Flu Season is Back!

September! Already! Of course, that means a sort of unofficial start of cold and flu season. The CDC recommends that we get vaccinated against flu starting in September because the flu can start to spread as early as October. What do you need to know to keep healthy? At the risk of sounding horribly mysophobic, let’s talk about basic preventative measures from the CDC. You probably hear these things every year, but these actions should be almost reflexes. This kinda …

Grab the Sanitizer — Flu Season Finally Starts

Here’s hoping you haven’t procrastinated (like me) and have gotten your flu shot. If not, this is your (and my) last chance to get protected before flu season is in full swing. Because even though it’s the slowest start in 30 years, the flu season has officially begun, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its FluView Surveillance Report, the CDC reports that for the first time this season, more than 10 percent of respiratory samples …

Fight Flu

Just this past week, I stopped by my local pharmacy and noticed that, in spite of the hot weather, the place was plastered with advertisements – “Get your flu shot here today!”  While the weather seemed incongruent with the signage, flu season is definitely just around the corner. So, what’s new with flu shots this season? First of all, there’s a new high-dose version of the flu shot. The higher dose may mean higher protection from the flu. And second, …

Latinos At Higher Risk for the Flu

Last year, the flu was the 7th leading cause of death of Latino folks over 65. Nearly 17 million Hispanics contracted the flu in 2009. But only 3 in 10 got a flu shot. See a problem here? The good news is that people are catching on, and folks like Lili Estefan, costar of Univision’s El Gordo y la Flaca, are taking action, like teaming up with like the American Lung Association’s Los Rostros de la Gripe campaign. What are …

Guest Post: Help Us Fight the Flu

Today, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, joins us to talk about fighting the flu! (Would you believe it’s STILL not too late to get a shot!?!) As part of our National Influenza Vaccination Week, we wanted to spread the word to seniors about the importance of getting the H1N1 vaccine. There’s no question that getting the vaccine is the best way to avoid getting the flu. The vaccine will help protect yourself, and …

Stay FLUent: Questions and Answers for a (still) Complex Flu Season

Yep, folks. That’s me…getting my flu shot. I just got it,too. About a week ago. After missing my vaccination clinic at work…then being too busy (okay, maybe too lazy and scared) to head down to a drugstore or to call my doctor to get one…my father took me over to our neighborhood CVS for my flu shot. Right after I got off the plane!! One important thing I learned when talking to the nurse is that it is definitely not …