D A RT M O U T H - H I T C H C O C K M E D I C A L C E N T E R C O M M U N I T Y N E W S leagues are striving to improve the statistics, espe- U P C O M I N G E V E N T S cially among direct care providers. October 26, 5:30 – 7:30PM “We’re focusing on creating a circle of pro- tection around our vulnerable patients—these Open House at Dartmouth- include older adults; the very young; and people Hitchcock Lyme Meet the DHMC primary care providers who have chronic lung, heart, or kidney disease, who staff the D-H Lyme Clinic, get a cancer, and/or immune deficiencies,” says Kirk- blood pressure screening and learn land. about Patient Online while meeting “We have standing orders across the institu- your neighbors. There will be great door tion to offer all patients the flu vaccine (as well as prizes including a $100 Farm-Way gift the pneumonia vaccine for those eligible) during certificate, refreshments and more. What’s New with the routine clinic visits or hospitalizations,” she says. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lyme is located “In addition, we’re holding several public flu vac- on Route 10 just two miles south of the cine clinics along with community partners. So, Lyme Green. We look forward to seeing FLU? if you’re an at-risk patient, we not only want to you on the 26th. make sure that you get the vaccine—we also want you to be surrounded by people who’ve been vaccinated. In fact, you should ask your provider whether they’ve had their flu vaccine.” November 5, 8AM – 1PM Autumn Health Fair Expanded Guidelines for Kids & Memory Fair This year, the State of New Hampshire, the CDC, Two health fairs have combined - the and the American Academy of Pediatrics are all DHMC Fourth Annual Autum Health Fair recommending that the following children receive and the Upper Valley Alzheimer’s Disease the flu vaccine— all children 6-59 months of Resource Center Memory Health Fair. They will offer a range of screening, T he National Center for Disease Control they think the vaccine will give them the flu,” age, children 6 months to 18 years with a chronic and Prevention (CDC) predicts that there says Dr. Kathryn Kirkland, an infectious disease health condition, siblings of infants less than 6 education and activities, from free will be enough flu vaccine this year for specialist at DHMC. months of age, siblings of high-risk children, and massages to presentations on keeping anyone who wants to reduce their chances of But even if you don’t get sick very often, you siblings of healthy children under 5 years of age. your mind sharp as you age. The health infection. “This is the first time in quite a few should get a flu shot, says Kirkland. “It’s not only “Expanding the guidelines to include all 2, 3, fairs will be held in conjunction with the years that we’ll actually have an ample supply of the best way to protect you from getting the flu, and 4-year-olds is an important step—we call public flu clinic. For more information, the vaccine,” says Gary Merchant, who manages it will also help prevent spreading the virus to these children the ‘great distributors’ because of call Sherry Calkins at (603)653-1912. regional pharmacy contracts for DHMC. “We’ve more vulnerable people. In other words, people their ability to infect the rest of the community,” received about 30 percent of the 25,000 doses who don’t show symptoms can still harbor germs explains pediatrician Dr. Henry Bernstein, sec- we’ve ordered for the Lebanon campus and outly- and spread the flu. If more people get vaccinated, tion chief of General Pediatrics at CHaD. “But November 7, 7PM ing physician offices, and expect to receive the there are fewer germs in circulation.” efforts to protect our children should extend Protecting Minds at Risk: balance in late October or early November.” And, contrary to popular belief, it’s not pos- beyond the kids themselves and their siblings. The Future of Positive Aging Some of these supplies may be wasted, how- sible to get the virus from the flu shot. “It’s an Anyone who is in contact with any child under in America ever, if current habits don’t change. A recent inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus),” 5 years of age—especially parents, grandparents, This year’s Turner Lecture will feature survey conducted by the National Foundation for Kirkland explains. “I think what may tend to and caregivers—should also get a flu shot.” Stephen Bartels, MD, DHMC professor Infectious Diseases, found that only about half of happen is that most adults get at least several “And, since we never know from year to year of psychiatry and co-director of those polled plan to get a flu shot this year. “Man- respiratory illnesses of various kinds through the how early or late the flu virus will hit, it’s a good Dartmouth’s Center for Aging, discussing ufacturers base their production on how much is winter months. If the timing of one happens to idea to get vaccinated as early in the season as how to improve mental functioning and used the previous year,” explains Merchant. “So, be within a week after the flu vaccine, people possible,” adds Bernstein. protect our minds at any age. A nationally this will be an important year for people to step attribute their illness to the vaccine.” respected expert on geriatric psychiatry, up to the plate—it will help to ensure adequate he will share news from the latest health supplies in the future.” Protecting the Vulnerable research and will talk about how we can Nationally, healthcare workers are generally no maintain independence and well-being Preventing as we age. The free lecture will be held in Common Misconceptions better than anyone else about getting vaccinated. “People state many reasons for not getting a flu This can be problematic for patients. While the the Spread of Flu Auditorium E at DHMC. For more info, or vaccine—among