Immunization Awareness, Zika Virus, Auction Update and Preview, Meet Kerri, Healthy Eating Tips
August is Immunization Awareness Month

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need. To learn more, visit Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley.

Zika Update: What you need to know

Summer activities are in full swing.  That means lots of time outdoors, hiking, picnicking and lots of other activities that make us vulnerable to mosquitos. Infected Aedes mosquitos can transmit Zika virus and other viruses. This mosquito is most active during the day.

The best way to prevent Zika infection is to prevent mosquito bites.   Protect yourself y using an Environmental Protection Agency registered insect repellant that includes DEET, Picaridin, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or IR3535.  These insect repellants are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women when used as directed on the label. You can also wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Spraying your clothing with Permethrin insect repellant is also helpful. If you need to use both sunscreen and insect repellant, remember to apply the sunscreen first.

At home you can keep mosquitos out by using screens on your windows. To reduce the number of mosquitos, empty and clean out containers that hold water in and around your yard.    Pregnant women, or those trying to conceive, should not travel to areas at high risk for Zika. In the US Brownsville, Texas and Miami-Dade County, Florida are high risk areas. Get more information from the the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The symptoms of the Zika virus are usually mild flu like symptoms, fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain and headache that lasts a few days to a week. Zika can cause birth defects in fetuses infected before birth. 

If you think you might have been infected with Zika virus, contact your physician.

For more information contact Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley  at 860-767-0186.

Auction Preview: "We're Almost 100 Party!"

Exclusive Auction Preview!

A huge THANK YOU to MacKinstry Financial & Investments, LLC for donating this 40" Sharp LED 1080p HDTV for the Live Auction at our "We're Almost 100 Celebration!" on Wednesday, September 20th at The Copper Beech Inn from 5:30 - 8:30pm. All proceeds benefit our non-profit organization. 

Watch your favorite show on this 40-inch Sharp television. It has composite and USB inputs and three HDMI ports that let you connect multiple devices, and its DTS TruSurround provides clear, natural sound and deep, vibrant bass.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE and can be purchased at: Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, The Copper Beech Inn, Quality Care Pharmacy, Bob's Centerbook Package Store or Toys Ahoy. Please support our organization by buying your ticket today.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support!
  • Quality Care Pharmacy
  • Whelen Engineering  
  • Webster Bank
  • Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home

It's not too late to become a Sponsor or donate an item for our auction!

Contact us at 860-767-0186 or click here for more information. Thank you.

  Meet Kerri Schaefer, Telehealth and Per Diem RN
Kerri grew up in Trumbull and now lives in Deep River with her husband and three children. She went to nursing school at St. Vincent's College in Bridgeport.  Kerri previously worked in a nursing home and is now enjoying caring for patients in the comfort of their own. "It's so rewarding to be able to help people stay safely at home, where they want to be, " adds Kerri.

When Kerri's not working, she can be found driving her kids to school and sporting events. "They keep me busy!" In her free time, she likes puzzles, swimming, Yankees baseball, sitting on the beach and all things Disney! Kerri's excited to be going back to Disney next August.

Kerri is an incredible nurse and we are thrilled to have her on the VNLV team!

Choosing Healthy Meals As You Get Older

Making healthy food choices is a smart thing to do—no matter how old you are! Your body changes through your 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond. Food provides nutrients you need as you age. Use these tips to choose foods for better health at each stage of life.

1. Drink plenty of liquids

2. Make eating a social event
3. Plan healthy
4. Know how much to eat
5. Vary your vegetables
6. Eat for your teeth and gums
7. Use herbs and spices
8. Keep food safe
9. Read the Nutrition Facts label
10. Ask your doctor about vitamins or supplements

For more information, click here.

Let Lower Valley Care Advocates doing the cooking! Call us at 860-767-2695 to learn more.