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Keep the tent at the circus

If you are in the habit of putting up a beach tent and camping out all day on the beach, that is a thing of the past. The city of North Myrtle Beach is one of  fourno beach tent photolocal governments that have enacted beach tent/canopy rules this year. The cities and regulations are broken down below based on information from city web sites and press releases from their pubic information office. If you have any questions about the regulations, feel free to call the area police departments or ask the nearest lifeguard. Please don’t yell at them, they are just there to keep you and your kids safe. Let’s not kill the messenger.

North Myrtle Beach:                                                                                                        From May 15th to Sept 15, the only thing that is allowed on the beach are umbrellas which are defined by the statue as “no greater than seven feet six inches (7 feet 6 inches) in height and with a circular shade no greater than nine feet (9 feet) in diameter” and cannot have any other “grounding lines or ropes”.
The items banned from the dates include “tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas, or any material mounted on supports”.
From September 16th to May 14th, you can use beach tents and there are stipulations on the way they can be used, but we don’t think the city will let you erect a 3 story “beach cabana”. For further information on the North Myrtle Beach shading law, visit:                                                                         http://www.nmb.us/newsFeedFront.aspx?feed=umbrella

Myrtle Beach:                                                                                                                     Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a diameter of seven and one-half feet or less, shall not be allowed on the beach between Memorial Day through Labor Day. Umbrellas must be placed above the high-tide line.
For further information on the Myrtle Beach umbrella regulations, visit: http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/tents.html

Horry County:                                                                                                                    Horry County has changed their beach regulations to ban everything other than beach umbrellas year round.
The statue was changed to the following: “Shading devices. Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than seven feet six inches (7’6″) in diameter, shall not be allowed on the beach. This includes, but is not limited to, tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas, or similar devices, or any material mounted on supports. An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole without grounding lines or ropes. All shading devices are prohibited from being tied, bound, joined, or connected in any manner, but otherwise shall be secured in such fashion to restrict uncontrolled movement of the device.
If you have any questions, contact Horry County Police at (843) 915-5350.

Atlantic Beach: According to the Associated Press, Atlantic Beach has banned the all beach tents from May 15 through Sept. 15. Violators face a fine of $500.00. If you have any questions, contact the Atlantic Beach Police Department at (843)663-2272.

Towns of  Surfside Beach and Briarcliff Acres: None of these three towns have yet acted to ban beach tents in their respective city limits. Let’s see if there will be a race to grab a spot to set up a tent like there was for the gold rush in the 1850’s.

Graco Safety Seats May Trap Kids In Emergency Situation

Graco Children’s Products announced that it is recalling almost 3.8 million car seats because faulty buckles can make it hard to free the child in an emergency.

The seats involved in the recall are the 2009 to 2013 model years of the Cozy Cline, Comfort Sport, Classic Ride 50, My Ride 65, My Ride with Safety Surround, My Ride 70, Size 4 Me 70, Smartseat, Nautilus, Nautilus Elite and Argos 70.

Graco, a leading manufacturer of products for young children, sells the seats at retailers including Walmart, Toys “R” Us and Target.

Graco will replace the buckles at no charge to its customers. They said that the buckles can become hard to operate from dried food and drinks that are spilt into the buckle. Federal safety regulators said the recall, the largest in five years, did not go far enough, and have asked for an additional 1.8 million seats to be included because they use the same buckles.

In January, the National Highway Safety Administration began investigating similar complaints about child seats made by the Evenflo Company.

The safety agency says it believes some Evenflo models use similar buckles made by the same company that makes the buckles that are being recalled.

Please contact  the Graco customer service team at 800-345-4109 or consumerservices@gracobaby.com and they will send you a new and improved replacement harness buckle at no cost.

Graco states that it is “important to note that this does not, in any way, affect the performance of the car seat or the effectiveness of the buckle to restrain your child. The current buckles are safe and you can continue to use them with confidence.”

In an unusual move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Graco in a letter that unless those additional seats were fixed it would take legal action to force a recall.

The investigation into the seats began in 2012 after some parents complained to regulators that they had to cut the straps to remove their children.

 

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New Guidleines To Fight Heart Disease

heart 2The American Heart Association announced new guidelines and recommendations dealing with high cholesterol in people at risk for cardiovascular diseases caused by hardening and narrowing of the arteries, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks, or death.
The guidelines identified four major groups of patients that the use of statins have the best chance of preventing heart attacks and strokes.

