Any person who chooses to donate to Pick.Click.Give. before March 31st while filing for their 2014 PFD will be entered into a drawing to double their 2014 PFD. If you have already donated your name will be entered into the drawing as long as you release your name. You HAVE to release your name to the non-profit you donated to. If you have already filed your PFD and did not choose to donate, you can go back in and donate, to be entered into the drawing for the Double Dividend Sweepstakes.
Remember the BETHEL FAMILY CLINIC when you Pick.Click.Give. this year.
The winners will be drawn on Oct. 1st and there will be 10 Winners.
This offer is being brought to by Exxon Mobile and Pick.Click.Give.
For further information contact the Bethel Family Clinic @ 907-543-3773
Pick.Click. Give. has a very exciting announcement for people that have already chose to donate to a non-profit of their choice while registering for their 2014 PFD online this year. If you were not able to PickClickGive when you first registered there is still time to go back and give a portion of your PFD to help your community. The announcement will be coming early next week and it is something you will not want to miss.
I wanted to bring your attention to an important community event that is taking place from Thursday, March 6th through Saturday, March 8th in Bethel.
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Bethel Family Clinic, and staff from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation will be answering questions and assisting residents of Bethel in signing up for health care coverage; whether it be under the Marketplace, VA, Medicaid/Denali KidCare, or completing Alaska Native/American Indian Exemptions. These events are also intended to shed light on some of the misconceptions and confusion surrounding the new regulations relating to health care coverage. These events are open to everyone in the community.
Those interested in signing up must have: State Photo ID, Social Security Cards (for each person needing health insurance), Income Verification (pay stubs, W-2 forms, 2012 taxes), Birth Certificate, U.S. Resident Card Passport (or anything else verifying qualifying immigration status), Policy numbers of current insurance of those in household, Current e-mail address & password (We can help you create an e-mail account).
Those filing for an AN/AI expemption must have: Tribal Enrollment Card (Village), ANSCA Shareholder Card (Regional/Village), Certificate of Indian Blood, Other Supporting Documentation, Social Security Numbers & Date of Birth (each member of your family). For further information or comment, please contact LaTesia Guinn with the Bethel Family Clinic at email@example.com or Diana Murat with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center and Library
420 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway
PO Box 368
Bethel, AK 99559
Thursday, March 6th- 9:00am-6:00pm
Friday, March 7th- 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday, March 8th- 10:00am-6:00pm
Alaska Communications Manager
508 W. 2nd Avenue, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501
Sore throats can have a variety of causes. Viruses, bacteria, allergens, environmental irritants (such as cigarette smoke), chronic postnasal drip and fungi can all cause that unpleasant, scratchy and sometimes painful condition known as a sore throat. While many sore throats will heal without treatment, some throat infections—including strep throat—may need antibiotic treatment.
How You Get Strep Throat
Strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria (called “group A strep”). Group A strep bacteria can live in a person’s nose and throat. The bacteria are spread through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze. If you drink from the same glass or eat from the same plate as the sick person, you could also become ill. It is also possible to get strep throat from contact with sores from group A strep skin infections.
Common Symptoms of Strep Throat
A fever is a common symptom of strep throat.
- Sore throat, usually starting quickly
- Severe pain when swallowing
- A fever (101° F or above)
- Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
- Tiny red spots (petechiae) on the soft or hard palate—the area at the back of the roof of the mouth
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Body aches
What is a strep test?
A strep test looks for infection caused by bacteria called group A streptococcus.
How do I prepare for this test?
The test is most accurate if you have not taken antibiotics before the test. Tell your healthcare provider if you took antibiotics during the 3 days before the test.
How is the test done?
The strep test may be done in 2 ways: a rapid strep test or a throat culture. For either test your healthcare provider gets a sample by rubbing a cotton swab against a tonsil in the back of the throat. The sample is sent to a lab.
- If the rapid strep test is done, the lab looks for a substance made by strep bacteria in the throat sample. If the test finds this substance, the result is positive and it means that strep bacteria were in the sample. The lab will have this result in 1 hour or less.
- If a throat culture is done, the lab checks for growth of bacteria from the sample. This test may be done to check the results of a rapid strep test. You can usually get these results in 24 to 48 hours.
Ask your healthcare provider when and how you will get the result of the test.
What does the test result mean?
Usually, a positive strep test means that you have strep, and a negative (normal) result means that you do not have strep.
Although these tests are very precise, they are not perfect. Cultures are more accurate and reliable than rapid tests. A culture may be done even though a rapid test is negative to make sure you do not have a strep infection. The strep culture test also provides more information than the rapid strep test. In addition to showing whether you have strep throat, it may show the specific kind (strain) of strep bacteria infecting your throat. It can help your healthcare provider know which antibiotic will be most effective in treating the infection. For this reason, your provider may not prescribe an antibiotic until the results of a culture test are back.
What if the test result is not normal?
If the test result is positive, ask your provider:
- what antibiotic he or she is prescribing
- if more tests are needed