Flu Season is Upon Us!

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As fall becomes winter, not only do the warm coats and scarves come out, but common illnesses such as colds and the flu join us too. While you can’t always avoid getting the flu, there is plenty you can do now to help you and your family prevent the pesky sickness. USA.gov rounded up these helpful resources for you from the government so you don’t have to go digging for reliable information to keep your family healthy:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers tips on the differences between a cold and flu, how you can prevent both, what to do if you’re already sick, and advice on over the counter medicines. You can get it all online or even order a hard copy publication sent to your house.
  • It’s easy to follow the top link when you do an online search, but remember that not all sources are trusted ones. Flu.gov is the official government website where you can enter your zip code to find out where you can get a flu shot, get advice for who is most at risk, and learn how you can help care for loved ones who get the flu.
  • Like your information on the go? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an app for you. With the “CDC Influenza” app, you can find national flu activity information, as well as vaccine recommendations and videos on how to protect your family.
  • Even though it’s been a few years since the H1N1 pandemic flu was national news, it is another strand of the flu to always be mindful of. The 2013-2014 flu shots cover this strain of the flu, plus others. Learn more about this year’s flu season and shots from the CDC.

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A new group for women who want to be in recovery from substance abuse.

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We’re pleased to announce that a women’s group is starting at the Turning Point Center at 489 North Main Street in Barre, VT.
 
The group, called “Spreading Our Wings,” will be held on Thursdays, beginning on November 7th, from 1PM to 2PM.
 
All women who seek to be in recovery from substance abuse — on all paths to recovery — are welcome!
 
Share your successes – and receive support through your struggles from other women who have been there!
 
There will always be at least one woman present who is in long term recovery to help guide healthy discussions.
 
Please call if you have any questions (802) 479-7373.

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Do YOU Want to IMPACT YOUR Community?

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Volunteerism IS part of impacting your community! 

The Green Mountain United Way’s Volunteer Network helps volunteers like yourselves look for areas that are the right fit just for you!

“Green Mountain United Way is working to advance the common good; but we can’t do it alone. We need the heads, hands and hearts of committed people like you to help us tackle the problems facing our communities. We have developed this Volunteer Network to assist people of all ages who want to provide their volunteer services to local non-profit organizations. Each of us has special talents, things we can do to help. Put your talents to work to help our community!.

Our Volunteer Network provides venues where potential volunteers can access information about volunteer opportunities in their communities. There are listings for assistance needed in local schools, meal sites, libraries, senior centers and much more. It’s a win/win situation for the volunteer and the organization receiving their service.”

Find volunteer opportunities in your community:  http://www.gmunitedway.org/volunteernetwork/

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