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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. …

Flu Season is Back!

Posted on 09/7/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthSeptember! 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

Posted on 02/16/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHere’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 …

Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot Yet?

Posted on 12/5/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Happy National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week! There are lots of ways you can celebrate, but getting your flu shot is probably better than, say, decorating your house with a garland of tiny syringes. Whether you get the shot from your primary care physician, a drugstore or a grocery store, you’ll be taking an important step toward protecting your health. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to serious …

Fight Flu

Posted on 10/3/2011 by |Health | Comments

Personal HealthJust 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, …

Is It Too Early For A Flu Shot?

Posted on 09/7/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow can you tell summer is over? Pharmacies are pushing flu shots. Yes, it’s that no-so-wonderful time of the year when we’re reminded that flu season is just around the corner and we all need a vaccination. But at least one doctor is advising his patients to wait a bit. USA Today reports that Tennessee doctor Scott Major doesn’t plan to start urging his patients to get the shots until later this month or early October. The family practitioner worries …