CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Oct. 4, 2011 – As flu season begins, Southeastern Med encourages everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccine to protect themselves from the virus as early as possible.
Although the most infections typically occur in January and February, flu season runs from October through May — so it’s smart to get vaccinated early in order to stay healthy this fall.
Influenza is a serious viral respiratory illness spread from person to person in secretions of the nose and lungs, for example when sneezing. Respiratory infections caused by other viruses often are called flu, but this is incorrect. Whereas with other viral respiratory infections the symptoms usually are mild and most people can continue working or going to school while ill, with the flu, the symptoms are severe and prolonged and cause individuals to miss days of work or school. Influenza usually causes a fever higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit; aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs; chills and sweats; headache; dry cough; fatigue and weakness; and nasal congestion.
“The benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risks related to the vaccine,” said Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med.
“The vaccine will keep you and your family from a lot of aggravation and prevent serious complications. Everyone has to choose if the vaccine is right for themselves or their children. Before you decide if the vaccine is right for you or your children, I caution people to read from expert resources and to not believe everything they read on the internet or hear at the supermarket about the flu vaccine.”
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 4, 2011 – It may be funny when a cartoon character gets bonked on the head, but it’s not so funny when it happens in real life. Feeling confused or dazed for a little while, having poor concentration or being knocked out after getting hit in the head are all symptoms of a very serious head injury called a concussion.
In recognition of March as National Athletic Training Month, Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers warn parents, coaches and teen athletes about the seriousness of sports-related head injuries.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Athletes who sustain concussions usually recover without lasting health problems by following certain precautions and taking a breather from sports. But a child with an undiagnosed concussion can be at risk for brain damage, disability and even death.
“Concussions can be complex injuries to assess and treat because symptoms do not always emerge right away and sometimes can persist for weeks or months,” said Amy Zalenski, MAE, ATC, LAT, CES, Certified Athletic Trainer at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. “Even without a loss of consciousness, it’s important for the athlete to be under close watch for symptoms of a concussion.”
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 2, 2011 – Take a moment to consider what might happen if you were left unconscious in an accident and needed emergency medical treatment. Everyone from the EMTs to emergency room physicians would need immediate access to your accurate medical information.
In recognition of March 6-12 as National Patient Safety Week, Southeastern Med encourages everyone to take a few minutes to prepare an up-to-date medication and allergy list. In an emergency, this one little piece of paper could help save your life.
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Jan 10, 2011 – Every winter it happens – people hurting themselves shoveling snow from their sidewalks and driveways with injuries ranging from minor aches and pulled muscles to fatal heart attacks.
Shoveling snow is physically stressful. The bending, lifting and twisting motions can take a serious toll on the body, and back injuries are among the most common injuries. According to the Weather Channel’s Web site, shoveling snow is equivalent to lifting weights. The average shovel of snow weighs 16 pounds and the average driveway requires 100 shovels to clear it. That’s 1,600 pounds of snow to clear one driveway.
Shoveling can be made more difficult by the weather. The risk for hypothermia, a decrease in body temperature, is increased if one is not dressed correctly for the weather conditions. According to the American Heart Association, the cold air also makes it harder to work and breathe, which adds extra strain on the body, especially the heart. When exposed to the cold, the body’s natural reflex is to tighten arteries and blood vessels. That, in combination with the physical demands of snow shoveling that cause the heart to pump blood faster, is a recipe for a heart attack.
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