Statins are a group of medicines that are frequently used to lower blood cholesterol levels. Some types of statins Lipitor, Pravacol, Crestor, Zocor and Lescol. There are also lower cost generic forms available.
Neil J. Stone, MD, of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and chair of the expert panel that wrote the new guideline said the panel wanted those “who would likely benefit most”. He said it does not focus on a “specific target level…of cholesterol, but instead focused on defining groups for whom LDL lowering is proven to be most beneficial.”
heartThe new guidelines recommend moderate or high intensity statin therapy for these four groups:
 Patients who have cardiovascular disease
 Patients with an LDL, or “bad” cholesterol level of 190 mg/dL or higher;
 Patients with Type 2 diabetes who are between 40 and 75 years of age; and
 Patients with an estimated 10-year risk of cardiovascular disease who are between 40 and 75 years of age (the report provides formulas for calculating 10-year risk).
“Statins were chosen because their use has resulted in the greatest benefit and the lowest rates of safety issues. No other cholesterol-lowering drug is as effective as statins,” said Dr. Stone.
The report also stresses the importance of lifestyle in managing cholesterol and preventing heart disease. “The cornerstone of all guidelines dealing with cholesterol is a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Stone. “That is particularly important in the young, because preventing high cholesterol later in life is the first and best thing someone can do to remain heart-healthy. On the other hand, if someone already has atherosclerosis, lifestyle changes alone are not likely to be enough to prevent heart attack, stroke, and death, and statin therapy will be necessary.”
If you find yourself a member of one of the groups, you should consult your Dr. and talk with them about these new recommendations. As always, you should not make any changes in your medications without your Dr’s approval.
If you have questions about the new guidelines, you should call your Doctor and/or speak with them at your next appointment.
To find ways to become more heart healthy, please see the American Heart Association’s web site for more information.

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/GettingHealthyUCM001078SubHomePage.jsp

2013 Award Ceremony

North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad held its annual awards banquet at Callie Bakers Firehouse Grill where we passed out, awards that’s is.
The 2013 Member of the Year was Kris Dobinson. Kris, who serves as a Captain with the Merchant Marines, donates a lot of time to NMB Rescue Squad his when he is not out on the rolling seas, like he as the night of the awards.
In 2013 Kris spent 425 hours running on the ambulance and answered medical 137 calls. Kris is also on the water rescue team and contributes time there when he is on dry land. Kris is always available to do stand-bys at community events, like the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the Monday After The Masters charity tournament. Kris has been a member for five years. Congratulation Kris and thanks for all that you do.

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Mike Heiser received an award for answering 1,250 calls. Only one other person in the squad’s history has received recognition for reaching this milestone achievement. Mike is an Intermediate EMT and has been a member for approximately 13 years. Mike started out as a cadet when he was just 16 years old. Mike is also a member of the Board of Directors and has served on the board for a few years. Congratulations Mike!

We also gave a few awards for reaching the 250 call count level. This year’s recipients included….May I have the envelope please…..
Kris Dobinson- OK now, let’s give other’s a chance and don’t be too greedy. As you know, Kris also won the Member of the Year award for 2013. Good thing we don’t have a Ms. or Mr. Congeniality Award or he might not have been able to carry them all.

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Christian Lara – Christian is a Paramedic with NMB Rescue and in his spare time he works full time for Horry County Fire Rescue. Christian has been a member for approximately 3 years and also works with the water rescue team. He has been on the Board for two years although to him it seems more like ten.
Pam Wingate – Pam is our fearless leader, having served as Chief for two terms. (Just don’t put a spider on her) Pam is a Paramedic and also works for Horry County Fire Rescue. As Chief, Pam spends a lot of time keeping all of us all inline and pulling out here hair in exasperation. She too also works with the water rescue team and keeps threatening to drown unruly members.
In 2013, we had a tie vote for the Call Of The Year. Both calls were completed by our water rescue team.

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The first call involved rescuing a stranded boat from Waite Island. Responding to the call was Randy Gardner( missing from photo), Julie Phillips, Brian Cavallo and Chris Price.

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The second call involved the search and rescue for a missing surfer. The responding crew spent over four hours in the unsuccessful search for the person. Those who responded to the call included Randy Gardner(who is still missing from the picture), Pam Wingate, John Wylie, Chris Walden, Christian Lara, Brandon Cavallo, ( and the still missing )Kris Dobinson and Ryan Sigworth.

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Those who didn’t get an award got an extra dessert. From the way it looked, they were pretty good.
Congratulations to all these fine members for their service and the time they give to the NMB community.

