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Weight Loss Surgery Support Group @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

We offer a support group for anyone that is looking at weight loss surgery, or has had weight loss surgery before. Everyone is welcome whether you had your surgery at WVMC or at another facility. We will have our program psychologist at each meeting and cover an array of topics. It is a safe, discrete place to gather information and talk to others. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Amerson, program coordinator at 503-435-6432.

Breastfeeding Support Group @ Birthing Center Classroom
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The breastfeeding support group is a place to receive advice, support and a place for new moms to gather. Sherry Green, RN has been a nurse for more than 15 years and will be able to answer your questions and help both you and your baby get better at breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Class @ Birthing Center Classroom
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This class is included in the child preparation series but if you would just like a course on breastfeeding this is the one for you. This class helps you get off to a confident start with your baby, with information about the great benefits of breastfeeding, community resources for support, how breastfeeding works’ for mothers and baby, and what to do if you face challenges.

Alcoholics Anonymous- Sunday Gratitude Meeting @ WVMC Classrooms (1st floor, across from cafeteria)
Nov 26 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

We now have a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous every Sunday. This is an open meeting for all who are interested in recovery from alcoholism through the 12 Step program, including ambulatory patients and staff. For more information, call Robert (H) 503-835-1042 or (C) 971-259-9145.


It’s That Flu Shot Time of Year

By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Every year around this time I write a blog about the flu shot.

This is not a blog to try to convince you whether or not you need to get it. Most people have pretty firm beliefs on whether or not they chose to get vaccinated.

This is just a blog to present you with some facts and information so that you can make an informed decision for you and your family.

Tens of thousands of Americans die every year from the flu, and millions more get sick from it. The CDC reports that influenza has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses, between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.

The flu is mostly transmitted by tiny droplets that infected people spread when they cough, sneeze, or even talk. In some cases, it can spread when people come in contact with a surface that has the flu virus on it.

The best way for you and your family to prevent acquiring the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. It works by allowing your body to develop antibodies that fight flu viruses and help prevent infection.

The CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and nearly every other healthcare related institution recommends every American (there are a few exceptions) over the age of 6 months, gets the yearly flu vaccination.

Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic, here at WVMC, and nearly every hospital in America also recommend every health care worker receive the influenza vaccination each year to help protect the patient population.

Research studies estimate that receiving the flu vaccine helps reduce your chance of acquiring the flu by 40-60% each year.

If you do get the flu after having received the flu vaccine, your symptoms are more likely to be milder and shorter in duration.

Do I get the flu vaccine every year? Yes I do. I am comfortable with my decision based on my understanding of the benefits it delivers, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right decision for you and your family. There are instances where the flu vaccination is not recommended.

Any child under 6 months of age and people with severe, life-threatening allergies to the flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine (this might include gelatin, antibiotics, or other ingredients) should NOT get the annual flu vaccine.

People with mild allergies to eggs or any ingredient in the vaccine, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and/or are feeling sick should check with their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine to ensure it’s safe and appropriate.

Ultimately, you have to make the best decision for you and your family regarding the flu vaccine, but there is one thing you can absolutely do to help prevent your family from getting sick this year. Wash your hands.

It’s such a simple thing you can do, but good hand hygiene is one of the easiest and very best ways you can protect yourself from getting sick this flu season.

If you have any questions about getting your flu shot this year, please don’t hesitate to ask.


Zac Woodruff, RN BS
Willamette Valley Medical Center
(503) 472 6131
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Disease Outbreak in Disneyland!?!?!
By Zac Woodruff, RN BS

Yesterday, we had just arrived to the airport after spending the last 3 days in Disneyland when my sister-in-law texted us to ask if we knew about the disease outbreak in Disneyland.


No, we hadn’t heard anything, but I immediately went to the news to find out what she was talking about. I googled Disneyland outbreak, and the first article to pop up was from the LA times and it had been posted that very morning!!!!

Apparently, the LA Times reported yesterday that 9 people who recently visited Disneyland (12 altogether in Anaheim) came down with Legionnaire’s Disease. This was traced back to a couple of bacteria-infested cooling towers that exposed people to contaminated water/mist.

I opened up my Yahoo app and this was also first story that appeared on the news page. Needless to say, I immediately wanted to know more about Legionnaire’s Disease (we briefly touched on it in nursing school, but I’ve never taken care of anyone suffering from it).

The bacteria Legionella causes the disease. After it grows and multiplies in a building water system, that contaminated water then has to spread in droplets small enough for people to breathe in. People can get Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in small droplets of water in the air that contain the bacteria (CDC, 2017).

In the case of Disneyland, Legionella bacteria were discovered back in September in the cooling towers. Since then, the towers have been disinfected and taken out of service. No further cases have been reported since September.

The disease was named after an outbreak in 1976, when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion got sick with pneumonia (CDC, 2017). Legionella bacteria were identified and were found to be breeding in the cooling tower of the hotel’s air conditioning system.

The main symptoms to watch for include:
• Cough
• Shortness of Breath
• Headache
• Muscle Aches
• Fever

It can take anywhere for 2 to 10 days for symptoms to occur, and it’s very easy to mistake Legionnaire’s symptoms for any illnesses such as the flu or other types of pneumonia.

Treatment requires antibiotics and unfortunately, 1 out of every 10 people who get it die. In the case of the 12 reported cases in Anaheim, 1 person has died (they had other health complications as well).

People over the age of 50, have weakened immune systems, or suffer from some type of lung disease are all at higher risk for acquiring Legionnaire’s disease after exposure. All of the cases reported in Anaheim were individuals ages 52 – 94.

So while it is not all that common, it’s very scary and important to have some basic knowledge about Legionnaire’s disease. Here is a link to a great fact sheet from the CDC, www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/fs-legionnaires.pdf

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