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Stamford To Host Flu Shot Drive-Through Clinic

STAMFORD, CT — The city will host a drive-through clinic this weekend to provide flu shots to residents while they remain in their vehicle.

The drive-through clinic will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Stamford High School parking lot, located behind the building and adjacent to Hillandale Avenue. The entrance to the drive-through clinic will be on Fenway Street.

In an announcement, Mayor David Martin stressed the importance of residents getting a flu shot this year. (To sign up for Stamford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

“It is especially important residents get a flu shot this year to avoid getting the flu and going to the hospital,” Martin said in a statement. “Flu shots are available at our health clinic, your personal doctor’s office or various pharmacies throughout the city. It only takes a minute and ensures you’ll be protected from the flu this season.”

According to Stamford Hospital’s chair of infectious diseases, Michael Parry, getting a flu shot is especially important this year as the flu and the coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, have similar symptoms.

Typical flu symptoms include a fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough, which generally differs from the common cold, according to city officials.

“Because influenza and COVID-19 present in very similar ways,” Parry said in a statement, “it is more important than ever to get a flu shot this year to minimize the risk of getting both infections.”

Further information about the drive-through clinic can be found here.

This article originally appeared on the Stamford Patch

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Will a flu shot protect you from coronavirus?

Health experts are urging people to get their flu shot this year as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. are once again on the rise.

But could getting a flu shot also protect you from COVID-19? No, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

“While it would be nice, there’s no evidence that flu shots can protect you from COVID-19, an entirely different disease,” ADPH said in a Facebook post.

That doesn’t mean you should skip the flu vaccine, however.

“The flu shot can help protect you from having the flu, which results is hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations a year and thousands of deaths. Plus, with the continued spread of COVID-19, experts warn that without proper precautions, we could experience a “twindemic” of both flu and COVID-19,” ADPH added.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people get vaccinated before flu season starts and begins to spread in your community. It takes about two weeks after the vaccination for antibodies that protect against the flu to develop in the body.

The CDC recommends people get vaccinated by the end of October. The flu vaccine is recommended for:

  • Everyone 6 months or older
  • High risk groups including young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions and people age 65 and older.
  • Healthcare workers
  • Caregivers for people in high risk groups or for infants younger than 6 months old

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The Keto Diet Might Be Worth A Shot If You’re Dealing With PCOS Symptoms

From Women’s Health

Having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can affect a lot of different areas of your life. Among other things, PCOS can impact your weight, and a lot of questions come up about the best way to manage PCOS weight gain via your diet. One frequently searched query? Whether the keto diet is a good eating method to help manage PCOS weight gain and other symptoms.

Before we get into that, it’s important to go over some PCOS basics. PCOS is a health condition caused by an imbalance of reproductive hormones, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). This hormone imbalance causes problems in the ovaries, which make an egg that’s released each month as part of your menstrual cycle. When you have PCOS, the egg might not develop the way it should, or it might not be released during ovulation, according to the OWH.

PCOS can cause a range of symptoms, including irregular periods, infertility, excess hair growth, severe acne, and weight gain, per the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). As many as four in five women with PCOS deal with weight issues in conjunction with the condition, ACOG says.

PCOS may be managed with medical interventions like hormonal birth control pills. But lifestyle management, like losing even a little weight, may also help alleviate symptoms, according to ACOG.

And that’s where the keto diet question comes up a lot. Here’s what you need to know about how the keto diet can impact PCOS symptoms.

Is following the keto diet beneficial if you have PCOS?

There’s a lot to dig into here. People with PCOS often deal with insulin resistance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that the body can make insulin, which helps blood sugar enter the body’s cells to provide energy, but can’t use it effectively. Insulin resistance increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance can also lead to patches of thickened, velvety, darkened skin, a condition known as acanthosis nigricans, and this commonly occurs with PCOS, per ACOG.

So, how does the keto diet factor in here? The keto diet is an eating plan that focuses on minimizing your carbs and increasing your fat intake to get your body to use fat as a form of energy. People on the keto diet usually have no more than 50 grams of carbs a day, but some keto fans aim to have no more than 20 grams a day.

As you may (or may not) know, carbs convert into glucose (sugar) in the body, and insulin is needed to take that sugar to your cells for energy. Limiting your carb intake—like you would on the keto diet—can help relieve the insulin resistance that can occur as a result of having PCOS, but likely only for the short term, says Scott Keatley, RD, of Keatley Medical Nutrition Therapy. However, building lean body mass (read: muscle) and losing

Napa County Announces Free Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinics

NAPA COUNTY, CA — As part of ongoing efforts to prevent a “twindemic” of coronavirus and seasonal influenza, Napa County Public Health is hosting a series of free drive-up flu shot clinics.

