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(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.
(BPT) - Actor and father James Van Der Beek joined forces with AstraZeneca and FluMist® Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal) to create a short video, which encourages families across the nation to become educated about the importance of flu vaccination. The campaign, a partnership between Van Der Beek and AstraZeneca, aims to debunk common misconceptions about seasonal influenza and its prevention that cause many individuals to avoid vaccination.
(NAPSI)—If you or someone you care about is among the nearly one in three Americans who help an elderly family member make health care decisions, here are a few facts and tips that can help you have far more than the germ of an idea about the flu and what to do about it:
People over 65 can get a more potent flu shot to protect themselves and their families. (NAPS)
(BPT) - Flu season is officially here, and it may not be long before you or someone you know starts experiencing muscle aches, chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms. Unfortunately, these symptoms can also be caused by other illnesses, like the common cold, and it can be almost impossible to determine whether you have the flu based on symptoms alone. To get the most timely and effective treatment for your seasonal health needs, it is important know exactly what is causing your illness.
(NAPSI)—While flu season in the U.S. historically starts in October, most of us don’t think about it until either we get sick or a family member or co-worker does, and by then, it may be too late. One of the few facts about flu season is that it’s always unpredictable and may peak at any time in the fall, winter or even spring months.
Experts from the CDC recommend getting a flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available. You can get them at your local pharmacy. (NAPS)
Hundreds of neighbors visited Picture Rocks Community Center on Sept. 20 for a Community Resource Fair. Over 30 displays brought information on local resources and issues along with flu shots, popcorn and sno-cones and useful take-aways. Scouts, 4H Clubs, United Way’s Elder Alliance, Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Abbett Library, Marana Health Center and Food Bank, Citizens for Picture Rocks, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and others spoke to community needs.
As a father, I get a flu shot not only for myself but also to protect my children. Adults tend to be the lowest population group to get flu shots but they shouldn’t be. The entire community benefits when we each do our part to reduce exposure to the flu. Getting the shot protects not only me, but my family, co-workers and friends.
(BPT) - Ready for this year’s flu season? You may think you know a lot about flu prevention and treatment – but being wrong about the flu can make you downright ill. Here are six myths about the flu, and the truth behind them.
(NAPSI)—Sickle cell disease involves abnormally shaped red blood cells that reduce the flow of blood inside the blood vessels. It is inherited, the same way people inherit the color of their eyes, skin and hair. In the United States, it’s estimated that sickle cell disease affects up to 100,000 people, mostly African American. And while sickle cell disease causes severe pain and other complications, with the right treatment and care, it’s possible for most people with sickle cell disease to live normal, active lives. Here’s what you need to know about sickle cell disease, the populations that are most affected, and how to best manage it and stay as healthy as possible:
The National Council on Aging and Judith Light encourage people 65+ to ask about their flu shot options. Watch the video at www.NCOA.org/Flu. (NAPS)
The Picture Rocks Community Center Hiking Club has adopted its itinerary for the coming season, with emphasis on exploration. The PRCC van will leave the community center, located at 5615 N. Sanders Road, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, to visit the “ghost town” ruins of the SASCO smelter, which closed in 1919.
Following on the heels of the entertaining and successful 2011 “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’”, this motion picture was supposed to take the humanity vs. ape conflict to a whole new level of fervor. The bitterness and meanness of the apes was expected to escalate, while the few humans who survived the Simian Flu outbreak gathered and plotted a strategy to dominate once again. Instead, the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” storyline gets stretched out to the point of appearing artificial and lackadaisical.
(BPT) - When you think about health care, doctors and hospitals often come to mind, but it’s important to remember that the person staring back at you in the mirror may be your greatest health advocate. After all, no one knows your body or mind like you do. This is particularly important for the more than 52 million Americans enrolled in Medicare. Being an advocate for your health can help keep you well, and could save you money on your Medicare coverage, too.
(Family Features) As a parent, you make decisions every day to keep your child safe and healthy, which include keeping your child up-to-date on vaccines to help protect against serious diseases.
A number of questions still loom in the minds of the loved ones of Joshua Switalski, the 22-year-old Tucson resident who was shot and killed in Oro Valley last year during a traffic altercation.
I remember when I first heard about drugs. I’m not talking about the drugs your doctor administers when you are sick, but instead the drugs that are sold on the streets and shot up in dark alleys and flop houses. Understand, this was the fifties and drugs had not become the huge problem they are today. I was naive, of course. It occurred to me that only a moron would give themselves a shot when they didn’t have to. I thought nobody was that stupid. Well I was wrong. It turns out that many, many people are that stupid.
(BPT) - Cold and flu season can last as long as May, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and since Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where air is up to five times more polluted than it is outside (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), special care should be taken to ensure the home and office does not become a breeding ground for seasonal illness.
Think you dodged the flu this year? Experts at the University of Arizona Campus Health Service warn that the season isn't over yet.
Arizona ranked near the bottom in its percentage of people receiving flu vaccinations during the 2012-2013 season, an advocacy group reported this week.
Each year families look forward to the arrival of their out-of-town friends and relatives, but there is one visitor that comes around every year that tends to always overstay its welcome. It is quiet and always tends to surprise us at the most unwanted time. It’s the flu.
Mike Slaughter, 64, receives a shot from Jill RuthNyugen at the Flu+You event on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Last flu season, 58 percent of adults 65 years and older in Arizona received a flu vaccine. Pima County and other parts of Tucson are all making an effort to make vaccines more available for people of all ages.