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~,,,ll,,,It,,~I 6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3. 2010 State reports first confirmed influenza case in ADC holds food drive cou.., photo The Adult Drug Court (ADC) Alumni organized a food drive for Thanksgiving.Thanks to the generous donations of local residents, the group was able to feed three needy families during theThanksgiving holiday. ADCA thanks the volunteers who helped make the gift boxes and deliver them.The left over food items were donated to the Lord's Living Water Lighthouse. NM History M The New Mexico History Museum is currently hosting a contest in relation to its Threads of Memory exhibit. To enter, upload an image of your family's arrival in America, or your oldest family picture, useum along with a brief description. Users will vote on their favorites. The Top l0 with the most votes will be reviewed by the judges and winners selected. Four win- ners will receive: Four winners will receive: Honor the extraordinary women in your life through NIVlCSW to them or the vocal leaders of our communities. New Mexico women are the strength of our families, communities and state." This year's award banquet will be held on Friday, May 6. 20tl at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Twenty nominees will be selected to receive the most distinguished award honor- ing New Mexico women. Nominations are encotiraged from every community in the state. Forms can be requested by contacting the Commission office in Albuquerque at 222-6600 or toll-free at 1-800-432-9168. Forms and instructions are also Submitted by NM COMMMISSION ON THE STA- TUS of WOMENIA/buquerque Nominations are now being accepted for the 26m Annual Governor's Award for Outstand- ing New Mexico Women through February 18, 2011. Sponsored by the 'NM Commission on the Sta- tus of Women. this annual event recognizes women from all areas of the state for their leadership in their profession and community. "We are honored to receive the nominations from every cor- ner of the state of every day women doing extraordinary things," states Executive Direc- hosting t) a one mght hotel accomodation at Hotel St. Francis 2) dinner for two 3) a $50 gas card from the NM Petroleum Marketers Asso- ciation 4) Culture Passes from the NM History Museum About The Threads of Memory at the NM History Museum The first known European chronicles describing the lands and nanve peoples of what is now the United States were written in Spanish. Spain's presence on this continent evolved over 309 years--from April 12. 1513, when Juan Ponce de Le6n took posses- sion of the Florida coast for the king of Spain. to 1822, when a newly independent Mexico low- ered the Spanish flag in Califor- ma. Created in Spain, this bilin- gual exhibit explores that heri- tage. Now making its U.S. debut at the New Mexico History Mu- seum, the exhibit provides an. unprecedented opportunity to examine our common bonds through 138 rare documents. maps and portraits from the Gen- tor Mary Molina Mescall. available at the Commission's eral Archive of the Indies that "Whether silently working in the website at have been exhibited only on rare background on issues important www.womenscommission.state.nm.us, occasions since their creation. NM, strongly encouraging vaccinations Submitted by NM DOH/Santa Fe The New Mexico Depart- ment of Health reported today that it has confirmed the state's first influenza case for this year's flu season. The Department's Sci- entific Laboratory confirmed an influenza B case in a 4-year-old boy from Bernalillo County who was not vaccinated against the flu. He is recovering. "It's the beginning of our flu season, and it is critical for people to get vaccinated against influ- enza now so they can be healthy throughout the holiday season and winter," said Health Secretary Atfredo Vigil, MD. "Flu can cause serious complications, and vac- cine is the best protection for you and your family." The Department has 26 pro- viders and 32 laboratories that report influenza-like illnesses from October through May. Pro- viders that participate in the Sen- tinel Influenza Surveillance Net- work reported at the end of last week that 2.8% of their patient visits were for influenza-like.ill- ness. "We expect to see low levels of influenza at this time of the season," said state Epidemiolo- gist C. Mack Sewell. Phd~ "If you are not already vaccinated, now is the time. It usually takes two weeks for vaccine to take effect and immunity lasts at least one year." ,The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recom- mending for the first time that everyone older than 6 months get their flu vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading. This year's flu vaccine protects against three viruses (an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season). So far this year, the Depart- ment of Health has shipped 312,200 doses of vaccine to pub- lic health offices and private pro- viders for children. The Depart- ment orders for its public health offices and its long-term care fa- cilities and fior private providers who care for children. Providers for adults order on their own. New Mexicans should con- tact their health care providers to receive flu +vaccine. The ,~Department's public health of- fices provide vaccine topeople who are at high risk for serious illness or death and people who have no health insurance. Public health offices are listed in the phonebook's blue pages under state government. Contact infor- mation for public health offices is listed at www.nmhealth.org. For information about the flu and fl'u clinics, call toll-free at 866-681-5872 or look up the Department of Health's website. http ://www.immuntzenm,org/ 1 ,oubl Lil