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Q: Can I get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same visit?

A: Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time if you are eligible, and the timing coincides.

Q: What is the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

A: Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus named SARS-CoV-2, and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. You cannot tell the difference between flu and COVID-19 by symptoms alone because some of the symptoms are the same.

Q: Because the flu and COVID-19 symptoms are similar, how will I know what I have if I am ill?

A: Your health care professional may order a test to help confirm whether you have flu or COVID-19 or some other illness.

Q: Do I need to get a flu vaccine even if I wear a mask and avoid large crowds?

A: Yes. Wearing a mask and avoiding crowds and others who are sick can help protect you and others from respiratory viruses, like flu and the virus that causes COVID-19. However, the best way to reduce your risk of flu illness and its potentially serious complications is for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine each year. By getting a flu vaccine, you may also be protecting people around you who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

We hope this article answered some questions that you had regarding this year’s flu season.

Stay healthy!

Here we are again… about to embark on another flu season. This year though you can be prepared by following along with this Flu 2022 Q & A filled with information that will help you weather the flu season storm. 

(Editor’s Note: All medical information contained in this article was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control CDC website.) 

Q: What is the recommendation for receiving a flu vaccine this year? 

A: Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, with few exceptions as has been the case since 2010. New this season, however, is a preferential recommendation for the use of higher dose and adjuvanted flu vaccines in people 65 and older over standard dose, unadjuvanted flu vaccines.

Q: What viruses will this year’s flu vaccine protect against? 

A: The recommendations for the 2022-2023 season include two updates compared with the recommended composition of last season’s U.S. flu vaccines. Both the influenza A (H3N2) and the influenza B (Victoria lineage) vaccine virus components were updated. 

Q: When is the best time to get my flu vaccine? 

A: It’s best to be vaccinated before flu begins spreading in your community. September and October are generally good times to be vaccinated against flu. Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October. However, even if you are not able to get vaccinated until November or later, vaccination is still recommended because flu most commonly peaks in February and significant activity can continue into May.

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Not everything having to do with diet, exercise, and healthy living must be complicated or time-consuming. There are plenty of things that you can easily do to help shift your mindset towards living healthier.

Here are the top 10 things that you can do to live healthier and feel good about yourself. 

  1. Eat Fresh Foods. Eat fresh rather than processed foods. Ask yourself, “Does this come from Nature?” If the answer is NO, then eliminate it from your diet.
  2. Take up a sport. It doesn’t have to be complicated, just something that you are comfortable with and gets you moving.
  3. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are a parent always on the go, ensure that your healthy choices fit into your busy schedule.
  4. Start a food diary. Write down everything you eat and once you do you can see where and what you need to cut from your diet.
  5. Avoid fad diets. Opt for a healthy lifestyle. Fad diets are a quick fix, whereas overall good health will sustain you.
  6. Set goals. Give yourself a sensible time-period to cut fast food from your diet.
  7. Get active. Use the stairs instead of the elevator, use the furthest parking spot away from where you are going, and get moving daily in some way.
  8. Five-a-day rule. Follow the five-a-day rule when it comes to fruits and vegetables.
  9. Socialize with like-minded people. You’ll start to think like them and be inspired by them.
  10. Be good to yourself. Take your time and reward yourself regularly for achieving your goals.

November brings Thanksgiving and all of that delicious food can mean extra pounds this month. Combat those extra calories by joining in on this “Thanks and Planks” Fitness Challenge, which takes just mere seconds each day.

 

Happy Planksgiving! 

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 30 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 35 seconds

Day 5: REST DAY

Day 6: 40 seconds

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 50 seconds

Day 10: REST DAY

Day 11: 1 minute

Day 12: 1 minute

Day 13: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Day 14: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Day 15: REST DAY

Day 16: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Day 17: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Day 18: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Day 19: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Day 20: REST DAY

Day 21: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Day 22: 1 minute, 45 seconds

Day 23: 2 minutes

Day 24: 2 minutes

Day 25: REST DAY

Day 26: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Day 27: 2 minutes, 15 seconds

Day 28: 2 minutes, 30 seconds

Day 29: 2 minutes, 45 seconds

Day 30: 3 minutes

So, you have been working out and eating right, but you still can’t get that scale to move in the right direction?  Well, there may be a “strange” reason why you are gaining weight instead of losing weight.

Here are three strange factors that could cause you to be gaining weight, even though you are doing everything you can to lose weight:

  • You take antidepressants.
  • You have digestive issues.
  • Your body is low on Vitamin D, magnesium or iron.