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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 3A lic annual inics Lori Bentley physicians and local Health Education Coordinator pharmacies. PCPHA will be Plumas County Public holding additional flu Health Agency vaccination clinics at the Special to Feather Publishing health department after the drive-up and walk-in For many people a bout of clinics. influenza is a nuisance, Influenza season runs which can be managed from November through without medical attention. April. Symptoms include But for those at the extremes fever, chills, cough, sore of age or who have throat, runny nose, body significant medical and muscle aches, problems, influenza can be headaches and fatigue. dangerous or even deadly. Some people also have The best protection vomiting and diarrhea. against influenza is If you develop influenza, immunization. Each year you should stay home unless this shot saves many you need medical care. Most thousands of lives. Plumas people will recover without County Public Health the need for medical Agency is again having attention. Make sure to drive-up and walk-in drink Plenty of liquids and immunization clinics this consider taking year the last week of acetaminophen (Tylenol) for October. your aches, pains and fever. We're also helping keep Do not take aspirin. influenza outbreaks to a To further help prevent minimum in the public the spread of influenza, schools by having clinics people who are ill should there the second week of November for students and stay home until they are staff. Flu vaccination forms completely well, cover their and schedule can be found coughs and sneezes, wash their hands frequently and at plumascount disinfect commonly shared or frequently touched items. ation. If you or your child have Unfortunately, the one of the medical Flu-Mist nasal vaccine (no conditions listed above and shot) that was available in develop flu-like illness, it is recent years is no longer , important to contact your effective, so all influenza immunizations now require healthcare provider right away for advice about a shot. Despite the nuisance whether you should be seen and pain of getting the shot, by them or start anti-viral influenza vaccination is medication. well worth the trouble. It is Reasons to seek very effective in preventing emergency medical care in influenza, a miserable children are: fast breathing illness, which usually keeps or trouble breathing, not people out of school or work drinking liquids, persistent for about a week. Influenza immunization is vomiting, not waking up or interacting, being so especially important for irritable they don't want to adults over 65, people with be held or a cough that takes chronic medical conditions a turn for the worse after (diabetes, asthma, initially improving. In congestive heart failure, adults, signs of an HIV, severe obesity or emergency may include cancer); women who will be difficulty breathing, pregnant during flu season; shortness of breath, pain in young children; and health the chest or abdomen, care and home care sudden dizziness or new providers. These people are confusion. strongly urged to get a flu If you have any questions shot. Flu vaccine is plentiful or concerns, please contact this year and is available Plumas County Public from many sources, Health Agency at 283-6330 or including our drive-up and visit the CDC influenza walk-in clinics, private website at Pumpkin # Painting Samples - Prize Drawings Meet your Board of Directors ... ...and more! .... d._LLLIL _. _ 269 Main St. Quincy IIIII I 60 N Pine St., Portola Promoting pancreatic cancer awareness Maggie Wells Staff Writer These days, Tami Williamson sports bright purple hair and she doesn't mind at all if you ask her about it. In fact, she wants you to. The purple? That's for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and she can tell you sometimes more than you can handle about the third deadliest cancer in the nation. Seventy-five percent of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer die within the fin'st year of diagnosis. Only 8 to 9 percent survive to the five year mark. "I plan on being in that 9 percent," says Williamson. She's coming up on three years as a pancreatic cancer survivor. Williamson is preparing for her second PurpleStride Walk that takes place Saturday, Nov. 11. Last November, Williamson -- after spending much of the year building up basic strength again -- there were months when getting out the front door of her house was a challenge -- she, along with her friends and family, participated in the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride fundraiser walk in William Land Park in Sacramento. Proceeds from the walk go to fund early detection research for pancreatic cancer. Most people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer ffmd out they have it in its later stages -- early detection screening would go along way in saving lives. Last year, Williamson raised nearly $2,000 for the cause and hopes to raise that much this year. So far, she's found many businesses in Indian Valley to sponsor her walk, but she's looking for more. Young's Market, Plumas Medical Supplies, Tami Williamson was chosen by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation as an ambassador in its social media #showyourgrit campaign. A Wayne fan, she is happy to don the hat and bandana for the organization to promote awareness. Photo submitted Tanner Business Equipment, Glover Construction and Dalton Appraisal have signed on to sponsor Williamson. This year's walk she hopes is easier. She's spent the year doing walks for various causes -- she's up to five of them now. She's also had enough energy and push to do things she'd never have dreamed of doing before -- like whitewater rafting in the Snake River. She's really feeling good these days, she says, but the doctors don't give pancreatic cancer survivors a green light. She's been active and vocal about the cancer that has cut down the lives of Indian Valley friends too soon. Along with her husband and daughter who accompanied her on last year's walk, Williamson will be joined by friend Janet 'Garman who has lost a sister and a cousin to the cancer, and Beth Sosner who lost her mother, Susie Wilson, to the cancer. Her activism also caught the attention of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, who made her one of its 30 ambassadors for awareness this year across the nation. Williamson chose June 22 -- her mother's birthday -- as her day for ambassador goodwill across social media. Her mother was a lung cancer survivor. The foundation encourages other cancer survivors to tell their story and share the experience with the public. The media campaign is called "#showyourgrit" after Wayne's movie "True Grit." She has more plans for her awareness campaign in November. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, she'll go before the Plumas County Board of Supervisors asking them for awareness support. Nov. 11 is her walk and Thursday, Nov. 16, is World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day. "Fifty-three thousand people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year," said Williamson. She recalls her own belated diagnosis after having put up with abdominal pain for too long. No amount of painkillers would work on her. She had no appetite. Nothing tasted good to her anymore. She experienced rapid weight loss. All were signs of pancreatic cancer. She was diagnosed three years ago. These days, Williamson tries to maintain a healthy diet of mainly fruits and vegetables. She still has a soft spot for pie however, and can be seen frequenting her friend Lorraine Hanson's shop in Taylorsville. Hanson supports her by letting her tell interested customers about pancreatic cancer awareness -- and they usually do ask about her purple hair. Williamson would love more community support for the Nov. 11 walk. Her team, the Indian Valley Striders, has a donation page at /TR/PurpleStride under her name. 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