Fast Facts About Breast Cancer You Need To Know

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all month long we’re wearing pink in support of survivors, those who have lost their battle with this terrible disease, researchers, and advocates who are all in the fight against breast cancer. Today. we’re taking a few minutes to give you some very important fast facts about breast cancer. These facts come courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC.) Over a quarter of a million women are diagnosed each year with breast cancer in the United States (255,000) 42,000 women die each year from the disease Just 1% of all breast cancer diagnosis in the U.S. are in men, but it can happen even though it is rare The majority of breast cancer diagnosed in the U.S. is in women over 50 although it can be found in younger women, it is less likely The good news is that with the…continue reading

Can Kids Trick Or Treat? Here’s What The CDC Says

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With Halloween just a few weeks away and as we are still in a global pandemic parents are asking some of the same questions they did last year, is trick or treating safe? According the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) trick or treating this year can happen if safety steps are taken by both the trick or treaters and the neighbors who are handing out candy. If you like to participate in this annual holiday tradition, flip your front light on and follow these guidelines. Keep a safe, 6-feet distance from trick or treaters at all times Always step outside to hand out treats – do not invite trick or treaters into your home Provide individually wrapped or bagged treats for trick or treaters Wash your hands before touching the treats Wear a mask when you answer the door Following these simple steps can help keep you and…continue reading

Breast Cancer Deaths Continue To Decline

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All this month we are celebrating survivors of breast cancer and bringing attention to the continued urgent need for screening and early detection so that the numbers of breast cancer deaths continue to decline. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have indicated that while the number of cases of breast cancer continue to rise the number of deaths from the disease continue to decline. In fact, the CDC reports that over the last 10 years the country has seen a steady decline in the number of deaths due to breast cancer. Each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and part of the reason for the decline is that more and more women are listening to the experts and getting screened when it is recommended. The best defense against this terrible disease is to catch it early. As more and more women continue to get early screenings and catch this…continue reading

Connecticut Is Leading The Nation In COVID-19 Vaccination Rates

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While the COVID-19 global pandemic is far from over, here in Connecticut we are seeing great results as our population is among the most highly vaccinated in the country. Nearly 2/3 of the entire population are fully vaccinated and that means lower transmission rates and more people and businesses being able to get back to work. While some states and regions in the country continue to be overrun by COVID-19 the state of Connecticut, along with Vermont and Massachusetts are leading the way. In fact, the entire Northeast is very strong in our vaccination rates leading to lower positivity rates and far less hositalizations. This is is all good news, but it is important that while many of us are vaccinated we continue to encourage those that are not to get vaccinated. It is also important for those that are vaccinated to continue wearing masks when you cannot maintain a…continue reading

This Is The List Of All The People Mandated By The State To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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While the state of Connecticut has not issued blanket vaccine mandates for all citizens, Governor Lamont has issued an executive order that requires that certain segments of the population have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 27th. The executive order which was issued on August 19th, 2021, requires that the following groups of people are vaccinated, with at least one shot before the deadline of September 27th: All Connecticut state employees Staff at all childcare facilities throughout the state Staff and Faculty of all pre-K-12 schools State hospital workers Long-term care facility staff Any person who is identified by the executive order that has not begun the process fo getting vaccinated by September 27th will be required to undergo weekly testing for COVID-19. This “exemption” will not apply to those who are working at a long-term care facility or are state hospital workers, these two…continue reading

UCONN Home Football Game Is Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations

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Are you ready for some football? College sports are kicking off and it’s a great time to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. In fact, at tomorrow’s UCONN Football game you can get your vaccine thanks to a booth setup by Griffin Hospital, The Connecticut Department of Health, and UCONN Health. For those attending the game tomorrow at Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Rentschler Field) there will be the option to receive your COVID-19 vaccination when the gates open at 10:30am. Tickets to the game can be purchased here. The booth will be setup from the time gates open until halftime for you to receive your vaccination. As health officials continue to encourage those that are unvaccinated to get themselves vaccinated the state of Connecticut continues to be a shining example of how vaccines save lives and slow the spread of the virus so that we can all get back to…continue reading