The fall season is when a lot of people think about getting an annual flu shot. Last year’s flu shot will not protect you against this year’s strain of flu virus. And a “regular” flu shot will not protect you against the H1N1 flu virus. So it’s important to talk with your doctor about which vaccines you should get this season.
It’s important to keep track of what vaccines you have received and when. For instance, tetanus, also known as lockjaw, affects muscles and nerves and is caused by bacteria in soil. The bacteria can be transferred by a deep skin puncture or wound like the kind you get from stepping on a nail. Tetanus can be very serious. A preventive vaccine is recommended every ten years.
A vaccine for hepatitis is now routinely given to babies. Yet, many adults and teenagers did not receive this as a child. Your doctor may suggest this vaccine for protection because it provides immunity for decades, and possibly a lifetime.
The shingles vaccine protects you from a painful skin condition that affects about one million adults every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only about two percent of the eligible population receives a shingles vaccine.
Vaccines are available to protect adults against cervical cancer, measles, mumps and diphtheria. Travel to certain foreign countries may require vaccination for particular conditions.
Talk with your doctor about vaccinations and which ones are recommended to help you stay healthy.
It’s time to give thanks. Let the celebration of family, happiness and health begin. We hope you’ll make this holiday the best one yet by taking a moment to read and share these simple Thanksgiving tips.
We hope this Thanksgiving is one you remember not because of a missed flight or scorched green bean casserole, but because of the fond memories you make with family and friends.
Today, November 20th, 2013 is Contact Your Member of Congress Day!
Grassroots Effort to Repeal the Part B Therapy Cap!
NASL has designated today– Wednesday, November 20th as Contact Your Member of Congress Day. Help your representative understand the importance of extending the Part B outpatient therapy exceptions process, and the changes to the manual medical review (MMR) process for therapy claims above $3,700. Go to the NASL Legislative Action Center and email your member of Congress. Spread this message as a call to action to everyone you know! It is not even necessary for you to know the name of your representative; the advocacy center will use your zip code to direct your messages to the correct Member of Congress.
Thank you again to all who traveled to DC to advocate, and thank you to all who have sent emails to Congress so far. We need to keep the pressure on Congress, so please take time today to contact your member of Congress!
Announcing the winners of the 2013 Staff Photo Contest! We had over 300 great entries which made narrowing it down to these 13 photos a tough task. Thanks to everyone who participated! These winning photos will appear in our 2014 Calendar and each photographer will receive a $50 Gift Certificate. Be sure to keep clicking those shutters to enter next year’s contest. Our focus next year will be to capture photos of our staff in action, so get out there and get some shots!
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