“We urge our residents to get vaccinated against the flu now to protect yourself and others, which is especially important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. Karen Relucio, Napa County Public Health Officer. “The flu can look very similar to COVID-19 and can cause a fever, cough, body aches, chills, and other symptoms.”

Flu vaccination reduces the burden of flu but also can preserve health care resources for care of patients with COVID-19, the county said.

The free drive-thru flu shot clinics are scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 12 and continue at various locations throughout the county, including Calistoga, St. Helena, Napa and American Canyon, through Nov. 9.

Free Drive-Thru Flu Clinic Schedule:

The county said no appointments are necessary. Face coverings must be worn, and patients must be symptom-free to get the shot. Limited walk-up vaccines are available, the county said. Call 707-253-4270 with any questions.

This article originally appeared on the Napa Valley Patch

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Flu shot shortages in your areas? Record number of doses are on the way

October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a “twindemic” with COVID-19.

“There’s considerable concern as we enter the fall and winter months and into the flu season that we’ll have that dreaded overlap” of flu and the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Thursday. He got his own flu shot earlier this week.

A record number of flu vaccine doses are on the way, between 194 million and 198 million for the U.S. alone — seemingly plenty considering last year just under half of adults got vaccinated and there usually are leftovers.

Still, there’s no way to know how many will seek shots this year and some people occasionally are finding drugstores or clinics temporarily out of stock.

Related: The soreness many people feel after getting the flu shot is a sign the body is developing influenza-fighting antibodies.

Be patient: Flu vaccine ships gradually. Less than half has been distributed so far, and the CDC and manufacturers say more is in transit.

“This year I think everyone is wanting to get their vaccine and maybe wanting it earlier than usual,” Dr. Daniel Jernigan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told The Associated Press. “If you’re not able to get your vaccination now, don’t get frustrated” but keep trying.

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Pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, which is supplying nearly 250 million doses worldwide including 80 million for the U.S., says it has shipments staggered into November.

Vaccine maker Seqirus is exploring if it could squeeze out “a limited number of additional doses” to meet high demand, said spokeswoman Polina Miklush.

Brewing flu vaccine is time-consuming. Once production ends for the year, countries can’t simply order more — making for a stressful balancing act as they guess how many people will roll up their sleeves.

Germany usually buys 18 million to 19 million doses, and this year ordered more. As German Health Minister Jens Spahn put it: “If we manage, together, to get the flu vaccination rate so high that all 26 million doses are actually used, then I’d be a very happy health minister.”

Spain purchased extra doses in hopes of vaccinating far more older adults and pregnant women than usual, along with key workers in health facilities and nursing homes.

In contrast, Poland, which last year had 100,000 doses go unused, didn’t anticipate this fall’s high demand and is seeking more.

Related: Cold is easier to distinguish from flu and COVID-19, but symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar.

The good news: The same precautions that help stop spread of the coronavirus — wearing masks, avoiding crowds, washing your hands and keeping your distance — can help block influenza, too.

Winter just ended in the Southern Hemisphere and countries like South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Chile diagnosed hardly any flu thanks to COVID-19 restrictions

Free Flu Shot Clinic Coming To Media

MEDIA, PA — The Middletown Fire Company is hosting a drive-thru flu shot clinic on an upcoming weekend as part of a larger effort in Delaware County to get residents vaccinated as flu season approaches.

Delaware County Council and the Department of Intercommunity Health announced several free public flu shot clinics that will be held soon.

The clinic at the Middletown Fire Company will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23.

The Middletown Fire Company is located at 425 S. New Middletown Road in Media.

Flu shots are available to all Delaware County residents 3 years old and up. High dose vaccines for residents 65 years of age and older are not available.

For more information or questions regarding the clinics please contact the Intercommunity Health Office at 610-891-6129

No insurance is required.

The drive-through format is intended to make it safer and more convenient for older residents, those with disabilities, and parents with small children, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Residents must wear masks or face coverings when going to the flu clinic.

In the event of inclement weather the flu clinic may be canceled.

The clinic will be staffed by members of the Delaware County Medical Reserve Corps, and Delaware County Department of Intercommunity Health.

Other clinics are being held in different locations in the county.

