The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is encouraging Montanans with asthma and diabetes (ages six months and older) to get vaccinated against influenza.
“Annual influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and the complications that can be caused by influenza infection,” says Cynthia Grubb RN, CLC of the Pondera County Health Department.
Persons with chronic diseases are at high risk for these complications which include hospitalization and death.
It is especially important for persons with diabetes or asthma to be protected by vaccination. Thousands of Montanans have been diagnosed with asthma or diabetes. Unfortunately, in 2009, less than one-half of adults with asthma and just over half of adult Montanans with diabetes were immunized against influenza.
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
The Conrad School Board called a special meeting to order on Dec. 21 to discuss the strategies of selecting a new superintendent.
A timeline has been selected and the position will be advertised as soon as possible with the help of the Montana School Board Association (MTSBA). The board agreed to use their help during the search process.
MTSBA, for a $3,500 fee, will visit the district once to provide a summary of the background checks that it conducts for the candidates selected by the board. They also provide an application and do the advertising for the board. The board feels that having the MTSBA do the background checks gives them a chance to be less bias.
A seminar on no-till farming will be offered Jan. 3-4 in Choteau, Fort Benton and Shelby.
The focus of this program will be on fertility and crop production issues that have risen after many years of no-till cropping. “This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to learn about continuing successful no-till programs as well as what research is being conducted by state and federal agencies,” says Dan Picard of the county Extension office.
Fertility topics covered will include issues such as how to use in-row placement along with other fertilizer application methods to meet the 2011 crop’s needs, nitrogen volatilization, and how to manage nitrogen fertility to discourage root and crown diseases.