Replace Your Battery, Replace Your Smoke Detector, New Vibrating Smoke Detectors For The Hearing Imparied

 

Fire Pub

When the time changes, everyone has heard it is time to change your smoke detector battery. How many people remember to do that?

The facts and figures for having a working smoke detector can not be denied. In South Carolina, there were 39 fire deaths since January, 2013. Two of those deaths were in Horry County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, two thirds of home fire deaths were in homes without a working smoke detector. The pain of being burnt in a fire is unimaginable or waking up and being smothered by smoke as you gasp for breath and try to get out of a burning building would be a horrendous experience.

Batteries for your smoke alarm run less than a dollar and a new detector will cost around $6.00 to $20.o0. All local fire departments in Horry county will come and change your battery for you at no charge. A list of phone numbers can be found at the end of the post.

Les Williamson, Fire Marshall with North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue said that it is important that the battery be replaced in the electrical powered smoke detectors so that they will work during a power outage. This is important since people generally light candles during a power outage which results in a greater chance of fire.

Williamson also said that if you rent your home or apartment, the landlord is required to replace batteries or install a new smoke detector.

Kathy Nieuwenhuis, who is Public Education Officer with Horry County Fire Rescue said that most people don’t realize that smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years. This includes both battery powered and electric smoke detectors that are wired into your home.

Smoke detectors have a small amount of radioactive ions that slowly stop working after a number of years. This may make an older smoke detector completely stop working or delay the activation of the alarm.

Nieuwenhuis said that Horry County has received grants that allow them to install or replace alarms in peoples homes that can not afford to buy new systems.

She said that they have received a new type of alarm system that vibrates. These are for those who are either deaf or hearing impaired. When the detector is activated from smoke, the alarm starts to “shake and vibrate” alerting the residents and allowing them to escape. Nieuwenhuis said that she could hear the “shaking outside of the house”.

These systems are provided at no cost and Horry County Fire Rescue will come out and install the system at no charge. If you know of someone who needs a vibrating detector/alarm, contact Nieuwenhuis at 915-7061.

All the fire departments in Horry county will replace your battery if you are unable to climb and will install a smoke detector if you can not afford a new one.

Don’t become one of the U.S. Fire Administration’s statistics. If you have a smoke detector that needs a new or replacement battery, call your local fire department. If you don’t have a smoke detector and can’t afford one, call your local fire department. If you or someone you know is hearing impaired and would like a vibrating smoke alarm, call Kathy Nieuwenhuis.

Please keep us from coming out to your home for a fire, unless it is in your bar-b-que pit and you are inviting us to dinner.

PHONE NUMBERS TO CALL FOR BATTERY REPLACEMENT OR NEW ALARMS (INCLUDING VIBRATING ALARMS)

Horry County Fire Rescue 915-7061

North Myrtle Beach Fire/Rescue 280-5615

For information on smoke detectors, use the link below.

http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/smokealarms/alarms/

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER MONTH

October is Breast Cancer Month and here is some basic information that you should be aware of.

  • This year there will be about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 deaths from breast cancer.
  • A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases with age; more than three out of four breast cancer cases occur in women over age 50.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.
  • The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. ( Source Center for Disease Control)

Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

How can you not become a statistic?

  • Get screened for breast cancer regularly. By getting regular exams, you’re more likely to find breast cancer early.
  • Control your weight and exercise. Make healthy choices in the foods you eat and the kinds of drinks you have each day. Stay active. Learn more about keeping a healthy weight and ways to increase your physical activity.
  • Know your family history of breast cancer. If you have a mother, father, sister, brother, son, or daughter with breast cancer, ask your doctor what is your risk of getting breast cancer and how you can lower your risk.
  • Find out the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Some women use hormone replacement therapy to treat the symptoms of menopause. Ask your doctor about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy and find out if it is right for you. To learn more about hormone replacement therapy, visit the National Cancer Institute—Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink.

Some warning signs of breast cancer are—

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.
  • Keep in mind that some of these warning signs can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.
  • If you have any signs that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away.

LOOKING FORWARD
A large, long-term study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is now being done to help find the causes of breast cancer. Known as the Sister Study, it has enrolled 50,000 women who have sisters with breast cancer. This study will follow these women for at least 10 years and collect information about genes, lifestyle, and environmental factors that may cause breast cancer. An offshoot of the Sister Study, the Two Sister Study, is designed to look at possible causes of early onset breast cancer. To find out more about these studies, call 1-877-4-SISTER (1-877-474-7837) or visit the Sister Study Web site (www.sisterstudy.org).

