The teen years can be wonderful, full of exciting changes and growth. But they can also be really confusing, especially when it comes to things like dating and relationships. Here at MCC, we believe in self-empowerment and healthy relationships. Everyone is deserving of a healthy, loving relationship.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Do you have questions about dating, or wonder how healthy your relationship is? Click here for some real answers to real questions about dating:
Teens can find out more at loveisrepect.org, or text Blue Door @MCC at (707) 513-7575 with questions about relationships or to make an appointment to talk about what’s happening in your life. We are here for you!
It feels like we have been struggling with COVID forever. And if it feel that way for an adult, it’s even more difficult for a child. As parents, we sometimes don’t know what to say when our children are upset, or scared, or hurting. Here are some ideas to help you help your child through this challenging time:
If you need some extra help, MCC’s therapists are here for you and your child. We have therapists who are bilingual and specialize in caring for children. Just give us a call at 961-3492 to make an appointment. We are here for you!
Local trainers Holly and Dakotah are putting the Zoom in Zumba! Just in time for those New Year’s resolutions, they are offering classes 6 days a week.
A schedule of classes is listed below, and they usually send a recording of classes as well, so you can dance on your own schedule. If you would like to preview a class for free, contact Dakotah at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a link.
Note that some of our rural local internet connections do not always sync up to the music and moves, so you may want to try a class first to make sure there are no technical issues before you commit and pay.
The fee is $25-$50 a month. This is a sliding scale fee so students can pay whatever they feel comfortable with. Dakotah and Holly accept PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, Zelle or check by mail.
Schedule of Zumba+ Classes:
Monday (Holly) 12:00pm-Zumba
Tuesday (Dakotah) 9:30am-weights 10:00am-Zumba
Wednesday (Holly) 12:00pm-Zumba
Thursday (Dakotah) 9:30am-weights 10:00am-Zumba
Friday (Dakotah) 9:30am-strength training 10:00am-Zumba
Most of us are glad to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021!
This is the time of year when we make resolutions, and yours might include taking better control of your health or just making sure you’re caught up on important health checkups, like mammograms, colonoscopies, and Pap tests. MCC is here to help. Give us a call today at 964-1251 to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!
If you’re looking for help managing your diabetes or guidance on how to eat healthier, we can help with that, too. You can see our registered dietitian or diabetes educator for free! Call 964-1251 for your appointment.
Recently, one of our community partners, Karen Oslund, reminded us that cancer isn’t taking a break just because we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Karen is the executive director of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County and she has a front-row seat to the devastation cancer can cause for individuals and everyone who loves them.
Her comment got us thinking about how hard it is to convince ourselves that now is the time to do preventive care. Even in the best of times—and these are not the best of times—most of us are really good at coming up with reasons why we can wait until tomorrow or next week (or never) to make an appointment for our annual exam or a cancer screening we know we need. Until we have symptoms, we believe we’ll always have more time.
When the coronavirus hit last spring, many of us thought we’d hold our breath until it was over, figuratively speaking. Well, this is lasting longer than most of us expected, and putting life on hold until it’s over doesn’t seem like such a good strategy anymore.
With that in mind, if you have a little extra time on your hands, what better time to schedule an appointment than now? At Mendocino Coast Clinics, we can help you figure out how to afford the care you need, so don’t let that be a barrier.
During an annual check-up, a medical provider will review your family health history, your lifestyle, your age, your emotional state, and your physical condition. With this information, they can let you know which screenings you need and how to decrease your risk of developing chronic illnesses. The simple act of taking your vital signs allows a medical provider to determine whether you’re at risk for common diseases like hypertension. Routine screening serve an important purpose. There is strong science behind the reason that the recommendations are made.
There is no magic number to determine when you’ll start having health problems, but people older than 50 are at higher risk for many illnesses, so once you hit that age, it’s smart to keep an eye on things like blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, colorectal health, and bone density, among other things. Men should also monitor their prostate function and women should become familiar with menopause symptoms. Your medical provider will likely also recommend getting vaccinated for the flu, pneumonia, and shingles.
If you’re thinking, “I feel fine. I don’t need to see a doctor,” you may be right; however, there are some serious health problems that can go undetected for a long time unless you’re looking for them. For example, many types of cancer don’t have noticeable symptoms until the cancer has spread. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, this is a great time for women to go get a mammogram. Most breast cancer, like many types of cancer, is highly treatable when discovered early. Hypertension is another condition that usually doesn’t exhibit symptoms until it has progressed to the point of putting patients at risk.
We’re living in stressful times right now. Why not schedule an appointment for an annual check-up to put your mind at ease and get the care you need to stay strong and healthy now and into the future?
Fort Bragg, CA – Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) is offering a free, drive-through Public Health flu vaccine clinic on Tuesday, October 20 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the west parking lot of 205 South Street. It is open to all coastal residents and no appointment is necessary.
“Everyone is welcome. You don’t have to be an MCC patient to get vaccinated,” said MCC Executive Director Lucresha Renteria. “The only people who should not get the flu shot are babies younger than six months old and the tiny percentage of people who are allergic (which is like 0.0001 percent of the population). We will not provide high-dose vaccines, so this clinic is safe for pregnant women and people who are medically compromised.”
In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Mendocino County, Renteria noted that the flu shot is more important than ever. People who get the flu vaccine typically either do not get the flu at all or they have milder flu symptoms, which makes them less likely to require hospitalization. “The flu shot is always a good idea, but it is even more important this year,” she said.
