HEALTHY LIVING — Don’t get caught by the flu

first_imgOn a recent wellness check at the doctor, the very first words out of the nurse’s mouth were, “Have you had your flu shot?” Remember when there was a flu season? Times have certainly changed. Flu season is now year round. I was surprised to see that in the second week of school, one local school district had 21 diagnosed cases of flu, 19 in the same school!I cannot stress enough the importance of getting that flu shot. Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses [the B/Victoria component was changed and the influenza A(H3N2) component was updated]. For the 2018-2019 season, the nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “LAIV”) is again a recommended option for influenza vaccination of persons for whom it is otherwise appropriate. The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals 2–49 years old. There is a precaution against the use of LAIV for people with certain underlying medical conditions. Ask your doctor what will work best for you.There are many different flu viruses and they are constantly changing. The composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated as needed to match circulating flu viruses. Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses (depending on vaccine) that research suggests will be most common. For 2018-2019, trivalent (three-component) vaccines are recommended to contain:A/Michigan/45/2015 (H1N1)pdm09-like virusA/Singapore/INFIMH-16-0019/2016 A(H3N2)-like virus (updated)B/Colorado/06/2017-like (Victoria lineage) virus (updated) Options this season include:Standard dose flu shots. These are given into the muscle. They are usually given with a needle, but two (Afluria and Afluria Quadrivalent) can be given to some people (those 18 to 64 years old) with a jet injector.High-dose shots for older people.The new flu vaccine will be available, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by the middle of September. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early, before the current flu season begins. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later. Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the vaccination process sooner, because the two doses must be given at least four weeks apart.The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. In addition to getting a seasonal flu vaccine, you can take everyday preventive actions like staying away from sick people and washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs. If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading flu to others. In addition, there are prescription medications called antiviral drugs that can be used to treat influenza illness.Get your flu shot early, protect yourself and your loved ones.center_img Jody Holton writes about health and wellness for The Port Arthur Newslast_img read more

Venezuela Investigates Damages by Trinidad Oil Spill

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 77 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share BusinessNewsRegional Venezuela Investigates Damages by Trinidad Oil Spill by: – May 16, 2017 Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) The Public Ministry of Venezuela reported today that it is assessing environmental damage on the country”s eastern coasts following Petrotrin”s oil spill at Pointe-a-Pierre refinery in Trinidad & Tobago.The Citizen Power reports that it is collecting evidence, determining resources and the area damaged.National Prosecutor Dalilla Puglia and frm the states of Sucre and Nueva Esparta, Jesús Marcano and Javier Rondón, respectively, coordinate the necessary actions to establish the legal consequences derived from the incident.The Citizen Power, which is an agency attached to the Ombudsman’s Office, also notes it is supervising sanitation work carried out by the state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) and the Ministry of Ecosocialism and Water, along with other institutions and members of the communal councils in the affected areas.It also requested information stemming from PDVSA’s own investigation and of the Ministry of Petroleum and the National Institute of Aquatic Spaces, to determine what type of crude oil they found on the country’s coast and to evaluate the damages and the cost of sanitation.Last Saturday PDVSA intensified its Oil Spill Contingency Plan, after finding crude oil on the beaches of Sucre and Nueva Esparta, in connection with the fuel oil spill that occurred on April 23 in Trinidad and Tobago.last_img read more

UWF Baseball Lands Five Early Signees

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – Baseball standouts Greg Kalogridis (Orlando, Fla./ West Orange HS), Kyle Hamner (Orlando, Fla./ Edgewater HS), Matt Vollenweider (Atlanta, Ga./ Chattahoochee Valley CC), Miguel Paulino (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Choctawhatchee HS)  and Sam Kent (Fairhope, Ala./ Fairhope HS) signed national letters of intent with West Florida during the NCAA’s early signing period. These signees will join the Argonaut baseball team for the start of the 2012-13 academic year.“We have a big signing class coming in next season that will be able to compete right away. We emphasized signing high schools player to fill our needs for the future, after a big junior college signing class last season,” said head coach Mike Jeffcoat.Kalogridis is an outfielder at West Orange High School playing under assistant coach Casey Gierke, former UWF assistant coach and brother of current assistant coach Shane Gierke. “Kalogridis is a scrappy hard worker who knows the game well. He does the little things right to help the team win. We expect him to be a program player who will contribute in different roles,” said Shane Gierke. Vollenweider is the only junior college transfer of the bunch coming from Chattahoochee Valley Community College. The Atlanta, Ga. native “is an electric player and is the best reliever in junior college in the state of Alabama. He is one of biggest early signings in program history choosing UWF over several D-I offers,” said Gierke.Paulino is an outfielder at Choctawhatchee High School. Gierke says “Paulino is a 6.5 runner who hits for power and is probably the most athletic player we have ever signed behind Dustin Lawley. He will be an impact player from day one.”Kent is an outfielder from Fairhope High School. “He is a very athletic player who can hit for power. With Kent and Paulino in the outfield on the corners the next four years we expect both to make big contributions to the program,” said Gierke.The West Florida baseball team will kick off their season on February 3 on the road against Flagler. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. To follow the 2011 defending national championship baseball team in the offseason and keep up with the latest on all Argonaut athletics visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Version Share Leo Lamarche (Chris Nelson) center_img UWF Baseball Lands Five Early Signeeslast_img read more

Olympic legend Thompson a guest Track Academy’s exciting athletics event

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesDouble Olympic champion Daley Thompson and top British sprinter Nigel Levine will be the guests of honour at a special athletics competition at Track Academy in Willesden on Tuesday.The Invitational takes place at the Willesden Sports Centre in Donnington Road, between 7pm and 9pm, and will include music from 15-year-old singer-songwriter Jorja Douglas, who won the second series of the CBBC talent show Got What It Takes.AdChoices广告Along with Notting Hill-born decathlon legend Thompson, and European relay champion Levine, more than 400 people are expected at the event, including other athletes fresh from the World Athletics Championships, local dignitaries, representatives from community organisations and Track Academy graduates.Track Academy founder Connie Henry, herself a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist when she came third in the triple jump in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, said: “This is going to be a really special evening of first-class athletics, which will bring a new and exciting dimension to the traditional competition format.“The nation has just finished watching the thrilling World Athletics Championships in London, and our Invitational will be the perfect way to keep the momentum going.“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Daley and Nigel coming along. They are sure to be a very inspirational presence for our young athletes, and Jorja’s beautiful voice will be the icing on the cake.”Embed from Getty ImagesEvents will include the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, triple jump, javelin and shot put. The competition is open to all athletes, who can either sign up in advance online or turn up on the day. Cash prizes are on offer for the winners.Entries cost £4 for athletes from Track Academy or members of the West London Athletics Network, and £6 from other competitors. Certain restrictions apply and full details can be found at www.trackacademy.co.uk. Spectators can attend for free.The competition is certified by British Athletics, which means times will be recorded and published officially, and is supported by Team Personal Best, an initiative working with partners including BBC Get Inspired to promote grassroots athletics, tying in with the excitement of the World Para Athletics and IAAF World Championships.Lucy Broad, from Team Personal Best, said: “Hundreds of events are happening around the country to celebrate, including Track Academy’s Invitational. We are delighted to be supporting such a great grassroots athletics event.”• Track Academy is a registered charity which uses sport for social change among young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Alongside athletics coaching, they attend education sessions to help them gain qualifications, encouraging them to carve out fulfilling lives away from negative influences. For more information, visit www.trackacademy.co.uk or call 07956 715052.last_img read more