Tag: Flu shot
The annual flu season runs from October to May, and doctors recommend that older adults take early and proper precautions. Flu shots are the best way to do that. “Seniors are at a higher risk for contracting the flu because their immune systems are weakened with age,” says Erin Atkinson
Q. I received a flu shot this year and still got the flu? Why is this–I thought a shot was supposed to prevent the flu?
A. Despite your own particular case of flu, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported influenza activity as “moderate” so far this year—small comfort
The warm glow of summer has barely faded, the leaves are only now starting to turn, and the first jack-o-lantern has yet to be carved. Surely it’s too soon to begin worrying about cold and flu season, isn’t it?
“The time to protect yourself is now—before the peak of the cold
Seeing your primary care provider on at least an annual basis allows him or her to help keep tabs on your overall physical health. If you have chronic medical problems, however, the visits with your provider can sometimes be dominated by focusing on the management of those problems.
The New Year may bring freezing temperatures for many of us, but while senior health is particularly vulnerable in cold weather, a little advance preparation can help preserve your wellbeing and comfort. For example, if you haven’t already had your flu shot, schedule it as soon as possible. I make
Q. How can I help protect my brain against cognitive decline?
A. There are many ways you can help prevent brain aging and cognitive decline. We are only now learning from recent research that cognitive decline may in fact be a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices that can be avoided. Some
Q. Is there anything I can do to help prevent cancer?
A. You actually can do a lot to protect your health and help prevent cancer. A lot depends on lifestyle choices you make. While some risk factors, such as genetics and environmental exposure to toxins, are out of your control,
Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or other infectious agents. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible and the strength of the immune system.
When the body’s immune system detects injury (from infection or other cause), it produces
Influenza—commonly called “the flu”—is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs as well as the whole body. Most people recognize the symptoms—fever, body aches, sore throat, stuffy nose, and headache. Sometimes the flu is confused with the common cold, but even though some of the symptoms