Thursday, August 20, 2009

Flu Day!

Doctor Mark (Cassie's endocrinologist) and the CDC both recommend that we get a yearly flu vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccination is important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like diabetes, asthma or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older. There are lots of different flu viruses. Each year the flu vaccine is formulated to protect against the three seasonal viruses that research suggests will be most common. This year there's also a flu shot that's in development for H1N1 (swine flu).

It's easy to forget to get this shot. After all we take so many shots every day why would we ever look for another to add to the pile?

One easy way to remind you and your family to get vaccinated is to designate a specific date and observe it like a national holiday. Maybe you can tack on another ritual to it too. If you can have cake on your birthday, maybe flu day warrants cookies.

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