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First time pregnant? Relax, some things are okay

ByThomasBader, M.D. OB/GYN chairman at Crozer-Chester Medical Center At one time or another during their pregnancies, nearly all moms-to-be have questions about their pregnancies. Coupled with the hordes of (sometimes conflicting) answers thrown their way, it’s enough to overwhelm even the most well-read woman. Expecting mothers may be leery of certain activities like getting a flu shot, dying their hair, taking a bath or cleaning their house. Here is some advice. Not only can you get a flu shot, but if you’re pregnant at a certain time of year, it’s recommended. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that women who will be pregnant during flu season (November through March) get the flu shot, unless they have certain allergies or chronic illnesses. If you get the flu while you’re pregnant, you are at greater risk for certain complications that could put you and your baby at risk, such as pneumonia. The risks of the flu are much, much higher than any risks posed by the flu shot, which is now made from a virus that is not active. While a flu shot is okay, the CDC advises against pregnant women receiving the nasal-spray vaccine, which contains live viruses. In addition, women who are allergic to eggs or who have a rare condition known as Guillain-Barre Syndrome should not receive either form of the vaccination. Getting pregnant doesn’t...

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Honors for the speedy nurses

Crozer-Chester Medical Center nurses Joy Oakey, RN and Gina Lanier, RN were recently honored at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Association Track and Field luncheon.  Oakey (center) won Co-MVP Track and Field Athlete of the Year (female; long and middle distances) and Lanier (right) won an award for Excellence in Track and Field (throws).  Both women have won several national championships in track and field. Kyle Lanier (left), a nationally certified personal trainer at the Chester Senior Center, also picked up an award for Excellence in Track and Field along with his many national titles in middle and long distances.  These athletes are members of the TNT (Today NOT Tomorrow) International Racing Club that is sponsored, in large part, by the Chester Senior Center that helped TNT become the 2010 Outstanding Club of Year, triumphing over 300 track clubs in four states (PA, NJ, DE and MD) for youth and adults. TNT Club President Kyle Lanier said, “If it wasn’t for the encouraging words from our communities we live and work in, TNT International Racing Club wouldn’t have been Number One.” The next big event is the Master’s Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Albuquerque, NM, March...

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