Not only am I passionate about causes, but I also care about improving health outcomes. Every now and then, I will talk about a timely health issue. Learn and enjoy.
It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. You know, when your co-workers, family members, and Facebook friends ALL start talking about “the flu.” Even typing those words makes me shutter. I think that I’ve only had the flu once in my adult life and I’m hoping that it stays that way for the foreseeable future. However, we don’t know what germs are lurking around the corner. And, that is essentially the premise behind the National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 2-8).
If you’re like me, you might be wondering why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) picked this week to raise our collective awareness about this issue. Once the holiday season arrives, we tend to become so busy shopping for gifts that we forget to go and get vaccinated. That’s a slight exaggeration but it is true that that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November.
The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated as the most important step in protecting against the flu. There are various beliefs about flu vaccinations. I won’t get into those here because I’m not an expert. What I know is there are certain folks who have a higher risk for developing flu-related complications (i.e. people over age 65, babies and those with chronic illnesses). And, those in that group should definitely consider vaccinations to protect their health.
If you have questions about the flu and approved vaccinations, ask your doctor or head on over to the CDC’s website.
If you are currently battling the flu, you have my prayers and following words of advice.*
1. A hot toddy can be your friend. Don’t mix whiskey with meds though.
2. Get lots of rest! And, when you can’t sleep, binge your favorite show on Netflix.
3. Go all out and splurge on the Kleenex with Aloe. It will make a huge difference.
What are your personal flu remedies? I’d love to have in my back pocket. You know, just in case…