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By Michelle Crouch
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By Ann Hardie
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey in the USVI
If you visited the AARP Virgin Islands booth at the Agricultural Fair in February, you were given information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the survey that is being done in the territory.  The BRFSS is a project within the VI Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program which is tasked with compiling health studies on various topics. The studies are completed using data received from Virgin Islands residents. The studies are very important to the territory as a whole. They are used for a variety of purposes including: 1) to help the Department of Health identify community health needs 2) to help apply for various health grants 3) to help policy makers make decisions based on the actual needs of the community and 4) to identify the types of health care personnel that the territory needs to recruit.
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The flu can keep you in bed for days, and for the elderly, very young children and people with low immunity, it can be a killer. That’s why AARP is working with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and other agencies to hold daylong immunization fairs. The events offer free flu shots and shingles vaccinations for senior citizens, grandparents raising grandchildren, and others at risk.
Washing Hands
Hi blog readers! It's Heather back with your weekly health care post.  The CDC has come out with a new report on hospital infections that serves as a good reminder to all of us about disease prevention.  Wash those hands people!
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