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Flu Shot Season is Around the Corner

The flu typically doesn't hit the US until winter months and lasts through spring.  It is important, however, to be vaccinated when flu shots are offered.  Full protection takes about two weeks; you want to be ready before being exposed.  Flu is spread through tiny droplets that find their way onto surfaces and into the air around you.  Someone sneezes--here comes the flu.  That door handle has been touched by 100s of people--here comes the flu. 
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Nurses Matter

Dr. Walter Lawrence, Jr., is ninety years old and still seeing patients twice a week at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Lawrence recently wrote about why he loves his profession and reasons for his continuing practice. Although Dr. Lawrence's letter was addressed to potential medical school applicants, his remarks are also applicable to the nursing profession.
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A successful inspection by ICE

On June 8, 2017, Visiting Nurse Correctional Health participated in the closeout of a three-day inspection at Kenosha County Detention Center by Nokimoto, a group of inspectors hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The purpose is to ensure all aspects of service and health care meet immigration standards.  This year's closeout was a record two minutes long because no deficiencies were found. 
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Congratulations to Dominique Pritchett, a 2017 Susan B Anthony Women of Influence scholarship winner.  Dominique is employed by KVNA as a part-time mental health clinician at the Kenosha County Jail.  She also works full-time as a lead mental health clinician and psychotherapist at the Kenosha Community Health Center.  Dominque earned a master's degree from Loyola University and a bachelor's degree from Carthage College, both in social work.  She is halfway through a  blended five-year doctoral program in clinical psychology with Minneapolis-based Capella University.  Upon earning her docto
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A Flu Shot Offers Plenty of Protection!

"The flu" is an infectious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. Symptoms can be mild to severe enough to cause hospitalization. The most common symptoms include: a high fever, runny nose, sore throat, muscle pains, headache, coughing, and feeling tired. These symptoms typically begin two days after exposure to the virus and most last less than a week.  Young children, elderly and those with compromised immune systems are most at risk for complications as a result of the flu.
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Top Correctional Health Care Program

Early in June, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted an inspection of all operations and care involving ICE detainees at the Kenosha County Detention Center.  For our health services unit (HSU) the inspectors reviewed our suicide prevention training and response, PREA, overall medical/mental health services and intake procedures.  Twenty (20) health records were reviewed in-depth along with case-by-case situations.
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