Breast cancer has had many advancements in the past several years, but as with other cancer’s, it still has a long way to go before a cure will be found.

There have been several areas of interest that researchers are currently working on. They include chemoprevention using Retinoids, which are drugs related to vitamin A . It has been show in a small study to reduce breast cancer risk as much as some estrogen blocking drugs.

There are newer imaging test that are now being studied for evaluating abnormalities that may be breast cancers. Scintimammography, uses a slightly radioactive tracer that is injected into a vein. The tracer attaches to breast cancer cells and is detected by a special camera. Some early studies have suggested that it may be almost as accurate as more expensive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. This test, however, will not replace your usual screening mammogram.

Advanced breast cancers are often hard to treat, so researchers are always looking for newer drugs. Researchers are looking at new chemotherapy drugs that will be more effective.

A drug class has been developed that targets cancers caused by BRCA mutations. This class of drugs is called PARP inhibitors and they have shown promise in clinical trials treating breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers that had spread and were resistant to other treatments.

A recent study found that women with early-stage breast cancer who were vitamin D deficient were more likely to have their cancer recur in a distant part of the body and had a poorer outlook. More research is needed to confirm this finding, and it is not yet clear if taking vitamin D supplements would be helpful. Still, you might want to talk to your doctor about testing your vitamin D level to see if it is in the healthy range.

As with any medical condition we cannot urge you more strongly to see your doctor. There is also MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center Comprehensive Breast Care Program that according to MUSC, is the most advanced in South Carolina. They are the only South Carolina breast center accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and also affiliated with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) cancer center. Their Advanced Breast Reconstruction Program offers the full spectrum of breast reconstruction options, including the revolutionary DIEP flap procedure.

Most experts agree that early diagnosis and early treatment is the best defense for treating any medical problem. So if you have any concerns or questions, call your doctor today.

North Myrtle Beach Rescue 55th Annual Fish Fry and Bar-B-Que, Silent Auction Prizes Galore and Great Entertainers

fishfryThis year marks our 55th year of service to our community and the 55th anniversary of our community’s opportunity to support North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad.

This year’s fish fry is going to be bigger and better than ever. The big day is October 26th from 11 AM to 6 PM at the North Myrtle Beach Primary School on 11th Avenue North.

The all you can eat event includes golden fried fish filets, Chandlers N.C. sweet bar-b-que, creamy cole slaw, Nana’s 102 year old recipe cold slaw, little round crispy white potatoes, sweet potato fries, hush puppies, traditional green beans with bacon, rolls, pickles, tea and coffee…all for a donation of $8.00 No one has ever come to our fish fry and left hungry and that is one thing we will never allow to happen..

It will be a day for fun and frivolity with food, entertainment and our silent auction. There will be tables with listings of prizes from many of our supporters. Here is a list of the prizes being offered and please support these businesses that help us out.

SILENT AUCTION PRIZES

Thanks to all of these local businesses that have donated items for our silent auction. Please show your support to these fine folks by visiting and supporting them. Without their support and involvement with their community, we could not fulfill our mission.

Family Kingdom Amusement Park

Four VIP All Day Ride Passes                        

$105.00 Value No Expiration Date

www.familykingdomfun.com

 

Splashes Ocean Front Water Park at Family Kingdom

Four VIP All Day Passes

$90.00 Value No Expiration Date

www.familykingdomfun.com/WaterPark

 

Elliott Realty Beach Rentals

Two Night/Three Day Oceanfront Condo Rental

$300.00 Value Expires 4/30/2014

www.elliottrealty.com

 

The Big “M” Casino

Four  Prizes. Free Boarding and Buffet for Two. (excludes $10.00 port tax)

A Fifty Dollar Value.

