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Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. announces scholarship recipients

London Paige

The Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. is proud to announce that London Paige, the chapter’s nominee for the 2021 National Girl Friends Fund Scholarship, has been selected as one of 16 recipients of the national award.

The Girl Friends Fund provides awards of $1,500 annually for up to four academic years to qualified high school seniors who have been accepted to four-year colleges and universities. Continue reading Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. announces scholarship recipients

National Month of Vaccine Action

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

June is the “National Month of Action” to encourage more people to get vaccinated. As part of the White House’s national effort to have 70% of U.S. adults with at least one dose of vaccine by July 4th, the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD) will offer numerous clinics across our jurisdictions in upcoming weeks to make it easier than ever for the public get vaccinated to be protected from COVID-19. These clinics are in addition to the increasing number of retail pharmacies and doctors’ offices that are also offering vaccine, free of charge. Walk-in appointments are available at most RCAHD and pharmacy locations, although online pre-registration can speed up the check-in process. Continue reading National Month of Vaccine Action

Roanoke Continentals win Youth Regional Honors

The Continental Societies, Inc. ‘s Mid-Atlantic annual Regional Meeting was held virtually on Saturday, April 15, 2021. This is usually an afternoon and full day in person meeting where chapter members meet to share the accomplishments of the region, fellowship with each other and receive awards and special recognitions. Since the pandemic the meeting has had two exciting one-day virtually enhanced affairs, one exceptional with Roanoke winning two special awards. Continue reading Roanoke Continentals win Youth Regional Honors

Vaccinating Teens

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

Earlier this month, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was determined to be a safe choice for teenagers aged 12-15 years old. While children are less likely to become seriously ill if infected, there are a number of reasons that vaccinating teens will help in our collective fight against COVID-19.

First, even though they are much less likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, children can still become infected, get sick, and spread it to other people. Since the pandemic began last year, more than 1.5 million children between 12-17 years old have been infected with COVID-19, more than 13,000 have been hospitalized, almost 4000 have had a complication called “multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children” (MIS-C), and more than 120 have died with COVID-19. Continue reading Vaccinating Teens