The full flu clinic schedule is below:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7 and Thursday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tinicum Township Fire Company, 99 Wanamaker Ave., Essington, PA 19029

  • Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Broomall Fire Company, 1 N. Malin Road, Broomall, PA 19008.

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Middletown Fire Company, 425 S. New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063.

This article originally appeared on the Media Patch

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Majority of Americans say flu shot is best preventative measure, but only this many will get it

Fall is here, meaning the days of cooler weather, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes are ahead. But with the new season also comes the seasonal flu, which this year coincides with the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

As COVID-19 continues to ravage the country, with more than 200,000 American lives claimed by the novel virus, health experts are urging the public to receive a flu vaccine in an effort to prevent hospital systems from becoming inundated with both coronavirus and flu patients.

But the results of a survey commissioned by the National Foundation for Infectious Disease (NFID) and conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, which were provided to Fox News in advance of its release on Thursday, found that while most participants agreed the vaccine is the best protection against flu, a smaller percentage actually plan to be inoculated.

In a survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 or older from across the country, 68% agreed that receiving the flu vaccine is the “best preventive measure against flu-related deaths and hospitalizations,” up from 61% the year before. (iStock)

In a survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 or older from across the country, 68% agreed that receiving the flu vaccine is the “best preventive measure against flu-related deaths and hospitalizations,” up from 61% the year before. (iStock)

In a survey of 1,000 adults ages 18 or older from across the country, 68% agreed that receiving the flu vaccine is the “best preventive measure against flu-related deaths and hospitalizations,” up from 61% the year before.


But by comparison, only 59% of respondents said they actually plan to be vaccinated against the flu, with 15% saying they are unsure. (For context, 52% of respondents in 2019 said they planned to receive the flu vaccine that year.)

For those who are unsure, some 34% said they do not think flu vaccines work well — a significant decrease from 2019, with 51% of respondents reporting the same — while 32% said that they “never get the flu.” Another 29% said they are concerned about potential side effects of the vaccine, while some 22% said they are concerned about getting the flu from the vaccine (important to note: reactions to the flu shot may include a low-grade fever or muscle aches, but the vaccine cannot cause the flu virus). Additionally, some 17% of respondents said they are unsure about getting the flu shot because they are “concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19 if they go out to get vaccinated.”

Worryingly, nearly one in four respondents (22%) who are considered high-risk for flu-related complications — high-risk groups include those 65 years of age or older, smokers, as well as those with diabetes, asthma, heart disease, or kidney disease — do not plan on getting the flu vaccine this year.

Nearly 60% of White respondents plan to receive the vaccine, while 65% of Hispanics said the same. But some 64% of Black respondents said they do not plan to get the flu shot or are unsure if they will.

As for flu season coinciding with COVID-19, the majority of adults surveyed said they were more concerned about contracting the coronavirus than the

Doctors say this year’s flu shot might be most important ever

A cough, a sniffle or even a sneeze is enough to stop you in your tracks these days. “Could I have the coronavirus?” you wonder.

As flu season approaches, public health experts are telling Americans to get their flu shot, even if it means leaving quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.  






“I understand the desire for social distance, but I think it’s also important to get a flu shot this year,” CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta told CNN. “It’s important to get one every year, but perhaps even more important this year because we’re probably going to have a convergence of both flu and coronavirus this fall. So, anything we can do to reduce flu I think is going to be really important.”

Remember when it was all about flattening the curve? The public health tactic sought to reduce the number of people infected at the same time in order to lessen the burden on hospitals and other medical infrastructure. While most states have managed to do so, spikes in some states along with new cases of the flu could overwhelm the healthcare system. 

“This is a critical year for us to try to take the flu as much off the table as we can,” Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Journal of the American Medical Association, adding that he’s hoping for a 65 percent vaccination rate. 

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Last year, fewer than half of all Americans got the flu vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And with fewer Americans willing to take a COVID-19 vaccination when it first becomes available, there is reason to be concerned about vaccination rates again this year. 

The influenza poses more than just a risk for the country’s healthcare system; it’s also a potentially deadly virus itself. Last flu season, the CDC estimated between 24,000 and 62,00 deaths and between 410,000 and 740,000 hospitalizations due to the flu. In early spring, there were several reports of patients being infected with both the coronavirus and the flu virus at a rate higher than previously reported, according to one study by researchers at Stanford University. 

Some states are taking matters into their own hands, with Massachusetts requiring students to get a flu vaccine before the school year begins and others considering doing the same. And while the effectiveness of the flu vaccine may wane over time, experts recommend getting your flu shot when you can, as soon as you can.