National Influenza Vaccination Week is January 10-16, 2010 and the need for people to get immunized throughout the entire flu season is highlighted. Flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu and its potentially severe complications.
This has been an unusual flu season with circulation of the H1N1 flu virus. It is estimated that 47 million Americans have been infected with the H1N1 virus resulting in 213,000 hospitalizations and 9,820 deaths. There have been 280 pediatric deaths which is three times what is seen in a typical flu season. The H1N1 continues to hit children and young adults the hardest.
Friday, February 5, is "Go Red For Women" day and the whole month of February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. and is a major cause of disability. In fact, an American will have a coronary event about every 25 seconds and about one will die every minute from one. There are steps everyone can take to help reduce their chance of becoming a heart disease statistic.
The American Heart Association has set a new goal to focus on improving health factors and lifestyle behaviors. The Heart Association has defined "ideal cardiovascular health" and identified seven health factors and lifestyle behaviors that support heart health. These measures are called "Life's Simple 7" and are a simple step-by-step approach that will help everyone live a long, productive, healthy life -- something everyone would like to do.