Expires 12/30/2014

www.bigmcasino.com

 

NASCAR Speedpark or Myrtle Waves or Pavillion Nostalgia Park

Or Myrtle Waves Water Park

Two Complimentary Admission Passes

Valid until September 30, 2014

A $50.00 Value

www.nascarspeedpark.com…..www.myrtlewaves.com

 

Barefoot Princess Riverboat

Two Dinner Cruises

A $79.90 Value. Expires 11/1/2014

www.mbriverboat.com

 

 

Barefoot Resort and Golf

Four Rounds of Golf (carts not included)

Available at the Norman, Love, Fazio or Dye courses

A $400.00 value. Expires 10/15/2014

www.barefootgolf.com

 

 

RIDEMAKERZ

One Remote Control Customized Fire Truck

A $125.00 Value.

www.ridemakerz.com

 

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Two Tickets To A Pelicans Game, Pelicans Hat, Pelicans T-Shirt

A $100.00 Value. Tickets for 2014 Season.

www.myrtlebeachpelicans.com

 

Nick’s Cigar World

2 Prizes. Five $10.00 Gift Cards Towards Any Purchase.

A $50.00 Value. Expires 12/31/2013

www.nickscigarworld.net

 

National Golf Management

Four Rounds Of Golf At Your Choice Of Courses Including Aberdeen Country Club, Arcadian Shores, Grand Dunes Resort, Litchfield County Club, Long Bay, Myrtle Beach National, Myrtlewood, Pawleys Plantation, Pine Lakes, River Club, Waterway Hills,  And Willbrook Planation.

A value of up to $400.00. Expires 9/30/2014

www.nationalgolfmanagement.com

 

Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf

2 Prizes Of Five Expeditions Of Golf At One Of Nine Courses.

A $50.00 value each. No expiration date.

www.losttreasuregolf.com

 

Legends In Concert

Two Regular Seat Tickets

An $80.00 value. No Expiration Date

www.legendsinconcert.com

 

Joes Bar And Grill

Two $25.00 Gift Certificates

A $50.00 Value. No Expiration Date.

www.joesbarandgrillonline.com

 

House Of Blues

Two Tickets To Any Concert (Subject To Availability)

A $100.00 Value. Expires October 2014.

www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/myrtlebeach/

 

Sunny Side Up Diner

2 Prizes. Five Prizes Of One Free Menu Item Or Buffet

A $50.00 Value. No expiration Date

www.sunnysideupdiner.com

 

The Shoe Center

One $25.00 Gift Certificate

A $25.00 Value.  No Expiration Date

www.shagshoes.com

 

Alabama Theatre

Two Tickets For “One The New Show” Or “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show”

A $90.00 Value. Expires 12/30/2013.

www.alabama-theatre.com

 

Calvin Gilmore Presents The Carolina Opry

Two Tickets For Regular Season Show.

A $90.00 Value. Valid February 2014 to September 2014

www.thecarolinaopry.com

 

The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Two Twenty Five Dollar Gift Certificates

A $50.00 Value. Expires 4/30/2014

www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com

 

Sea Gals Furniture, Consignment and Boutique

A  framed color lithograph of the Cherry Grove Pier

A $100.00 Value.

www.seagalsfurnitureconsignment.com/#!

 

 

Backstage Mirror Maze

Family Four Pack of VIP Tickets to the Backstage Mirror Maze

A $68.60 Value.  Expires March 2014

www.backstagemirrormaze.com

 

Joe’s Crab Shack

Five $10.00 gift certificates, a free appetizer coupon and one of Joe’s t-shirts.

A $90.00 Value. No expiration Date.

www.joescrabshack.com

 

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Gift bag include two tickets dinner and show, cd, calendar and other goodies.

A $125.00 Value. No Expiration Date.

www.medievaltimes.com

 

SunCruz Casino

Two Ticket Packets, including Boarding Pass, Meal, $10.00 Casino Cash, Two Well Drinks.

A $120.00 Value. No Expiration Date

www.suncruzcasino.com

 

 

 

 

ENTERTAINMENT:

Many of our members wanted to entertain you with their attempts at singing, but the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights prevents any form of torture. We found several very talented folks that have volunteered to entertain you. Here is our line up of the talented individuals that will be performing:

 

SplashSPLASH, the official mascot of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be on hand to welcome folks from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Bring your kids and your cameras. Splash burst onto the scene in 1999 as the official mascot of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Fourteen years later, he’s still going strong! Since the Pelicans flew into the Grand Strand, Splash and his antics have been on display at each and every home game.

 

Owen Reeves will be performing from 12:30 pm to 1:00 PM. He will be teaming up with Maddie Hunt to perform a a few duets also.

 

Maddie Hunt CopyMaddie Hunt will be performing from 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM. She will be performing individually and as a duet with Owen . Maddie is 13 and is the current Little Miss South Carolina Sweetheart.  She won the Conway superstar singing competition junior division last year.  She has been performing along the Grand Strand for over a year at Liberty Tap Room, Liberty Steakhouse, Capriz, Wahoo’s in Murrells Inlet, and the coffee house on Broadway Street.  She has also performed the National Anthem at the MB Pelicans for the last 3 year, MB Beach Ball Classic and this past summer at the Orlando Convention center during the National Volleyball tournament.  Along with singing she enjoys volunteering.  She has received the gold Presidents award the past 2 years for her community service work.  Since June of this year she already has logged about 300 hours of community service.

