Goffin Leads Monument Mountain Boys to Giorgi League Win

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Zach Goffin scored 20 points and grabbed 16 rebounds Thursday to lead the Monument Mountain boys basketball team to an 80-66 win over Mount Greylock in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.
 
Dion Brown also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, and Connor Hanavan and Kieran Santos added 16 and 12, respectively.
 
Mitchell Jezouit scored 16 to lead the Mounties, who got 13 points from Seamus Barnes and 12 points and 11 boards from Toby Foehl.
 
In Thursday's other game, Scott McGuire Jr. scored 29 points to lead Drury to a 70-55 win over McCann Tech.
 
Tim Brazeau had a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Hunter Sarkis scored 14 in the win.
 
Keeghan Vidal scored 22, and Bruce Davis had 16 for the Hornets.
 
League play resumes Sunday with two games in the men's division. RJ's Taxi plays Yard Work by Dan at 6:30, followed by Pizza House against Flynn & Dagnoli/Kingsbread.
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Flu Shot: It's That Time Again

By Dr. Everett Lamm

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. For infants and the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, the flu shot is essential protection against serious illness.

Although Massachusetts has historically ranked high in its overall immunization rates —  50 percent of all residents received vaccines in 2015-16 flu season — that percentage dropped from 55 percent the year before. The lowest rates of vaccination are in residents 18-49 — 40 percent for the 2015-16 season, but vaccine rates for all age groups (except young children) dropped slightly as well.

Some people have medical reasons for being unable to have the shot, but others go without by choice. Why? They may feel confident in their own good health and their body's ability to ward off illness. They may be skeptical about vaccines in general. However, skipping the flu vaccine means taking an unnecessary risk – for yourself and others whom you care for or work with, or who may be more vulnerable than you to illness.

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