Sep 08 2012

Influenza : Facts And Information You Need To Know!! Part Two

What is the best way to protect myself and my family from the flu? Everyone 6 months of age or older should get the flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. What everyday steps can I take to stop the spread of germs? There are steps you can take in your daily life to help protect you from getting the flu. Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. Try to avoid close contact with sick people. Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Are there medications I can take to prevent getting the flu? If you are healthy but exposed to a person with the flu, antiviral drugs can prevent you from getting sick. The sooner you are treated with an antiviral, the more likely it will prevent the flu. Antiviral drugs are 70% to 90% effective at preventing the flu. Talk to your health care provider if you think you need antiviral drugs. Vaccination Everyone 6 months of age ...

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Sep 08 2012

Influenza: Facts And Information You Need To Know!! Part One

This year’s forecast is for lots of colds, viruses, infections and influenza. So what do you need to know? Well my friends, here it is-everything you need to know about the flu season, brought to you by flu.gov –in a two part article. Print this out and put this on your refrigerator or bulletin board or where ever you can keep checking it. Every family member (and  teachers-every child in your class) needs to read this. Remember this information is meant for educational purposes; always consult with your medical provider regarding any and all medical questions. Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. Flu season      typically peaks in January or February. Getting the flu vaccine your best protection against the flu. Flu-related      complications include pneumonia and dehydration. Illness from      seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks. What is the seasonal flu? Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. In some cases, the flu can lead to death. When is flu season? In the United States, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Seasonal flu activity usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as early as October and as late as May. How does seasonal flu spread? Most experts believe that you get the flu ...

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Apr 16 2012

News That You Can Use!!

New Flu Virus Making Headlines: Influenza A (H3N2)v Just as we all thought the flu season was coming to a nice and peaceful conclusion, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about a new strain of influenza A (H3N2) virus-labeled “A (H3N2)v”. Apparently there have been 12 reported infections with this new strain. Whats interesting is that influenza A (H3N2)v is composed of genes from avian, swine and human viruses. Children under the age of 10 are the most vulnerable. The 2011-2012 influenza vaccination does provide some protection against A (H3N2)v and there is a specific vaccination that is being manufactured that will provide direct protection. Obesity Epidemic Report: Waistlines Continue to Expand! Here we go again-one day the obesity epidemic is solved. The next day we wake up and read that “by the year 2020, one in five American children will be obese.” What do we believe? Well, recent research coming out of Columbia University’s School of Public Health (Claire Wang, MD, ScD-American Journal of Preventive Medicine), suggests that by analyzing weights of children from 1971 to 2008 (NHANES), the average weight of these children will increase by 2 kilograms, if no action is taken. This translates into the following: 21 % of children ages 2 through 19 would become obese. And by “action” Wang and her associates came up with the following:    Just to stay at ...

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Sep 08 2009

Graehm Gray-Is it Time to Find an Alternative to Handshaking?

Graehm Gray, Editor-In-Chief I guess by now you have all heard about the Swine Flu. If you haven’t, where have you been hiding? Just turn on the television, or read your favorite newspaper or online news service. The reports of the novel H1N1, as they now refer to it, are everywhere. You can read about it in The Nerdel News and find out if you are in a category of people that needs to take the H1N1 vaccine. Okay, so you know about it. What are you doing about it? Are you washing your hands enough? How many door knobs did you touch today? Did you wash your hands after touching each one-probably not. Did you use the waterless antibacterial gel after touching each door knob? Again, probably not.  And what about those shoes you are wearing. Where have they been today? I doubt that you have followed the Japanese ritual of removing your shoes before you entered your home.  Are you tracking in millions of unseen microbes and bugs into your living room as we speak? Probably  yes! We are being bombarded by zillions of tiny invaders on a daily basis-bacteria, fungi and viruses. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight them. Sometimes they can’t. Some people have medical problems that weaken the immune system. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly also may have weakened immune systems. ...

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