A leading health headline today indicates that the 2012-13 flu season is off to an early and strong start.
Flu cases always peak at some point during the season, usually in January or February, but sometimes as late as March and sometimes, apparently like this year, as early as November.
However, it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Despite the early start, flu season will continue into March and April.
Also, this year’s vaccine is well-matched to the reported influenza virus, which means the vaccine is even more likely to protect you.
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Germs are everywhere
Being frugal, I live by the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
One of the best ways to prevent nasty seasonal colds and flu (not to mention nasty intestinal ailments) is to wash your hands.
It doesn’t take much imagination to envision the gazillions of germs that are lurking on handles and door knobs and other surfaces that we—and others—touch multiple times a day.
Wash your hands often
Soap and water are the gold standards of cleanliness, but hand sanitizer has become increasingly popular over the last ten years.
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Yes, that’s right. And a dozen eggs would cost you $55—if the cost of food had risen as quickly since 1945 as has the cost of health care.
This information is provided in a visual tool by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the independent, non-profit health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
The graphics also reveal that of the more than 2.5 trillion dollars the US spends on health care each year, more than 30% is waste: unnecessary care, fraud, high administrative costs, and prices that are simply too high.
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Feeling sick? Sore throat? Runny nose? Fever?
How do you know if you or your kids have a normal cold or a more serious case of influenza, the ‘flu’?
In general, flu presents with more everything—a sorer throat, a higher fever, achier joints, a more severe headache. I have had the flu once in my life and I still remember how awful I felt. I’ve had dozens of ordinary colds and don’t remember them at all.
Treatment for both colds and flu is typically the same: rest, fluids and pain relievers for the aches and pains.
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Get a Flu Shot
With the continuous remodeling of healthcare and health insurance, it seems as if there is little I can do other than ride the waves of change like so much flotsam and jetsam.
But I don’t want to be beach debris. I want a more active role in my health care and that is why I get a flu shot every fall and insist that my family members do, too.
Vaccination against the seasonal flu—inexpensive, safe and effective
Starting as early as September, flu shots are available almost everywhere. You do not even need a doctor’s appointment; … Continue reading
Last night, Barack Obama was re-elected president of the United States.
So, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare, as it’s commonly known), having survived its precipitous birth and a few close-calls with death, is poised to enter a prolonged and awkward adolescence.
I haven’t spent a lot of time educating myself about Obamacare because of the possibility that it would be overturned after the election. Now, however, I want to know more, but it’s not easy to get clear answers because so much has yet to be decided and defined.
Kaiser Health News has prepared a brief summary, After … Continue reading