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...
National Flu Vaccine Week 2008 runs from Dec. 8 through Dec. 15, so this is the perfect time to get your annual flu shot, if you haven't already taken care of that task. You don't want to get the flu, do you?
The flu is a viral respiratory illness that strikes thousands of people worldwide each year. In the northern hemisphere, peak flu season is fast approaching. The majority of flu cases each year strike in January, February and March, though the season actually begins in November or December and can last into the early spring, depending on where you live.
So far, this year, flu activity nationwide is light. But that can -- and will -- change quickly, once we get past the holiday season. Flu prevention is so easy to achieve with a simple vaccine. Yet, flu vaccine rates in even high risk groups like the elderly and healthcare workers are far below where they should be. Only about 60% of seniors get vaccinated each year, while even fewer health care workers (40% to 42%) ...
There is plenty of flu vaccine available for protecting the populace against flu syndrome this year. Many clinics and pharmacies around the U.S. began giving flu shots several weeks ago. Have you had yours?
Recommendations by health officials on who should get the flu shot have broadened over the last several years. Currently, anyone over 6 months should get the flu vaccine if they are not severely egg allergic or allergic to the flu vaccine by history. People over 65 years of age, young children, or those older than 6 months with a history of asthma, other chronic respiratory problems, chronic heart, liver, kidney disease, diabetes or immune deficiencies or who are pregnant are highly recommended to get annual flu vaccination.
Here are five of the most common reasons my patients have avoided getting the flu vaccine:
1) "I'm afraid of getting the flu from the flu shot"
2) "My friend got sick after getting a flu shot"
3) "My child may become autistic from the preservative in the flu v...
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