Influenza

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older adults, young children, and others with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

 

In addition to washing your hands, covering your cough, and staying home from work or school when sick, getting your annual flu shot is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others. 

 

Surveillance Data

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe. Alaska typically has sporadic flu activity year round, some of it related to our robust tourism season, with peak activity occurring as early as November or as late as March. 

                  Alaska Seasonal Influenza Surveillance Data

                  Alaska State Virology Weekly Report

                  FluView :  that latest weekly U.S. flu surveillance summary from the CDC

                  Flu Near Youan online flu surveillance tools that allows the public to report their flu symptoms on a weekly basis, to help in tracking influenza activity

Health care providers interested in participating in outpatient influenza-like illness surveillance may contact the SOE Influenza Coordinator at 907-269-8000.

Resources for the General Public

                  Influenza InformationCDC’s comprehensive website with general information on influenza transmission, symptoms, prevention, treatment and more.

Avian Influenza Information from the State of Alaska

                  Influenza Fact Sheet from the Alaska Division of Public Health

                  Influenza Vaccination:  Who Needs It?

                  Influenza Vaccine Information

 Places to get vaccinated in Alaska

 Private clinics, public health centers, many retail pharmacies, and other locations may have vaccine available. Click here to get a map of retail pharmacies offering vaccine near you.

Alaska Influenza Report for the Week Ending February 9, 2019 Week 6

This report provides a weekly snapshot of seasonal flu activity in Alaska. Additional information about influenza is available on the Section of Epidemiology’s (SOE) influenza page:http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/influenza/fluinfo.aspx. A detailed review of CDC influenza surveillance indicators is available at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/overview.htm. Please call 907-269-8000 with questions. Information about the Alaska State Virology Lab influenza microbiology is available at http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Labs/Pages/asvl.aspx.

Statewide Lab-Confirmed Influenza – Previous Seasons Since 2014, and Current Season, Sep 15, 2018 – Feb 9, 2019

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Steller Talent Show Tryouts 2/21 from 2:05-3:15, 2/22 lunch and after school

Want to show the school your talent?  Come to Steller talent show tryouts! Tryouts will be held Feb 21 after school from 2:05-3:15 and Feb 22 at lunch as well as after school from 2:05-3:15.

If singing a cover of a song, when you tryout bring in lyrics to the song and the original artists name.
If dancing please bring the song name and original song artists name.

CIRCAC/Captain Barry Eldridge Memorial Scholarship for Maritime Studies

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
Guidelines – 2019 Capt. Barry Eldridge Scholarship for Maritime Studies $2,500.00 Scholarship Available

Background: Congress created the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) via the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The Council is mandated to perform environmental monitoring in Cook Inlet, Alaska; engage in oil spill prevention and response planning; and educate the citizens of Cook Inlet with information about our work. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship for a selected student with educational and career ambitions that mirror our Congressional mandates. CIRCAC’s goal is to assist Cook Inlet area students to launch or complete maritime skills training in any of a broad range of applicable programs of study at a Maritime Academy, vocational school or maritime program.

~ Please read and follow these Guidelines carefully; omissions may disqualify applicants ~

Eligibility:

Submission:

Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are planning to attend maritime vocational schools or academies for certifications or undergraduate degrees – and who reside in the vicinity of Cook Inlet, Alaska (specifically: Anchorage, the western Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island) – are eligible to apply. Seniors must be attending schools in the Anchorage School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (excluding Seward), Kodiak Island Borough School District, a home schooling program, or private schools within the boundaries of these districts, or be a recent high school graduate. Recently discharged veterans are encouraged to apply.

A completed application package must be submitted and received by the deadline indicated on the application, and must be accompanied by:

 Completed and signed Application Form

  •   Most recent transcript (copy acceptable)
  •   Letters of recommendation (at least 2; not from family members)
  •   Personal essay (500 words or less) outlining educational and career goals (particularly as

    they align with CIRCAC’s objectives), a statement of financial benefit, personal accomplishments, and how this scholarship will help you impact the culture and environment of Cook Inlet

  •   Proof of Alaska residency (PFD eligibility; driver’s license; military ID; other)

    Late or incomplete applications at deadline will be rejected. Materials will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. A Committee of CIRCAC Directors will select the finalists for interviews, which will be conducted via teleconference. All applicants may re-apply for future scholarships. Interviews of about 15 minutes will be held telephonically.

    Scholarships are in the form of a “Letter of Award” issued by CIRCAC to the recipient. Scholarship funds will be released in a single payment directly to the school or program upon receipt of verification of enrollment (e.g. – course schedule and Student ID) issued by the school’s proper authority. Scholarship funds may not be used to cover payments for any prior academic period. Any scholarship funds paid to the school and not used within twelve months will be returned by the school to CIRCAC.

    Applicants and their schools will be notified by letter following the Committee’s decision. Scholarship Awards will be announced to the community through notices to local media outlets, and through public outreach.

