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TDH Warns of Severe Flu Season

TDH Warns of Severe Flu Season

Tennessee Department of Health surveillance notes a steady increase in influenza activity in Tennessee and warns the 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. TDH urges everyone to protect themselves and their families by getting a flu shot now. “Early indications suggest this could be a more severe flu season than we have had for some [...]

Protect Yourself against Shingles: Get Vaccinated

Almost 1 out of 3 people in America will develop shingles during their lifetime. Your risk increases as you get older. People 60 years of age or older should get vaccinated against this painful disease. Shingles is also known as herpes zoster. It causes a painful, blistering skin rash that can last 2 to 4 [...]

HHS announces 27 Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns awards

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced 27 recipients of new Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns awards, made possible by the Affordable Care Act. Up to $41.4 million can be used by states, caregivers and others to find new ways to prevent significant, long-term health problems for high-risk pregnant [...]

Flu Risks for Seniors

As you age, your immune system weakens. This weakening makes seniors—adults 65 years and older— more susceptible to the flu. For seniors, the seasonal flu can be very serious, even deadly. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older. It is important all seniors [...]

Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving

Some Sleep Drugs Can Impair Driving

Many people take sedatives to help them sleep. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding consumers that some drugs to treat insomnia could make them less able the next morning to perform activities for which they must be fully alert, including driving a car. FDA has informed manufacturers that the recommended dose should be [...]

Treating the Flu

What should you do if you have the flu? Follow these basic tips for treating the flu. If you have been diagnosed with the flu, you should stay home and follow your health care provider’s recommendations. You can treat the flu with or without medication. When treating without medication, be sure to get plenty of [...]