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Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

on October 10, 2017 - 6:16am
Who should get vaccinated for the flu? Nearly everyone over six months of age. Courtesy photo

CDC News:

Who should get vaccinated this season?

Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season. Vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza.

Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

Different flu vaccines are approved for use in different groups of

Common Misconceptions About Flu Vaccines

on October 9, 2017 - 4:45am

CDC News:

Can a flu shot give you the flu?

No, a flu shot cannot cause flu illness.

Flu vaccines given with a needle are made in two ways:

  • the vaccine is made either with
    • a) flu vaccine viruses that have been ‘inactivated’ and are therefore not infectious; or
    • b) with no flu vaccine viruses at all (which is the case for recombinant influenza vaccine).

The most common side effects from the influenza shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot was given. Low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches also may occur.

In randomized, blinded studies, where some people get

Special Blood Drive Slated For Tuesday

on October 8, 2017 - 9:03am

Staff Report

Although blood supplies in Las Vegas, Nev., have been replenished, United Blood Services is once again sending its Bloodmobile to Los Alamos Tuesday, Oct. 10 in response to the requests and generosity of this community.

The Bloodmobile will be in the Smith's Marketplace and community members can donate blood 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last week's blood drive in the same location, which also was hosted by Smith's received a huge response and members of the community were still offering to donate blood so UBS decided to host a second one.

Appointments may be made by calling 505.246.1457.

Free Legacy Planning Workshop Oct. 21

on October 6, 2017 - 2:12pm
LACF News:
Animal Protection of New Mexico, Animal Protection Voters, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and the Los Alamos Community Foundation are teaming up to offer a Practical Legacy Planning Workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 21 at the Nature Center. The workshop will be presented by Susan M. Morrison, JD, CFP®, APMA®

RSVP to or 505.933.1123.
The workshop will offer an opportunity to discover answers to estate planning questions and to begin the process of writing your own last will and testament.
Issues to be discussed:
  • Who needs a will?
  • What

LAMC Launches ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ Campaign To Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

on October 3, 2017 - 6:18pm

Los Alamos Medical Center launched its first ‘Pink It Out Tuesday’ campaign today to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To honor those whose lives have been touched by this disease, not only are staff and officials wearing pink each Tuesday but they also painted all the speed bumps pink in the parking lot. Courtesy/LAMC

Dressed in pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from left, Los Alamos Medical Center CFO Steve Winegeart, Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Wallace and CEO John Whiteside. Courtesy/LAMC

STDs At Record High

on October 2, 2017 - 6:30am

CDC News:

More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The majority of these new diagnoses (1.6 million) were cases of chlamydia. There were also 470,000 gonorrhea cases and almost 28,000 cases of primary and secondary syphilis – the most infectious stages of the disease.

More Scenes From Saturday’s Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 2:05pm

A special team joined their friend Jan Sander at the Relay for Life event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Cancer Survivors Jan Sander and Nancy Lemons at Saturday's event. Photo by Nina Thayer

Some of the 25 members of Jan Sander's Happiness Team participate in the rain in the Relay for Life event at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

Kathy Bjorklund and Lori Elton partcipate Saturday in the Relay for Life event. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Survivors Lap begins Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Nina Thayer

The Hillstompers entertain the relay participants.

Scenes From Los Alamos Relay For Life

on October 1, 2017 - 6:18am

Scene from the Los Alamos Relay for Life annual event Saturday at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo

Scene from Los Alamos Relay for Life. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

The 2017 Los Alamos Relay for Life Saturday at Ashley Pond Park raises money for the American Cancer Society.

The community was invited to participate in a number of ways. In former years, Los Alamos Relay for Life teams have walked throughout the night, however, this year participants began at 10 a.m. and walked for whatever amount of time they wished until the 9 p.m. closing ceremony.

Called the most important event of the

Scenes From LAFD Resuscitation Academy

on September 30, 2017 - 7:13am

Representatives of EMS agencies from throughout the state attend the classroom portion of the Resuscitation Academy hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department Friday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Los Alamos Fire Department EMS Division Chief Ben Stone, left, and LAFD EMS Training Coordinator Donna McHenry chat with Chief James Brothers of Maryland Resuscitation Academy at the LAFD-sponsored Resuscitation Academy Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Capt. James Benson of Abiquiu Volunteer Fire Department, left, and

Letter To The Editor: Thank You Community

on September 29, 2017 - 8:25am
Los Alamos
I wish to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful people of the Los Alamos community who donated money and items for Elizabeth Hargreaves and I to take to the Friends of The Children of Haiti medical clinic in Cyvadier, Haiti this past week. 
Our trip was delayed due to Hurricane Irma but we eventually made it to our destination Sunday, Sept.