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Archive for August, 2012

New Hanover Co. Health Dept. to offer flu vaccines starting Sept. 18

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It may still be summer, but flu season is just around the corner. To get ready, the New Hanover County Health Department will begin offering flu shots Tuesday, September 18.

The shots are available by appointment Monday through Thursday from 8:15 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and until 4:15 p.m. on Friday. Appointments can be made by calling (910) 798-6646.

The Health Department says its goal is to get patients in and our in 20 minutes or less. The staff will also provide the vaccine to anyone with mobility issues in the comfort of their automobile.

You do not have to be a New Hanover County resident to get a flu shot at the Health Department.

If your church, civic group or business is interested in the Health Department offering a flu clinic at your location, call (910) 798-6529. The Health Department will bring the flu clinic to groups of 20 or more persons.

This year the Health Department is accepting Medicare/Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of NC, United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Health Choice, cash, check, Visa/MasterCard (credit or debit).

There is also a new recommendation for receiving Pneumovax (the pneumonia shot). Adult tobacco smokers, ages 19 years and older, are now being urged to receive the vaccine, since they are at a heightened risk for respiratory infection. Pneumovax vaccinations should be separated by five years and you should only receive two in your lifetime. People in good health and do not smoke usually receive one Pneumovax vaccination at age 65 years or older.

For current information on the Flu Clinic at New Hanover County Health Department, call (910) 798-6676. This information line will be updated as necessary throughout the flu season.

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Christie to help McCrory raise money

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A day after he gave a primetime speech at the Republican National Convention comes word New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will help a fellow Republican try and win the same office in North Carolina.

Pat McCrory’s campaign says Christie will attend a McCrory fundraiser at a home in Charlotte September 13.

“Gov. Christie is a strong, inspirational and visionary leader who is not afraid of telling people the truth and treating people like adults,” McCrory said in a statement. “Unfortunately, while other governors from around the country have been showing leadership and implementing reforms, North Carolina has had a bystander in the governor’s office. I look forward to having Gov. Christie with me on the campaign trail to talk about the kind of strong leadership and vision we need in the governor’s office to start a Carolina comeback.”

Tickets to the event range from $250 per person to $4,000 per couple.

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Carolinas gas prices up sharply because of Isaac

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — AAA Carolinas reports Hurricane Isaac has caused the sharpest overnight spike in gas prices in the Carolinas since Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

South Carolina prices jumped almost 8 cents a gallon to nearly $3.58 on Wednesday. In the Upstate, which typically has the lowest gas prices, the increase was almost 11 cents.

Gas was up more than 5 cents a gallon in North Carolina with the average price $3.73. Prices in the Asheville area were up more than 6 cents.

AAA says prices will increase as long as the storm disrupts Gulf of Mexico oil operations.

The sharpest single overnight gas price increase in the region was during Katrina in 2005 when prices jumped almost 16 cents a gallon in South Carolina and almost 12 cents in North Carolina.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Romney to speak to veterans in Indiana; won’t address convention from there

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

TAMPA, FL (AP) — Mitt Romney will focus on veterans’ issues with a speech today to the American Legion as speakers at the GOP convention address defense and foreign affairs.

The Republican nominee is making a day-trip detour to Indiana to speak to the veterans’ service organization as the convention in Tampa continues.

Sen. John McCain – nominated four years ago only to lose to Democrat Barack Obama – will address delegates this evening, as will former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The convention focus will be on foreign affairs before tonight’s speech by Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate.

Romney, officially nominated yesterday, is looking to burnish his credentials as a plausible commander in chief.

Plans initially called for Romney to address the convention this evening from Indianapolis by video hook-up in conjunction with McCain. But campaign officials now say that idea has been scrapped, and that Romney will return to Tampa instead of spending the night in Indiana.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WHAT names new medical director

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WHAT provides primary care, mental health and health education services to teens.

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