MCC remains dedicated to serving all people on the coast, including the most vulnerable populations such as the elderly and the homeless. To do so, it is imperative that healthcare workers remain healthy. Renteria urged people to comply with Public Health directives to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and limit non-essential group gatherings.
For details about the flu clinic, call (707) 964-1251.
Mendocino Coast Clinics (MCC) ofrecerá una clínica de vacunación contra la gripe de salud pública gratuita el martes 20 de octubre de 3:00 a 5:00 pm en el estacionamiento oeste de 205 South Street. Está abierto a todos los residentes de la costa y no se necesita una cita.
“Todos son bienvenidos. No es necesario ser paciente de MCC para vacunarse ”, dijo la directora ejecutiva de MCC, Lucresha Renteria. “Las únicas personas que no deberían vacunarse contra la gripe son los bebés menores de seis meses y el pequeño porcentaje de personas alérgicas (que es como el 0.0001 por ciento de la población). No proporcionaremos vacunas en dosis altas, por lo que esta clínica es segura para mujeres embarazadas y personas con problemas médicos “.
Con el reciente aumento de casos de COVID-19 en el condado de Mendocino, Rentería señaló que la vacuna contra la gripe es más importante que nunca. Las personas que se vacunan contra la gripe generalmente no contraen la gripe o tienen síntomas de gripe más leves, lo que las hace menos propensas a requerir hospitalización. “La vacuna contra la gripe siempre es una buena idea, pero es aún más importante este año”.
MCC sigue dedicado a servir a todas las personas de la costa, incluidas las poblaciones más vulnerables, como los ancianos y las personas sin hogar. Para ello, es imperativo que los trabajadores a la atención de la salud se mantengan sanos. Rentería impulse que todos cumplimos con las directivas de salud pública para usar máscaras, mantener el distanciamiento social y limitar las reuniones grupales no esenciales.
Para obtener detalles sobre la clínica de la gripe, llame al (707) 964-1251.
As cooler weather approaches, most of us will start spending even more time indoors, and experts tell us this could cause an uptick in the number of coronavirus cases. In related news, flu season is on its way. Just another kick in the teeth from 2020, a year many of us would like to leave behind.
The good news is there are steps we can all take to reduce our risk of both COVID-19 and the influenza virus, and the precautions for one also reduce our risk of the other: wearing masks, remaining socially distant, washing our hands regularly, and limiting contact with people as much as possible. Although we must wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to become available, we can get our flu shot right now.
You may be thinking, if we’re all wearing masks and staying socially distant, why do we need a vaccine? There are several reasons. First, the flu is far more prevalent than the coronavirus and therefore, it is likely to spread to more people. Although you may wear masks at work and in public, you probably don’t wear them at home where people pass viruses back and forth all the time. And if you have children, your chances of getting the flu just went up.
Some people don’t get the flu shot because the vaccine is only 40-50 percent effective. But even if the vaccine protects only half the people who receive it, that means a very large number of people will not be spreading it to others. Also, people who get the vaccine typically have milder flu symptoms and are less likely to require hospitalization or to die from a complication of the illness. During the 2019-2020 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “estimates that influenza was associated with 38 million illnesses, 18 million medical visits, 405,000 hospitalizations, and 22,000 deaths.”
Really, the only people who should not get the flu shot are babies younger than six months old and adults with allergic reactions. Just to be clear, many people experience a minor immune response to the vaccine—this is not an allergic reaction. If you feel tired and a little sick after getting the flu shot, this is actually not a bad thing according to Mendocino Coast Clinics Medical Director Dr. Lawrence Goldyn. These are the signs that your immune system is revving up. Just to put your mind at ease, according to the CDC, in recent years only 33 individuals out of 25 million vaccines given had a serious allergic reaction. So, it is extremely rare.
If you are pregnant or immuno-compromised, it is important to mention this to the person providing the flu shot. The nasal spray typically given to children is not safe for people who are immuno-compromised because the vaccine contains a little bit of live virus.
Overall, getting the flu shot is likely to prevent you from getting the flu or at least reduce your symptoms, and that will not only make you feel better but also slow the spread of the flu. Also, if you get the flu shot and later experience flu-like symptoms, your medical provider may be better able to diagnose you with coronavirus rather than the flu, saving valuable time.
Much is still unknown about the coronavirus, but we do know that people who get the flu are often more susceptible to secondary infections. It is possible that getting COVID-19 could increase our chances of contracting the flu or vice versa. It’s best to do what we can to prevent infection, and that means getting a flu shot.
The flu vaccine is proven safe and effective and every medical provider I know gets vaccinated every year (and insists their loved ones do the same). Here at Mendocino Coast Clinics, Dr. Goldyn insists that every member of the staff get the flu shot unless the employee has a medical history that makes it dangerous—a very rare occurrence.
Please, for your own health and the health of our whole community, go get a flu shot!
“Back to school” may look a little different this year, but it’s still a good time to make sure that your kids are up to date on their recommended vaccines.
If they have fallen behind due to COVID-19, they can still catch up. Just give our Pediatrics office a call at 964-5696 to make an appointment for current or catch up vaccines for your little ones. We are here to help keep your children well and safe! #bestcareanywhere
Many of us are finding it challenging to balance all our daily tasks these days. Here are some tips for going easier on yourself and managing your stress while still handling those thousand and one things that you have to do every day. You are not alone! And you can do it!
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