“Babies are more likely to have complications such as pneumonia which can result in hospitalization and even death,” said Reome-Nedlick. Clinics like the one at Mothers and Babies look to reduce that risk. “Just introducing something as simple as touching a grocery cart they can be exposed to the flu virus,” she said. The Health Department telling 12 News that this can lead to serious complications and even death in infants. That’s why Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network is partnering with Lourdes Hospital to offer flu shot clinics, the first one taking place today. “By protecting yourself against the flu and avoiding getting the flu yourself you won’t be able to pass it on to other people in the community,” Reome-Nedlick said. “For a kid who’s a six month old and was just born they don’t have that immunity to fight off the virus,” said Nicole Shipos, Clinical Nurse Leader at Southern Tier Occupational Health. “We’ve seen a rise of the flu becoming more prevalent here in the Southern Tier and decided this would be a good opportunity to help protect as much of the public as we can,” said Mothers and Babies Office Manager Dawn Wesko. “Us getting the flu shot can prevent the transmission to somebody who is more susceptible to the disease,” she said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County Health Department officials say it’s not too late to get a flu shot. “Even though we’re almost in February it’s still a good time to get your flu vaccine,” said Broome County Public Health Representative Chelsea Reome-Nedlick. “Flu is still circulating widely in Broome County and New York State,” she said. Shipos says simple things like trips to the grocery store are enough to put little ones at risk. If you don’t get the flu shot to protect yourself, officials say do it to protect others who may be more vulnerable. Health care professionals say babies are particularly vulnerable when it comes to getting the flu. The second clinic will be held at Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network Headquarters 457 State Street in Binghamton.
VESTAL (WBNG) – Vestal senior Emilia Cappellett won’t be able to finish her senior year at Vestal in person. “It was heartbreaking, I still don’t think it hit me yet,” said Cappellett. Family and friends watched in person and over the computer as Emilia signed her national letter of intent to play soccer at Elon University. Then, the team captain and four-year varsity starter was greeted with a birthday parade. Capping off a truly special 18th birthday and signing day. “It’s amazing. I couldn’t be more thankful for my friends and family,” said Cappellett. “She’s always had the fire, she’s always put everything out there and I knew by her senior year she could go anywhere she wanted,” said Vestal soccer coach Gina Baldwin. “I saw the signs from up the street and had to pull over. I was like, what the heck is happening,” said Cappellett. So, her dad made sure to give her a special send-off. On the day of her 18th birthday, Emilia was given a surprise signing right in her front yard. “It feels great that I am committed to such a great program and I am so excited for the next four,” said Cappellett. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “This is once in a lifetime and when I look back on this, it definitely sticks out.”
WINDSOR (WBNG) — The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held a food distribution operation in Windsor Friday morning. Windsor Central High School provided the venue for the operation. For the first time residents in windsor got food from the Nourish NY program, this includes fresh dairy and fresh produce. This is the second time the highschool has hosted a Food Bank Distribution operation. “To be able to have our staff volunteer here and to be able to give back in some way and being able to host and help out with the distribution is a great opportunity for us and it brings us great joy.” said Jason Andrews the Superintendant of Schools in Windsor. Officials from the highschool said they’re fortunate to be apart of a supportive community. The operation was contactless, drivers were asked to remain in their cars, keep their windows rolled up and pop the trunk. Volunteers would then load boxes into their trunk. More than 500 families pre-registered to get meals to go. The schools food service department has now served 75,000 meals to children in their area, todays operation they say is an example of the need not only in windsor, but across broome county and the southern tier.
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