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More Misery: Norovirus Stomach Bug Spreading

Posted on 01/17/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThis is turning out to be a miserable winter for staying healthy. First it was the flu epidemic, and now comes word that a new, severe strain of norovirus — also called the winter vomiting bug or the cruise-ship virus — has spread from Australia to Europe to Canada to the U.S. Australian newspapers say the new norovirus, first identified in Sydney last March, has killed nursing home residents from California to Japan, kept cruise ships carrying suspected patients docked …

Immunizations: A Family Affair

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA visit to the emergency room with my Mom yesterday reminded me that flu season is paying an early, and unwelcome, visit this year. Our hospital, along with so many across the nation, was crowded with those suffering from the flu. We wore masks, offered as we registered in the ER, the entire time we were there … just in case. Last year saw fewer cases of influenza reported than ever before recorded — primarily due to a higher number …

7 Flu-Fighting Strategies for Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMore influenza (aka flu) talk. If you are a family caregiver, you can reduce the chances that both you and your loved one will get the dreaded virus. It’s about vigilance and, yes, luck. But regardless, tissues and hand sanitizer need to be your best friends. Older people can have weakened immune systems, making them susceptible to flu and its complications. Nearly 90 percent of flu deaths and 60 percent of flu hospitalizations happen to those age 65-plus. And if you, …

Flu Season: It’s Here and It’s Bad

Posted on 01/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthFlu season has officially reached epidemic proportions across the country with 47 states reporting widespread flu activity and emergency rooms contending with a flood of patients. Adding to the misery is that this year’s flu strain is a much more aggressive type than last year’s. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency this past weekend, giving pharmacists permission to administer flu vaccinations to more people. The mayor of Boston also declared a public health emergency last week …

5 Flu Myths Debunked

Posted on 12/20/2012 by | Washington D.C. | Comments

Personal HealthWe can think of an excuse to get out of anything we don’t want to do – like getting a flu shot. Maybe you’re one of those folks who rarely get sick so you scoff at the flu messages each year. Maybe you’re plain scared. But the truth of the matter is, if you’re over 65, you’re playing with fire if you don’t get the flu vaccine. This age group has the highest rates of influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, says …

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?

Posted on 12/3/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthHave you gotten your flu shot? ‘Tis the season, it’s not over yet. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. You might think that if you haven’t gotten your vaccination by now that there’s no reason. You still should! A vaccination now can still help you against this season’s flu. According to the CDC, flu season usually peaks in February and can last until May. This is still plenty of time to get sick if you haven’t gotten your shot. …