Process:

~ Completed Applications Must be Received by 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019 ~

Send Applications and related materials by mail, FAX or e-mail to:

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council – Scholarship Committee
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611
FAX: (907) 283-6102 ~ jerryrombach@circac.org ~ Questions? Call: (907) 283-7222

 

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received at CIRCAC by 5:00 pm, TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019. Call (907) 283-7222 if questions or for more information.
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 ~ (907) 283-6102 (FAX) ~ jerryrombach@circac.org

~ ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL ~

CIRCAC/James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Sciences 2019 Application

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council announces its application for the James Carter Memorial Scholarship for Environmental Sciences:

Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council
Program Guidelines – 2019 James Carter Scholarship for Environmental Sciences $2,500.00 Scholarship Available

Background: Congress created the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) via the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). The Council is mandated to perform environmental monitoring in Cook Inlet, Alaska; engage in oil spill prevention and response planning; and educate the citizens of Cook Inlet with information about our work. In that spirit, we are pleased to offer a $2,500 scholarship for a selected student with educational and career ambitions that mirror our Congressional mandates. CIRCAC’s goal is to assist Cook Inlet area students to launch or complete an undergraduate degree program in environmental sciences in any of a broad range of applicable fields related to ocean studies.

~ Please read and follow these Guidelines carefully; omissions may disqualify applicants ~

Eligibility:

Submission:

Graduating seniors and recent graduates who are planning to attend a college or university to pursue an undergraduate degree in an environmental science – and who reside in the vicinity of Cook Inlet, Alaska (specifically: Anchorage, the western Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island) are eligible to apply. Seniors must be attending schools in the Anchorage School District, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (excluding Seward), Kodiak Island Borough School District, a home schooling program, or private schools within the boundaries of these districts, or be a recent high school graduate. Recently discharged veterans are encouraged to apply.

A completed application package must be submitted and received by the deadline indicated on the application, and must be accompanied by:

 Completed and signed Application Form

  •   Most recent transcript (copy acceptable)
  •   Letters of recommendation (at least 2; not from family members)
  •   Personal essay (500 words or less) outlining educational and career goals (particularly as

    they align with CIRCAC’s objectives), a statement of financial benefit, personal accomplishments, and how this scholarship will help you impact the culture and environment of Cook Inlet

  •   Proof of Alaska residency (PFD eligibility; driver’s license; military ID; other)

    Late or incomplete applications at deadline will be rejected. Materials will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. A Committee of CIRCAC Directors will select the finalists for interviews, which will be conducted via teleconference. All applicants may re-apply for future scholarships. Interviews of about 15 minutes will be held telephonically.

    Scholarships are in the form of a “Letter of Award” issued by CIRCAC to the recipient. Scholarship funds will be released in a single payment directly to the school or program upon receipt of verification of enrollment (e.g. – course schedule and Student ID) issued by the school’s proper authority. Scholarship funds may not be used to cover payments for any prior academic period. Any scholarship funds paid to the school and not used within twelve months will be returned by the school to CIRCAC.

    Applicants and their schools will be notified by letter following the Committee’s decision. Scholarship Awards will be announced to the community through notices to local media outlets, and through public outreach.

Process:

~ Completed Applications Must be Received by 5:00 p.m. March 26, 2019 ~

Send Applications and related materials by mail, FAX or e-mail to:

CIRCAC Scholarship Committee – 8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 FAX: (907) 283-6102 ~ jerryrombach@circac.org ~ Questions? Call: (907) 283-7222

 

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received at CIRCAC by 5:00 p.m., TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019. CALL (907) 283-7222 if questions or for more information.
8195 Kenai Spur Highway, Kenai, AK 99611 ~ (907) 283-6102 (FAX) ~ jerryrombach@circac.org
~ ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL ~

Band Students Fare Well at Solo/Ensemble Festival

Steller 7th and 8th Grade Band Students Fare Very Well
The 7th and 8th graders in the Steller Band participated in the ASD Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival last Friday.  The 8th grade band students were: Ry Allwright on alto saxophone; Avery Bashford-Blumer on tenor saxophone; Sarah Duot-Kelley on flute; and Reagan Miller on alto saxophone.  The 7th graders were: Elliot Beck on clarinet; Kaila Gibson on flute; Kamryn Lyons on flute; Abbey Markel on clarinet; Kiera Markel on flute; Wyatt Mohs on baritone; Alan Nunn on alto saxophone; Anthony Schofield on trumpet; Milo Scott on trombone; Maddox Tomassoni on alto saxophone; Bjorn Van Der Goore on bass clarinet; and Hasan Wilkerson on percussion.  All of the 7th and 8th grade students formed one ensemble and received the superior rating.  Alan, Anthony, Bjorn, Kamryn, Milo, Reagan, Ry, and Sarah each performed solos, too.  Alan, Anthony, Bjorn, Kamryn, Reagan, and Sarah achieved the superior ratings, and Ry and Milo earned the excellent ratings.  “We have a strong group of middle school-level musicians in band”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival is the gateway to a successful future in music.  I am delighted that the students took the extra time to prepare these songs for the festival.” The soloists would like to thank Marcia Stratman for the piano accompaniment.

