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Old Newsboys to partner with Genesee County Fair

FLINT— The Old Newsboys of Flint are partnering with the Genesee County Fair to encourage family fun for a good cause. The Genesee County Fair, running Aug. 15–21, have made available their Genesee County Fun Fair Pass which provides admission to the Fair all week and premium seating to all Grand Stand shows for $20, and all-week parking for $15 with a portion of every ticket sold through the Old Newsboys office to be donated back to the organization. Tickets are available at the Old Newsboys Office at 6255 Taylor Dr., Flint — or by calling 810-744-1840.

Over the last 87 years the Old Newsboys organization has put presents under the tree for over 765,000 children across Genesee County. In 2010 alone, 5,653 children received gifts from the Old Newsboys. Each box provides warm clothing, socks and underwear, gloves and a stocking cap, dental hygiene products, and a toy to an at-risk child. The program is funded entirely through the annual paper sale, donations, and fundraisers like this one. — G.G.

Outreach needs coats

DAVISON — Outreach East is in need of gently used adult-sized coats. Please drop off at 425 Genesee St. Davison, Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 1-6 p.m.. Tax receipts available upon request. — 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 www.gchd.us for more flu resources and information. — G.G.

Help for new breastfeeding moms

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 tonguetie. 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.


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