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8 - September 23, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News Nation’s Pharmacists Ready to Administer Seasonal Flu Vaccines

submitted by American Pharmacists Association The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) is encouraging consumers to get immunized against influenza and to speak with their pharmacist about the options available at their local pharmacy. Pharmacists are authorized to give flu vaccinations in all 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, and more than 150,000 U.S. pharmacists have been trained in the practice of immunization administration. The CDC estimates that approximately 20% of the seasonal flu vaccinations given to adults during the 2010-2011 season were administered by pharmacists. “APhA encourages consumers to be proactive and talk to their pharmacist about their vaccination needs and the immunization process at the pharmacy,” said APhA CEO and Executive Vice President Thomas Menighan. “A pharmacist goes through six years or more of school, depending on his/her area of specialization. In addition to their specialized training as medication experts, pharmacists can go through a formal training program to gain the skill set and knowledge to administer immunizations. This formal training helps ensure reliable and consistent immunization care for patients.“

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 5 to 20 percent of the US population is infected with influenza every year, and over the past 31 years, annual influenza related deaths have ranged from 3,000 to 49,000. Consistent with the recommendations by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), APhA recommends that all persons six months of age and older be vaccinated each year. “The local pharmacy is a convenient and easily accessible place to get your flu shot,” stated Vincent Hartzell, Owner and Director of Patient Care Services, Hartzell’s Pharmacy. “Your pharmacist is readily available to discuss vaccines and how they can help keep your family healthy. Many pharmacies have year-round walk-in hours and immunization clinics during the peak season. In most cases, a patient can get vaccinated in the time it takes to wait for their prescriptions.” The flu vaccine administered in the local pharmacy is supplied by the same major manufacturers who supply the vaccines to doctors and other healthcare providers. The 2011-2012 vaccine is now available and health care providers should begin vaccinating patients as soon as they receive their supply. Consumers are strongly

encouraged to be vaccinated early in the season, but immunizations can be received as long as vaccine supply is available. There are several methods of flu vaccination available, depending upon the patient’s age and health conditions. Make sure to ask your pharmacist or other health care provider about which is right for you. In many states, pharmacists are able to administer other important immunizations. Check with your local pharmacist to determine which vaccines they administer. Immunizations may include: • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia) • Meningococcal (Meningitis) • Hepatitis B • Human papillomavirus (HPV) • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) • Zoster (Shingles)

Consumers should hold a conversation with their pharmacist and their other healthcare providers about their vaccination needs. Pharmacists work in conjunction with doctors and other health care providers to optimize care, improve medication use and to prevent disease. APhA encourages consumers to fill all their prescriptions with one pharmacy to get to know

their pharmacist on a first name basis, to carry an up-date medication and vaccination list and to share all medical information with each of their health care providers. About the American Pharmacists Association The American Pharmacists Association, founded in 1852 as the American Pharmaceutical Association, is a 501 (c)(6) organization, representing more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and others interested in advancing the profession. APhA, dedicated to helping all pharmacists improve medication use and advance patient care, is the first-established and largest association of pharmacists in the United States. This press release is part of a multi-media educational campaign by the American Pharmacists Association to generate awareness among consumers about pharmacist training in immunization administration, the importance of getting a flu shot every year and the convenience of getting a flu shot at the pharmacy. The campaign is sponsored in part by Novartis Vaccines.

Chamber’s Business After Hours Networking Event held at Showtime Computers

Fred and Kelly Ramos and their Showtime Computers staff

submitted by Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce The Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce and Showtime Computers hosted a business after hours offering a chance to visit their store on 15 Derry Street in Hudson. Owners Fred and Kelly Ramos opened their doors allowing local businesses to make connections while exploring all the products and services Showtime Computers offers consumers and businesses. To find out more about the Greater Hudson Chamber and future events visit www. and to learn more about Showtime Computers visit them at

Meeting up with past connections and making new ones

Fred Ramos welcomes everyone to Showtime Computers

Fred Ramos, owner of Showtime Computers with Mike Lynch of

Inkspot and Mike Falzone of Area News Group

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month


submitted by the American Cancer Society September is Prostate Cancer Awareness

Month. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men in the United States, other than skin cancer, with an estimated 240,890 new cases - affecting every one out of six men - this year. Though prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among men, only surpassed by lung cancer, there are more than two million men in the U.S. today who count themselves as prostate cancer survivors. The American Cancer Society offers support and guidance to men whether they’re worried about developing prostate cancer, making decisions about their treatment, or trying to stay well after treatment. Finding and treating prostate cancer early,

when it can be treated more effectively, will help men live longer, healthier lives. The American Cancer Society urges men to stay well by talking with their doctors to make an informed decision about screening for prostate cancer after receiving information about the uncertainties, risks, and potential benefits associated with screening. Men at average risk should receive this information beginning at age 50. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men with a first degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should receive this information beginning at age 45. Men at appreciably higher risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65) should receive this information beginning at age 40.

Because prostate cancer grows slowly,

asymptomatic men who have less than a 10-year life expectancy based on age and health status should not be offered prostate cancer screening since they are not likely to benefit. The American Cancer Society helps men get

well by offering patient services and programs, such as Man to Man, a prostate cancer support group to help men cope with prostate cancer through community-based education and support for patients and their family members. Volunteers organize these free monthly meetings where guest speakers lead discussions and inform participants about prostate cancer, treatment, side effects, and how to cope with prostate cancer. Man to Man meetings, open to the public, are held throughout the state of New Hampshire. “The American Cancer Society is dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families,” said Peter Ames, state vice president for health initiatives with the American Cancer Society. “We offer the services and support which help ease the burden of the cancer journey and help save lives.” The American Cancer Society is finding cures

by conducting and funding research into how to better prevent, detect, and treat prostate cancer. Currently, the Society funds $2.8 million in prostate cancer research at New England institutions. To learn more about prostate cancer or to find out more about American Cancer Society Man to Man support group meetings in your area, visit or call 1-800- 227-2345.

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