vaccination

Market Day — Bringing Polio Immunizations to the People

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the fourth in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria. Today is one of Nigeria’s Polio Plus Days. These are days when there’s a big push to go out and bring polio immunizations to the people. We’re going to the Monday Market — one of the largest outdoor markets in this part of Nigeria. Everyone comes here to get their …

Out in the Field

Posted on 03/20/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the third in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   After a day of practice, everyone’s ready to get going. We’re prepared, and we’re dressed for long, hot days in the sun. One team member, Al Bonney, 63, from Traverse City, Michigan, particularly stands out. He looks like a fisherman without any water to fish in. He’s wearing a fishing vest, a fishing …

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 …

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 …

Get Your Flu Shot

Posted on 11/19/2010 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWe’ve been reminding you for weeks, but we’re not done: It’s time to get your flu shot. If you’re over 50, the flu can be particularly dangerous. And if you’re a parent or a caregiver for older loved ones, it’s especially easy to spread the virus to your family. We know you still have questions, so we’re teaming up with the Department of Health and Human Services to answer your questions today. Join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and AARP Board …