Opportunity for 8-12 Graders- FEMA Emergency Preparedness Camp-August, 2019

BOTHELL, Wash. – FEMA Region 10 is seeking 40 youth in grades 8 through 12 representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska to be selected to attend a Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Wash., in August. This will be an engaging and empowering way for teens to learn about and practice emergency preparedness. There will be a variety of exciting leadership and team-building opportunities as well as traditional camp activities to ensure a fun week for all.

There will be a competitive application process, through which forty (40) high school aged youth, from Region 10 states and tribes, will be selected to attend.

Students wishing to be considered for the upcoming camp can find application information at:http://www.fema.gov/region-x/community-preparedness. Applications will be accepted by March 15, 2019. 

For those selected to participate, FEMA will fund youth participants’ travel costs. It is critical that participants do not make any travel reservations on their own, for FEMA staff will assist with the pre-departure travel voucher process and ensure all required documentation is collected and submitted. Parents/guardians will need to submit a signed waiver allowing their child to travel un-chaperoned. The waiver complies with camp guidelines, keeping safety the focal point of the entire experience. Lodging and meals are included in the camp. Transportation to/from the SeaTac airport to/from the camp will be provided by FEMA staff.

 

Measles Outbreak – What Alaskans Need to Know- From Our Nurse

According to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and CDC Measles (Rubeola) is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness.  Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes followed by a rash over most of the body.

Measles can be serious.

  • ​About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized​
  • 1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage
  • 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care

Measles is very contagious.

Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around him or her will also become infected if they are not protected. Your child can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the disease—from four days before developing the measles rash through four days afterward.

Some people think of measles as just a little rash and fever that clears up in a few days, but measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5 years of age. There is no way to tell in advance the severity of the symptoms your child will experience.

A highly effective vaccine has resulted in a dramatic reduction in measles cases and deaths worldwide. However, outbreaks and deaths continue to occur, primarily related to overseas travel and unvaccinated individuals.

 

For more information:

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/measles/default.aspx

 

 

Alaska Public Health Advisory January 29, 2019 

Measles Outbreak in Washington State — What Alaskans Should Know 

http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/Documents/phan/AKPHAN_20190129_Measles.pdf

 

Steller Band Students Fare Very Well in Solo/Ensemble Festival

Steller 7th and 8th Grade Band Students Fare Very Well in Solo/Ensemble Festival
The 7th and 8th graders in the Steller Band participated in the ASD Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival last Friday.  The 8th grade band students were: Ry Allwright on alto saxophone; Avery Bashford-Blumer on tenor saxophone; Sarah Duot-Kelley on flute; and Reagan Miller on alto saxophone.  The 7th graders were: Elliot Beck on clarinet; Kaila Gibson on flute; Kamryn Lyons on flute; Abbey Markel on clarinet; Kiera Markel on flute; Wyatt Mohs on baritone; Alan Nunn on alto saxophone; Anthony Schofield on trumpet; Milo Scott on trombone; Maddox Tomassoni on alto saxophone; Bjorn Van Der Goore on bass clarinet; and Hasan Wilkerson on percussion.  All of the 7th and 8th grade students formed one ensemble and received the superior rating.  Alan, Bjorn, Kamryn, Milo, Reagan, Ry, and Sarah each performed solos, too.  Bjorn, Kamryn, Reagan, and Sarah achieved the superior ratings, and Ry and Milo earned the excellent ratings.  “We have a strong group of middle school-level musicians in band”, said Mr. Toba, the band director.  “The Middle School Solo/Ensemble Festival is the gateway to a successful future in music.  I am delighted that the students took the extra time to prepare these songs for the festival.” The soloists would like to
thank Marcia Stratman for the piano accompaniment.
Nobuo Toba
Band Teacher
ASD Fine Arts Department
(907)742-0171

Parnall Law Scholarship Opportunity- Due May 1, 2019

Distracted Driving Family Plan Scholarship

The Parnall Law Office is proud to offer the 2019 Scholarship Program that is designed to help interested high school (upon graduation from high school) or college students in the United States to attend an institution of higher education, while also bringing to attention to the dangers of distracted driving. $5000 in prizes will be awarded to the top 3 applicants.

Essay Topic

Create a “Distracted Driving Family Plan” within which you address the safety of your family by proactively committing to a plan that avoids the occurrence(s) of distracted driving by you and the members of your family.

Distracted Driving Quick Facts

  • Talking and texting while driving cause over 300,000 injuries every year.
  • Drunk and distracted driving cause nearly half of all deaths on the road.
  • Cell phone distractions cause 2,600 deaths every year.

Important Dates

Start of Submission of Application: January 1st, 2019
Deadline of Submission of Application: May 1st, 2019

Prizes

  • First Place Prize: $2,500
  • Second Place Prize: $1,500
  • Third Place Prize: $1,000

For more information, visit https://www.hurtcallbert.com/scholarships/