-dose coverage actually declined slightly from 2011 to 2012.

The article in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) drew on data from the 2012 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen).

Among girls unvaccinated for HPV, 84 percent had a healthcare visit where they received another vaccine (such as one aimed at meningitis or pertussis), but not HPV vaccine. If HPV vaccine had been administered, vaccination coverage for ≥1 dose could be nearly 93 percent rather than 54 percent.

“Progress increasing HPV vaccination has stalled, risking the health of the next generation.,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden M.D., M.P.H. “Doctors need to step up their efforts by talking to parents about the importance of HPV vaccine just as they do other vaccines and ensure its given at every opportunity.”

According to CDC, for each year the 3-dose HPV vaccine series coverage remains near the current level of 33 percent instead of achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80 percent coverage, an additional 4,400 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 1,400 cervical cancer-attributable deaths will occur in the future.

The 2012 NIS-Teen data show that not receiving a healthcare provider’s recommendation for HPV vaccine was one of the five main reasons parents reported for not vaccinating daughters.  Healthcare providers are urged to give a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination for boys and girls aged 11 or 12 years.

The other responses parents provided indicate gaps in understanding about the vaccine, including why vaccination is recommended at ages 11 or 12.

“Parents need reassurance that HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12 because it should be given well in advance of any sexual activity,” said Dr. Frieden.   “We don’t wait for exposure to occur before we vaccinate with any other routinely recommended vaccine.”

Parents also reported safety concerns as a reason for not vaccinating. In the seven years of post-licensure vaccine safety monitoring and evaluation conducted independently by federal agencies and vaccine manufacturers, no serious safety concerns have been identified.  According to today’s MMWR article, reports of adverse events after HPV vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) have steadily decreased from 2008 to 2012 and the numbers of serious adverse events reported has also declined since 2009.

Approximately, 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. About 14 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually-active men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to ask about vaccination every time they take children for a healthcare visit.  If a preteen boy or girl (aged 11 or 12 years) has not started the HPV vaccine series, make an appointment to get him or her vaccinated.  Teens who haven’t started or finished the 3-dose series should do so—it’s not too late for them to receive HPV vaccine.

For many, it’s easier than ever to get the HPV vaccine. Because of the Affordable Care Act, most private health insurance plans must cover the HPV vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost, meaning no co-pay or deductible. Visit https://www.healthcare.gov/what-are-my-preventive-care-benefits/#part=3 for more information.

CDC officials urge healthcare providers to increase the consistency and strength of how they recommend HPV vaccine, especially when patients are 11 or 12 years old. Reviewing vaccination status at every healthcare encounter and taking advantage of every visit, including acute care visits, can increase HPV vaccine coverage in the United States.

HPV vaccine is an anti-cancer vaccine. Preteen and teens are relying on the adults in their lives to help protect them.

This article came out a week or so ago, but it has some interesting information on life expectancy. There have been other reports with similar conclusions: McDowell County has some low life expectancies.

From the piece:

“In some counties, such as McDowell County, WV and Sunflower County, MS, life expectancies are lower than Bangladesh for males and Algeria for females.”

Females were second from the bottom (only above Perry, Kentucky) in McDowell, WV. Life expectancy is at 72.9. Compare that to the top – Marin, California at 85.02.

Males don’t fare any better. McDowell, WV is at the very bottom for life expectancy for males – 63.9.

The article offers readers this:

“The complete failure by some communities to increase life expectancy from levels seen now in very poor countries likely has many distal and proximate causes. But most importantly, this slow progress should be viewed as a call for action to improve health and reduce inequalities in the US.”

Why is this? Poor working conditions? Diet? Health issues? Combination of all three?