NOT Too Late to Get Flu Shot
Remember how terrible the 2009 swine flu season was? The numbers of flu cases this season has been comparable, and United States public health officials are convinced it is not over yet. If media coverage of this year’s particularly severe flu season has you worried about catching the virus, one major step you can take to protect yourself (if you haven’t already) is to get your flu shot!
For various reasons, including busy schedules, people may miss getting their fall-time flu shot. However, it’s NOT too late to get your flu shot, even if we are in the heart of flu season.
Influenza Outbreaks Are Increasing
This year’s influenza outbreak is more intense than any since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, and is still getting worse. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal what so many have suspected: This is the worst flu season in nearly a decade.
This season is now on track to equal or surpass the 2014-2015 flu season. CDC data indicates “the flu is still spreading wildly, with 49 of the 50 states reporting ‘widespread’ activity, and that more than eight percent of all deaths in this country are from the flu and pneumonia, the highest we’ve seen this winter.”
Man Flu Does Exist
If you’re a woman, you know all about “man flu.” At the first sniffle or two, your guy starts to look downcast and lethargic. You know from past experience, he’s soon going to be sacked out on the couch for the next week or two, hoping you’ll be there waiting on him as if he’s on death’s door.
Men have always insisted that they really do get sicker. And now, they have a champion, a man who says science backs them up. Canadian researcher Dr. Kyle Sue, tired of hearing men’s complaints derided as exaggeration, decided to take a tour of the medical literature to see if there was any evidence to show that men actually do suffer more than women when they get the flu.
Don’t doubt it: “Man flu” is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was “tired of being accused of overreacting.” They discovered men are more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses than women.
Urgent Care Tricare Provider
Tricare is the military’s health insurance program, and it comes in four varieties:
- Tricare Prime
- Tricare Extra
- Tricare Standard
- Tricare for Life
Tricare, the military’s health insurance plan, covers everyone — active-duty members, retirees, and their families.
Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
It’s important to know where to go when an illness or injury occurs. We can help you better understand when to visit an urgent care vs emergency room.
While emergency rooms serve those with life threatening situations, an urgent care can treat those needing immediate, less serious care.
Wintertime Respiratory Illnesses
Wintertime is peak season for contracting illnesses. Due to the colder weather, we tend to stay inside more, which often puts us in proximity to disease-causing germs. When we do get sick, it can be frustrating not knowing exactly what we may have “caught”.
Regular Blood Pressure Checks
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood against the walls of your arteries. Persistent elevation of blood pressure increases your risk of thickening the walls of your arteries which can lead to
- heart problems
- kidney disease
High blood pressure readings often has no symptoms, so regular blood pressure checks is the only way to know if a person has high blood pressure.
Dangers of Using Google For Health Symptoms
Have you been guilty of looking up your health symptoms online? If the answer is yes (well, of course you have!), you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, it’s such a common worldwide occurrence that Even Google’s own staff admit that using the search engine to look for symptoms is pretty much a portal into Hell.
And while sometimes Internet searches can lead to the right answers, other times it can lead to anxiety called cyberchondria. The unfounded concern over common symptoms based on online literature and research. Once someone begins self-diagnosing and agonizing over health symptoms, it becomes an issue.
Drug Testing FAQ
Drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. It can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs.
There are a variety of employment-related drug tests used by employers. The types of drug tests which show the presence of drugs include:
- urine drug tests
- blood drug tests
- hair drug tests
- saliva drug screens
- breath alcohol testing
Ways to Prepare for Cold and Flu
There’s no doubt about it. Cold and flu season is a sure thing and it’s on the rise this year. Cold and flu season may bring body aches and fever, but there are precautions you can take to keep illness at bay.