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I hate having shots! But I made sure that I went to get the flu shot last week. That quick jab with the needle was uncomfortable, but I left the pharmacy knowing that I did a good deed for Mom.
In my role as a caregiver , I am trying to think differently about my own preventative care. Anything I do has to have not only a benefit for me, but also provide some level of safeguard to my health that will prevent me from unwittingly harming Mom. You see, I don’t want to expose my mother or the other residents at the nursing home to a disease that has grave consequences for them. And as winter’s flu season quickly approaches, that commitment takes extra vigilance.
So I find that at this time of the year, I try to take extra precautions related to my health. I am drinking more orange juice and taking my vitamins. I’m constantly carrying a glass of water, which I sip from often. If I am going to take a snack over to Mom, I often pick up fruit smoothies with mine reinforced with vitamins th...
Have you seen the commercials for flu shots offered at your local grocery store? Or have you seen the signs outside the large chain pharmacies advertising that flu shots are available already?
Some businesses are offering clever incentives for getting vaccinated this year. There is one grocery chain which is offering 10 percent off your grocery bill if you get your flu shot while shopping. It’s an interesting way to motivate people to get themselves vaccinated. Quite a move to influence public health.
I remember the first year that I got my own influenza vaccine at a local grocery store. Shots were only offered during narrow hours and locations were running out of vaccines quickly. I stood in a line which spanned from the pharmacy area, past the meat area, and into the bakery area. That was the year I decided while standing in line to get the pneumonia shot in addition to the flu shot.
At that time, I had been rather motivated to get th...
Each year as flu season approaches, fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome patients ask me if they should get a flu shot. Since no research has been done on the subject, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. While most conventional doctors recommend flu vaccinations across the board, many FM and ME/CFS specialists advise their patients against getting the shot. Because of reports of severe relapses following immunization, Charles Lapp, MD, Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center in Charlotte, NC, generally does not recommend flu shots for his fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients. There are, however, two exceptions: Patients who have taken flu vaccinations in the past and tolerated them well. Patients who have a serious chronic illness (such as emphysema, diabetes or heart disease ) in addition to FM or ME/CFS. Charles Shepherd, MD, a U.K. doctor who is a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s ...
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