 

Al Pittman will be entertaining the hungry masses from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Al is a violinist and will be playing movie themes and broadway show tunes. Al has been playing most of his life and was a charter member of the Long Bay Symphony. He served as first violinist for eight years. He also plays at North Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church on Sundays.

 

Don’t let the flu bug bite you

Benjamin Franklin said there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. But we need to add one more…the flu. It is almost time to hear that hacking cough, sneezing, shivering and moaning of the 2013 flu season. There is time to either avoid the flu or to lessen its severity. Many people don’t get the flu vaccine, even though it is covered by most insurance policies and if you don’t have insurance, it is not very expensive. Getting a vaccine is a lot cheaper than ending up in the hospital or dying.

The first case of the flu was reported in South Carolina the first week of October. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control has planned to focus its resources on providing flu shots for the uninsured, under-insured, and those who do not have access to the vaccine.

“Vaccination remains the single best way to prevent the spread of flu,” according to state epidemiologist Linda Bell, M.D.” We recommend the flu vaccine for everyone six months of age or older. Flu season typically peaks in February in South Carolina. But you should get vaccinated as soon as possible to give your body time to strengthen its natural resistance to the virus before you are exposed. We strongly recommend flu vaccine for anyone who wants to reduce their risk from flu and its complications.”

To learn where and when influenza vaccine will be offered in your area, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/flu/clinic-options.htm.

“You can help reduce the chance of spreading flu and other viruses by covering your cough with a tissue or your sleeve, washing your hands often and staying home if you get sick,” Dr. Bell said. “Another good idea is to live healthy – eat properly and get plenty of exercise and rest.” Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infections can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is recommending that everyone over the age of six months should get a flu shot. People who are in a higher risk category are strongly urged to get one. Those people include the following:

* People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu.

*People who have chronic medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.

*Pregnant women.

*People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.

*People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications.

*People that live in a house with or are caregivers of people with certain medical conditions

These include diabetes, asthma, and any chronic respiratory disease.

* People that live in a house with or are caregivers of infants less than 6 months old

* People that live in a house with or are caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including

* Health care personnel.

 

WHERE TO GET A VACCINE

There are many places to get your vaccine.  If you have insurance or can afford to pay for one, you can get your vaccine from your doctor, a medical walk in office or now even stores such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, Target and even Kroger are giving the vaccinations this year. Isn’t America great when you can go to Kroger’s and ask for a dozen eggs, a quart of ice cream and a flu shot.

The Health Department is offering flu vaccines at two of their offices in Horry County.

The cost of the seasonal flu shot is $25. A nurse at their office said “please do not let cost prevent you from seeking your flu shot. Ask how we can help and please wear a short-sleeved shirt.”

Conway Health Department      Wednesdays      8:30am – 4:00 pm

1931 Industrial Park Road

Conway

1-866-411-5767

By appointment only. Call 1-866-411-5767

 

Myrtle Beach Health Department     Mondays    8:30am – 3:45pm

700 21st Avenue North

Myrtle Beach

By appointment only. Call 1-866-411-5767

 

WHO PAYS FOR MY VACCINE?

If you have Medicare, it is a covered procedure. You pay nothing for a flu shot if the doctor or other health care provider accepts assignment for giving the shot, and the Part B deductible doesn’t apply.

Medicaid payment of flu shots vary from state to state. The South Carolina Medicaid program does pays for one flu shot annually. If you are a Medicaid participant in another state, please check with your local health department or physician.

Most insurance companies pay for a flu vaccine.  It varies from insurance company to insurance company whether there is a co-pay or the deductible applies. Please check with your insurance agent for rules regarding your policy. Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services, like the flu vaccine, at no cost to you.

Those are the basic facts or the flu shot. Please make arrangements to get yours today so we won’t have to take you or someone in your family to the hospital. Let’s make a change Ben Franklin’s adage to there are three things certain in life: death, taxes and a flu shot.

To learn where and when influenza vaccine will be offered in South Carolina, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/flu/clinic-options.htm.

To learn more about the flu shot, visit the Centers for Disease Control:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/index.htm

Hope that we have provided some useful information. If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please send to mailto:kipblog@nmbrescue.com