County health departments will be offering free routine immunizations April 27 to May 1 to all children throughout the state

Free immunizations
available next week
n County health departments will be offering free routine immunizations April 27 to May 1 to all children throughout the state.
“Immunizations are essential to give infants and children a healthy start in life,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Mary Currier. “Statistics show dramatic declines in sickness and death from vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunizations are the best protection we can offer our children against these often deadly diseases.”
The immunizations, which will be available to children up to 18, will be available at county health departments during regular hours.
The free shots are being offered by the Mississippi State Department of Health as part of National Infant Immunization Week, which is held to highlight the importance of protecting babies from vaccine-preventable diseases.
New cancer group
to meet on May 2
n A new support group is forming to help people with cancer and their families.
The Northeast Mississippi Cancer Support Group will hold its first meeting at 10 a.m. May 2.
The community outreach is assisted by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, but is open to all regardless of where treatment was received.
For more information and location, contact Patsy Gregory at (662) 401-0715.
Caregivers invited
to share journals
n People caring for those with dementia are invited to share their stories with the Mississippi Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders.
Itawamba Community College psychology instructors Laura Pannell and Vickie Cochran, and Jo Ann O’Quinn of the University of Mississippi are putting together a workshop for the conference on ways caregivers can feel less alone by sharing the day-to-day struggles of caring for those with dementia.
Selected journals will be featured in a publication at the conference and selected authors will have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the August state conference in Philadelphia.
The entries should include personal experiences, challenges, joys, achievements and emotions related to the care giving experience, Pannell said. Unless permission is obtained, the actual names of elders should not be included.
The journaling period must cover at least two months. All entries must be submitted on or before June . For more information concerning the format or other issues, call (662) 620-5365 or e-mail Pannell at lmpannell@iccms.edu.
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Michaela Morris