November Health News

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month – Talk to you health care provider about the risk factors in your family, take precautions, & support the people you know with Diabetes!

 

Continue to say “BOO”  to the Flu!  – This year, the Centers for Disease Control advise everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot during the months of October and November.  Talk to your doctor. 

 

Your decision to get the flu shot or not goes well beyond you.  It also affects the many lives you touch…

Influenza is a contagious disease of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, and lungs) that can lead to serious complications, including pneumonia and the worsening of other chronic health conditions. Flu symptoms may include fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.  The best way to protect your family from new influenza strains is to get vaccinated each year.

 

The top five most virus-contaminated areas in the home are:

1.     Telephones (have you cleaned your cell phone lately)

2.     Appliances such as the refrigerator and microwave

3.     Faucets

4.     Light switch and door handles

5.     TV remotes

 

Please keep all sick children home from school especially if they are exhibiting respiratory and stomach symptoms! If you are unsure – stay home and call your health care provider or school nurse for advice.

 

Allergy & Asthma season is hitting us again this year. Monitor all symptoms closely and follow your health care provider’s advice.  If your child has asthma, it is extremely important to keep an inhaler at school.

 

We can protect and strengthen our own immunity by eating nutritious foods, taking daily walks, sleeping 8 –10 hours a night, reducing stress, and smiling daily : )

 

 

Happy Autumn!

 

Yolanda Lake, RN, BSN

District Nurse





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