2nd Ward Alderman Hopkins takes one for the community!


Lorraine Schoenstadt, Public Health Nurse IV, is an enthusiastic as Alderman Hopkins about flu vaccinations

A believer in influenza (flu) vaccine shots, 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins wanted to inspire others at his 2nd Ward Health Fair by getting his own shot. The Fair was in Columbus School, 1003 N. Leavitt, Oct. 17, and included many other health related topics for individuals and homes. 

Flu Shots
"Each year thousands of people in the United states die from the flu and many more are hospitalized," warns the Center for Contagious Disease (CDC). Flu can lead to pneumonia and blood infections and cause diarrhea and seizures in children. 

Those who are infants, young children, over 65, pregnant, have a weakened immune system or have other medical challenges are most at risk. 

The CDC recommends an annual dose of the flu vaccine for adults and that children between six months and eight years of age may need two doses during the flu season. 

There are those who should not get the vaccine, says the CDC. They are those who have any severe, life-threatening allergies and those who have had Guillain-Barre Syndrome. For more details check the CDC online


Key chain attachment from PSMEMC illustrates different sized breast tumors that can be found

Breast Cancer Awareness
Two different free breast cancer awareness events will be happening this week with Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC). On Thurs., Oct. 22, at Nellie's Restaurant, 2458 W. Division St., attendees will learn about the latest information about breast cancer and women's health. In addition Rabia Bhatti, MD, will give advice on breast cancer prevention and hereditary risk factors. 

Free blood pressure, body mass index and bone density screenings will be available to those attending the event at Good News Bible Church, 2038 N. California Ave., on Sat., Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. A brief informational session on breast health, screenings and the Women's Program will also be given. The first 20 participants will receive a free nail polish change and everyone will be entered in a raffle prize drawing.


A Food Safety series of booklets has a wealth of information that covers such things as food selection for and preparation at home as well as when eating out. Available from the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services, these booklets target specific challenges such as people with Cancer and Diabetes. They are available online for download in English and Spanish. Kitchen Companion is chock full of food information from foodborne bacteria through shopping, storing and preparation as well as resources for additional information. It too is downloadable online


According to Commonwealth Edison, they are interested in saving people money on their electric bills. They are offering a Home Energy Assessment and will give participants free products such as light bulbs, a Smart powerstrip, programmable thermostats, WaterSense certified showerheads, faucet aerators for bathrooms and kitchens and hot water pipe insulation. For more information on assessments, check out their website


Resident completes conversation with Paul Bredael

Paul Bredael, government and community relations representative from Peoples Gas, told residents that they can save money and energy by taking advantage of rebates on energy-saving improvements and free energy-saving products. Help is also available for customers having difficulty paying natural gas bills via Peoples' Share the Warmth matching grant program. Learn more on their website


Chicago's Head Start program

In the West Town community, from Kinzie to Bloomingdale, there are many schools that offer head start programs. They may be located on the Chicago Early Learning website

Shelley Hughes, Adult Services Librarian, West Town Library, 1625 W. Chicago, was at the fair to not just promote using the Library more often but also to encourage people to participate in the One Book, One Chicago discussion of The Third Coast on Thurs., Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Asado Coffee, 1651 W. Chicago. 


Shelley Hughes from West Town Library

She explained that the book is a critically acclaimed history of Chicago at mid-century when train-travel ruled and nearly every coast-to-coast journey included coming through Chicago. The author, Thomas Dyja, re-creates the story of Chicago in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America from Chess Records to Playboy, McDonald's to the University of Chicago. Hughes says that the characters in the book include a wide range of Chicago's most memorable people like Mahalia Jackson, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry, Sun Ra, Simone de Beauvoir, Nelson Algren, Richard J. Daley and more.



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