Health

Watch out: New Vaccine Survey Scams

By Jennifer Salazar, Director of Texas Medicare Patrol We have received reports of a new COVID-19 vaccine email scam where people are asked to complete a survey. They offer a free reward but ask people to pay a nominal fee “to cover shipping”. Survey scams like this are a creative way to steal your identity…

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50 and over now eligible for shots

AUSTIN–Texas hospital officials announced last week that Texans age 50 and older will now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state’s priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outcomes and preserving the state’s health care system,” said Imelda Garcia, Department of State…

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Screenings critical to detecting colon cancer

Knox County Hospital KNOX CITY– Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sustained reduction in the number of people referred, diagnosed, and treated for colorectal cancer. This trend has many physicians concerned as colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. In fact, excluding skin cancers, colorectal…

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Haskell Hospital offers vaccinations

From The News-Courier staff HASKELL—If anyone is still looking to get vaccinated, the Haskell Memorial Hospital opened a COVID-19 vaccine clinic yesterday and will keep it open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Monday unless they run out Organizers reported the hospital has 750 does and this clinic is open to everyone who…

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Mac’s View

Confusion about vaccinations Most of the residents in Knox County in the 1B category, 65 and over or over 16 with chronic medical issues, are still waiting to get their first shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require two shots. However, Jim Cowsert of Munday is not one of them. During a visit…

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Pregnancy center fundraiser under way

By James McAfee— HASKELL—The Pregnancy Care Center of the Northern Big County is giving churches and residents of Knox County along with six other nearby counties opportunities to assist with their fundraiser until Feb. 14. Center director Reba Waggoner reports that coin banks in the shape of baby bottles have been distributed to all who…

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What is cedar fever? Experts explain Texas winter irritant

By Stephen O’Shea— Cedar fever season is almost upon us, and at a time when having a fever – or even catching a slight cold – is concerning, it’s more important than ever to understand the symptoms and source of this common Central Texas allergy. For starters, cedar fever isn’t a flu or a virus…

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Making health and wellness a priority in 2021

Knox County Hospital District— KNOX CITY – With the New Year upon us, it is the perfect time to optimistically look ahead. This year offers a chance for new beginnings and new reasons for hope. With a couple of COVID-19 vaccines promising to offer relief from the pandemic, we have much to look forward to…

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Knox didn’t get additional doses

By James McAfee— KNOX CITY—Stephen Kuehler, the administrator for the Knox County Hospital District, reported Monday morning that he didn’t receive any additional vaccines last week. “I’ve gotten a total of 200 and have been able to get shots for all the medical providers and enough for both the Munday Nursing Home and the Brazos…

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More vaccines coming for Knox

By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier— KNOX CITY—Knox County Hospital administrator Stephen Kuehler reported Monday morning that the 100 does of the Moderna vaccine that arrived last month have been given to healthcare workers and at the nursing homes here in Knox County. “I’m hoping to get some more this week,” he said. Kuehler added…

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