Friday, October 30, 2009

Preschool H1N1 Vaccination Clinic October 31st

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital will hold a free H1N1 vaccination clinic on Saturday, Oct. 31st from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. This clinic is ONLY for children born between August 31, 2004 and April 30, 2009 who are NOT enrolled in the public schools.

Parents of preschoolers are encouraged to download and complete one form for each child from the hospital’s Web site,, before the clinic tomorrow, however, no preregistration is required and forms will be available at the clinic.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

November Dates to Remember

The library will be closed for the Veterans Day Holiday on Wednesday, November 11th. An All-Island Seasonal Flu Clinic will be held at the high school that day.

The library will close early at 6:30 on Tuesday, November 17th, so that staff and patrons can attend the Tisbury Special Town meeting at 7pm at the Tisbury School Auditorium.

The library will be open from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, November 25th, and will be closed on Thanksgiving day and the day following. The library will be open regular hours both Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

The library will be presenting a variety of special programs throughout the month. Visit our website or stop in the library to view a detailed calendar of events!

H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Information

Do you have questions about the flu? provides one-stop access to U.S. Government information on H1N1, avian and pandemic flu.

Most of the publicity this year has focused on the H1N1 flu (swine flu), but there are thousands of different strains of viruses that can and do cause the flu.

Both seasonal flu and H1N1 are contagious, and their symptoms are the same. Only by seeing your doctor can you be sure if you have the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus.

Staying Healthy

The two most basic practices a person can do to help prevent catching and spreading germs and viruses are hand washing and covering your cough.

Hand Washing: People in the United States are being advised to be very diligent about hand washing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information on their web site about when and how you should wash your hands.

Covering Your Cough : Another important way to prevent the spread of diseases is to properly cover your cough. The CDC provides information on covering your cough.

Other Healthy Practices: There are several other steps the CDC recommends as ways to prevent the spread of flu and other diseases:
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick or when you are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other health habits of getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, drinking plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): information on the Seasonal Flu and H1N1 (Swine) Flu

Martha's Vineyard Hospital: Flu Information page includes updates on vaccinations.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH): Flu Website includes Frequently Asked Questions about Seasonal Flu and H1N1 (Swine) Flu; and Factsheets in English and Portuguese.

Massachusetts Public Flu Clinic Finder: flu locator web site listing public flu clinics in Massachusetts.

Medline Plus: Flu information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

All-Island Seasonal Flu Immunization Clinic (Nov. 11, 2009): Information and Registration Form.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The New Emergency Services Facility

On Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm, Joe Tierney, Jeff Pratt, Chief John Shilling will present a program outlining the design and plans for the new Tisbury Emergency Services Building to be constructed on Spring Street, near the Tisbury Elementary School. The building will house the town’s fire trucks and engines, ambulances and related apparatus and have a meeting room large enough to hold public meetings. The building has been designed by an architectural firm with input from all constituencies including the Fire Department, Ambulance Service, Board of Selectmen, Tisbury School and PTA, and the general public at two public hearings during early phases of the design.

The presentation will include time for comments and questions. The plans will be presented to voters at Town Meeting, November 17th. Pictures of the proposed design are available on the Tisbury Town Website.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Looking for a Flu Clinic?

Looking for a Flu Clinic? is a flu locator web site that lists public flu clinics in Massachusetts. Currently, the clinics listed are providing season flu immunizations and some clinics are offering pneumococcal (“pneumonia”) immunizations.

The site also has links to the most current information on both seasonal and H1N1 vaccines from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the CDC. When it becomes available, the site will list public clinics that provide H1N1 swine flu immunizations.

Also, a seasonal flu immunization clinic for adults age 18 and older will be held on Wednesday, November 11, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. Vehicles must register at one of two staging areas at Waban Park in Oak Bluffs or at the Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Those arriving by bicycle, on foot or by public transportation may report directly to the high school.

It is recommended that you attend this clinic if you: are 50 years of age or older; an adult under age 50 with a chronic medical condition being treated by a physician; will be pregnant during the flu season; or if you are a health care worker or first responder with direct patient contact. A registration form is required; pick one up at the library, or download and print the online version.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

October Dates to Remember

Monday, October 12th, the library will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday.

On Saturday, October 17th, the Friends of the Library will hold their monthly "mini" book sale at the library, from 1pm-3pm.

Sunday, October 18, will be the first Sunday of the season that the library will be open. The library will be open from noon-4pm throughout the winter, except for a few holiday weekends. To celebrate, the Friends of the Library will host an open house beginning at noon on Sunday, with light refreshments. There will also be an "encore" of the Friends mini book sale, from 1-3pm.

The library will be presenting a variety of special programs throughout the month. Visit our website or stop in the library to view a detailed calendar of events!