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Monday: 8:30am-12:30pm - Nurse Jane
Tue-Wed-Fri: 8:30am-12:30pm - Nurse Helen
COVENTRY CARES COMMUNITY CLINIC
About one third of people develop shingles during their lives.
Characterized by painful, blistering rash. It is caused by
the same herpes virus, varicella zoster, that causes chicken
pox. After you have that childhood disease, the virus stays
dormant in your body and can re-emerge years later to cause
Fortunately, there is a vaccine that reduces the risk of
developing shingles by as much as two thirds and reduces the
severity of an outbreak if one does occur.
The CDC (Center of Disease Control) recommends the shingle
vaccine for people ages 60 and older. It is covered by most
private insurance companies and by Medicare Part D, the
federal drug program for people over 65.
Helen Biancani RN, BSN
Source: Wellness Letter (University of California, Berkley)
BASIL SKIN CANCER
Basal cell skin cancer is one of the most common kinds of skin cancer. It arises in the basal
layer of the skin, the bottommost layer. It does not spread to other organs but it can bore
deeply into tissue beneath the skin. Having one basal cell cancer puts a person at risk for an-
other. Ultraviolet light is another risk (used in tanning salons).
The best treatment is prevention. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin and reapply it often.
Any unusual or changing skin lesions should be checked by dermatologists or primary physician.
Thur: 8:30 am-12:30 pm - Nurse Julie
“DIFIBRILLATOR not the same as PACEMAKER”
A pacemaker and a defibrillator are not the same thing.
Pacemakers provide a small and all but imperceptible electrical “jump
the heart when the heart slows down.
A defibrillator gives a much bigger shock to the heart that has stopped
because of lethal, fast heartbeats that lead to cardiac arrest-a
heart activity and pumping. It delivers a much greater electric jolt.
Defibrillators are about the size of a bar of soap. They are placed
skin of the upper chest below the collarbone, wires connect them to the
Source: Dr. Donahue column/Helen Biancani RN