the most common are that they vaccination rate among DHMC employees is to reserve a seat, call (603)448-0126 or In addition to getting the flu vaccine, it’s don’t need one because they ‘never get sick,’ and higher than the norm, Kirkland and her col- important to practice the following to email firstname.lastname@example.org. help prevent the spread of flu and other illnesses: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, 21 & 28 Public Flu Clinics at DHMC & CHaD ■ Avoid close contact with people who are sick. DHMC Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Classes For Adults: vaccine sessions. It is ideal for children ■ Don’t share drinking straws, eating If you want to quit smoking or chewing Adults age 17 and older are invited to to receive the flu shot from their regular utensils, towels, etc. attend one of the public flu clinics in primary care doctor, if possible. tobacco, sign up now for the upcoming Auditoria A-D: ■ Stay home from work and avoid doing smoking cessation classes that will be By appointment only: errands when sick. held from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the DHMC ■ Sunday, October 29 Evening Sessions – Reception 6M Health Education Center, Level 4 of the 8:00AM to 1:00PM ■ Do not visit sick patients in the hospital. ■ Tuesdays and Thursdays East Mall/Doctor’s Office Bldg. Classes ■ Sunday, November 5 from 5 to 7PM facilitated by DHMC health educators. ■ Cover your mouth and nose with a 8:00AM to 1:00PM October 10 to mid-December. tissue when coughing or sneezing. Call (603)653-1530 to register and get ■ Saturday, November 18 Dispose of dirty tissues appropriately. ready for the November 16th Great 8:00AM to 1:00PM Weekend Sessions – Reception 6M American Smoke-out! ■ Sunday, November 5 ■ Wash your hands with soap and water For Children (6 mo. and older) often and well. Frequent hand washing General Pediatrics at CHaD is offering flu from 8AM to 12PM will protect you from germs. vaccines during regularly scheduled visits (October through January) and special flu ■ Saturday, November 18 Holiday Shopping? from 8AM to 12PM ■ Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and Don’t Forget to Visit the DHMC Pink mouth. Smock Shop The Pink Smock buyers have stocked up on lots of great items for your holiday shopping. For those special children, get adorable outfits, and creative, colorful toys. Other favorite items for people of all ages include matching hats, scarves and gloves, Vera Bradley bags, indoor and Early Detection and outdoor jackets, life-sized stuffed dogs (and real dog biscuits), small and large Prevention are the Keys gifts for the home, and one of the best selections of jewelry in the Upper Valley. All proceeds are used to meet DHMC patient needs. Fall Exhibitions at DHMC D id you know that breast cancer is tions to mammography, and that no test is and those who have not yet gone through or are Rotunda Display Cases: The Norwich the second most common cancer perfect, it is the best general breast screening going through menopause.” Farmers’ Market among women (behind skin cancer)? we have available to us right now.” National statistics predict that one out of every DHMC is one of the few medical facilities Mortality Rates Declining Rubin Building Glass Hallway: Faces of eight women will be touched by the disease, and in the US that has fully implemented digital Over the past five years, deaths related to breast Nicaragua that breast cancer will kill more than 40,000 mammography—only about 6 to 8 percent of cancer have been decreasing, thanks in part to Hematology/Oncology Hallway: Erik women in the US this year. mammography across the country is being done the effectiveness of mammography in finding Sohlberg, watercolors As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, digitally. Digital mammography takes an electronic early, curable breast cancer. “We also have better October is an ideal time to remind women that image of the breast and stores it directly in a com- treatment options available—including chemo- Level 4 Mall Hallway: Lisa Densmore, early detection of breast cancer followed by prompt puter, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, therapy agents and hormone type medicines—so photographs treatment saves lives. And, no form of screening is magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation. that even women with later stage breast cancer Level 5 Rotunda: Chiho Kaneko, pen more important for women (particularly those over “Digital imaging allows us to use different qual- have a much better chance of being cured,” and ink drawings age 40) than a regular mammogram. ity x-rays that can better penetrate dense tissue Poplack says. and still provide very good contrast,” explains “I want to reassure women in the community Level 3 Clinic Corridor: David Cooper, Get Your Mammogram Poplack. “An important study published last year who just had a mammogram and were asked to pen and ink drawings “Mammography is a proven technique to detect shows that this can be especially important for come back in for an extra test,” he adds, “that All exhibitions will be on view through early breast cancer and to make an impact on diagnosing women who have denser (less fatty) very few of those patients will actually have a the month of November. breast cancer-related death,” says radiologist breast tissue—as well as women younger than 50 problem that will require a biopsy or surgery.” Dr. Steven Poplack, who is co-director of Breast Imaging & Mammography at DHMC and part of the Comprehensive Breast Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. “While it’s important for women to understand that there are some limita- One Medical Center Dr ive, Lebanon, NH 03756 • (603)650-5000 • www.dhmc.org DHMC is a charitable organization and has a financial assistance policy.