Myeloma support group

FLINT — The next meeting of the Mid Michigan Multiple Myeloma Support Group is March 17 (the third Thursday of the month, as usual). It is held at McLaren Great Lakes Cancer Center, 4100 Beecher Rd. Flint. Details: Call 810-732-4738. — G.G.

Flu vaccinations still available

GENESEE COUNTY — Flu is spreading quickly in Genesee County. The number of young children presenting to emergency departments and hospitalized with influenza symptoms continues to rise along with cases of flu-like illnesses among schools and childcare centers.

This season there have been two deaths in Genesee County with confirmed influenza, one was an infant. Last week the state of Michigan upgraded flu activity from “regional” to “widespread” due to flu increases statewide.

It is not too late to get vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccine is widely available in Genesee County. Vaccination is the best way to prevent getting the flu. The CDC now recommends that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu each year. Vaccination is especially important for those who are at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and people of any age with certain chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease).

You can also protect yourself and others from the flu by washing your hands often with soap and water and covering your coughs and sneezes. Most importantly, those who are sick should stay at home as much as possible except to seek medical care.

Please visit the GCHD web site at for more flu resources and information. — G.G.

Breastfeeding help

GENESEE COUNTY — The Family Birthing Center of Genesys now offers help for moms who need guidance with breastfeeding. Sometimes, problems arise after breastfeeding begins, and sometimes new moms need assistance as they begin breastfeeding their baby. Women can turn to Genesys and its outpatient breastfeeding clinic for assistance, resources and support. A pediatrician — Sara Pendleton, MD, medical director of Pediatrics at Genesys; and a lactation consultant staff the clinic.

Mothers can find help for the following at the Genesys outpatient breastfeeding clinic: poor latch, insufficient milk supply, engorgement, painful breastfeeding, poor weight gain, prematurity, cleft palate, Down Syndrome and tongue-tie.

The clinic at Genesys is one of the first physician-led clinics in Michigan.

Mothers can make their own appointments or request a referral from their family physician.

Details: Call 810-606-5898. — G.G.

Health & Wellness series

DAVISON TWP. — The Health & Wellness 10 Month Series 2011 is an hour-long seminar the second Tuesday of each month at the Davison Area Senior Center, 10135 Lapeer Rd., at 6 p.m. Details: Call 810-658-1566. — G.G.

Love and Logic Parent Classes

FLINT — The Salvation Army Flint Citadel will be presenting a 7-week program titled “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent” on Tuesdays beginning March 8 continuing through April 19. The two-hour classes will begin at 6 p.m. at The Salvation Army Flint Citadel located at 211 W. Kearsley St., Flint.

Love and Logic is designed to offer adults an alternative way to communicate with children. The Love and Logic techniques produce immediate results because the techniques are simple, practical, and easy to learn. The Love and Logic parenting program costs $30 and is open to the public. To register or for more information, please call Lauren Holman at 810-232-2199 extension 203. — G.G.

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