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CANCELED: Free Workshop on Developing Self-Awareness on March 3

The workshop — sponsored by UC Berkeley’s CARE Services — will focus on strategies to help create more self-awareness and use that knowledge to set goals, mitigate stress, and improve relationships. The event takes place Tuesday, March 3, in Building 90-1099. More>

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Contact Health Services for Measles Vaccination or Consult

It was recently reported that someone with measles rode BART during the morning and evening commute on Feb. 4. Employees who have not been vaccinated, or are concerned they have been exposed, can contact Health Services (x6266). More>

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Health Services is Now Open Until 5 p.m.

The Lab’s Health Services Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic offers its full range of services during these hours. In February, health services staff will periodically be available during lunch at the cafeteria to answer questions and provide information.

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California Measles Update

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that spreads through coughing and sneezing. Measles typically starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat – followed by a rash. Health Services (x6266) can provide a medical consultation for anyone that is concerned. More>

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Recent Fire is Important Reminder About Designated Smoking Areas

The fire started when a lit cigarette was thrown into a coffee can used to collect butts — ironically situated under a “No Smoking” sign — on the balcony of a Lab building. Building occupants quickly extinguished the small blaze, and the Fire Department responded, but the incident serves as a reminder that smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

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This Year’s Flu Vaccine Less Effective; Take Steps for Protection

This year, one of the 3 strains targeted by the vaccine has mutated causing the vaccine to be less effective at preventing disease. The vaccine still protects recipients from the other two strains of influenza circulating this year. Take these measures to increase protection.

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New Faces, Features at Health Services

There’s a new medical director, Pete Estacio, a new physician’s assistant, Frederick Curtis, a new medical assistant, Kaitlyn Cox, the rollout of 50 automated external defibrillators, and extended hours for Health Services. More>

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EHS Ergo Team Hosts Keyboard Shortcuts Brown Bag on Nov. 11

The session — which takes place Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Perseverance Hall (Bldg. 54-130) — offers tips and resources for Mac and PC keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts can reduce the strain associated with repetitive mouse clicking and dragging. Bring your laptop to make it a “hands-on” experience. Contact ergo@lbl.gov for more information.

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Two Wellness Workshops Offered This Week

Class on “Resilience/Stress Management” takes place tomorrow (Oct. 14) at noon in Perseverance Hall. The second class, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at noon in Building 2-100B, covers “Getting Sleep: Misconceptions and Facts.” Both workshops are free.

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Berkeley Lab Ebola Outbreak Response

Employees planning trips to Africa are asked to meet with Health Services staff to obtain travel kits, any needed vaccines and medications, as well as emergency contact information they may need during their travels. Upon returning, workers will be interviewed and assessed according to CDC guidelines.

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