influenza

How Bad Will This Flu Season Be?

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe last flu season was a record-setter — and not in a good way. The season started early and hit hard. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the hospitalization rate for those age 65 and up was three to seven times higher than the previous three seasons, and more children died from the flu during 2012-2013 than in the past eight years. Yet even with the severity of last season’s flu, the CDC …

Is Anyone Tracking the Flu During the Shutdown?

Posted on 10/10/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNormally during flu season the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets us know the good and bad news, tracking how fast the flu is spreading, how severe it is and how well those flu shots are working. The information is especially important for figuring out next year’s batch of vaccines. But thanks to the ongoing government shutdown, the CDC hasn’t been able to update its FluView since Sept. 21, and its influenza activity map hasn’t been updated …

When the Flu Strikes, Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Posted on 01/25/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthWhen you’re flat on your back with the flu, the ceiling becomes a blank slate on which you can write your thoughts.  Still bedbound on day five of what experts say is usually a three-day event (I would love to personally update these “experts”), I have moved on from feeling sorry for myself to thinking about the advantages of this dramatic interruption in my life’s reel. I found 10 benefits to offset the inconvenient and uncomfortable minuses: 1. You save …

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 …

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 …

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. …