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 …

Guest Blog: Make Flu Prevention an Annual Health Priority

Influenza infection rates usually peak around February in the United States, so now is an important time to look at some facts about the disease. Influenza, commonly known as “the flu,” is a serious and highly contagious virus that kills more Americans every year than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined. And while the very young and very old are at the highest risk of serious influenza illness, all of us in the 50+ category should be concerned about this dangerous …

Hey, While You’re At It…

While you’re partaking in your civic duty why not get a flu shot too? Select polling places around the nation have accompanying facilities that are offering flu vaccinations! I know I know…everyone’s got a theory on the flu shot…but hey, it’s better than getting sick!