Saturday, February 24, 2018

Joni Schaff

New vaccine offered for preventing shingles

Senior Center News
Now we know Where It Is. Margaret and Clifford Arbogast provided three pictures of local attractions in Big Horn County with clues for their “Where Is It?” game, where people attempt to guess the locations where photos were taken. The winner was sharp girl Etta Kollekowski, guessing all three. 
The first picture was of the model toy school bus in the window of Clayton Fortune’s business on Center Avenue in Hardin. The second picture, named after a famous person, was of the old Two Leggins Bridge. The third picture, which is of a clock that has the correct time twice in 24 hours, is the clock on the Little Horn State Bank. A new “Where Is It?” game starts Monday, Jan. 29 through Friday, Feb. 9. Stop in. It’s all fun! It’ll really get you thinking.
The First Interstate BancSystem has donated a grant of $4,000 to the Big Horn County Council on Aging for the meals program that helps to cover the cost of the birthday meal ingredients at our Hardin and Lodge Grass Senior Centers. Also, First Interstate Bank in Hardin donated $1,000 to the Council on Aging. Tina Benzel presented the check to Big Horn County Council on Aging Director Joni Schaff last Thursday. I send a thank you and express our gratitude for the continued support from First Interstate Bank for our elder community programs.
Ariel Hawthorne, a pharmacy student, stopped at the Hardin Senior Center this week to tell us about the new shingles vaccine becoming available in March or April. It is called Shringrix. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people who have already gotten Zostavax should now get Shingrix as well. Shingrix is officially the preferred vaccine. Those who have had shingles should also receive Shingrix.
Consumers should talk with their healthcare providers or pharmacists about the vaccine.
Shingles, also called herpes zoster, occurs when the chickenpox virus, which is dormant in those who have had the illness, reawakens later in life. Almost all adults older than 40 carry the chickenpox virus.
The two to four weeks of shingles, marked by symptoms such as a blistery and painful rash on one side of the body, can be difficult. About one in five people with shingles go on to develop nerve pain that can linger for months or even years.
The Shingrix vaccine (whose two doses are to be given two to six months apart), according to the CDC, offers 97 percent protection in people in their 50s and 60s and roughly 91 percent protection in those in their 70s and 80s.
The new shingles vaccine contains a nonliving viral particle.
Esther Wynne, Public Health Nurse, can answer questions regarding the inoculation. Call her at (406) 665-8722.
Activities coming up next week include a visit from Tiffani Schubert, a medical health care student, who will be at the senior center at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 with a Nutrition Survey for seniors in which seniors may participate. Decorating the senior center is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and the Senior Association Meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. All members of the association are encouraged to attend as there is a need for an election of a new president.
The senior center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our phone number is (406) 665-2581.
Hardin Senior Center menu:
Thursday, Feb. 1 – tuna casserole, vegetables, salad, dessert
Friday, Feb. 2 – cook’s choice
Monday, Feb. 5 – goulash, vegetables, salad, dessert
Tuesday, Feb. 6 – white chili, sandwich, dessert
Wednesday, Feb. 7 – sweet and sour meatballs with rice, vegetables, dessert
Thursday, Feb. 8 – tetrazzini, vegetables, salad, dessert

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

The Lodge Grass Senior Center menu is unavailable.