Es hora de vacunarse contra la influenza y el neumococo

Comienza el mes de octubre y para mi familia significa que ha llegado el mes en el que todos nos vacunamos contra la influenza. Sin embargo, este año creo que voy a aprovechar la oportunidad para revisar detalladamente las necesidades de vacunación de cada miembro de mi familia, más allá de esta vacuna anual. En mi casa vive un diabético tipo 1, dos niños y yo, que trabajo como voluntaria en un hospital que recibe una inmensa cantidad de personas …

Por qué los adultos diabéticos -y todos-nos debemos vacunar

Como ya les he contado, mi esposo es diabético Tipo 1 (insulinodependiente) desde niño. Y si bien es ésta una enfermedad crónica, tratamos siempre de encontrar en ello algún aspecto positivo para poder seguir adelante disfrutando de la vida con salud en nuestros años maduros. Uno de esos aspectos es que tenemos que llevar un estilo de vida saludable y no olvidar los cuidados preventivos indicados por el endocrinólogo. Digamos que nos cuidamos bien. Por eso son muchas las visitas …

Here’s What You Don’t Know About the Flu

The 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?

Normally 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

When 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

A 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 …