A Shot in the Arm - not in the Dark!

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Each season brings its changes.  Some, cooler weather and beautiful foliage, are welcome. Others, like those below, present challenges. 


Floodwater: 

To date, we have seen our share of flooding in relation to the hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. There is yet plenty of time for potential storms and flooding. 

One of the most common poor decisions made during flooding is to drive through elevated flood waters. If you encounter fast moving water or a flooded roadway as you are driving or walking, it’s best to turn around and find another route. Remember: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” not only rhymes it also makes good sense as most people who die in heavy flooding die in their cars.  Almost two out of every three flood-related deaths between 1995 and 2010 (not including Hurricane Katrina) occurred in motor vehicles according to The Weather Channel’s Greg Forbes.  

Reduced Visibility / Darkness: 

On Sunday, November 5 most of the United States will “fall back” an hour with daylight savings time. Coupled with shorter days, this only decreases visibility when driving in the morning and early evenings.  School is back in session, wildlife is becoming more active, and the opportunities for dangers while driving increase with the added time of dark. The best solution is to slow down when driving, pay attention to postings for animal crossings, and obey school zone speed limits.

Flu Season: 

October is the start of flu season, with expected peak between January and March 2018. It's recommended that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu. Learn more about flu prevention and the flu vaccine. Several recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for this Flu Season:  

  • Recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vac-cine (LAIV) f or the 2017-2018 season
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses (the influenza A(H1N1)
  • This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended
  • CDC Recommends the new two quadrivalent (four-component) flu vaccines: one inactivated influenza vaccine (“Afluria Quadrivalent” IIV) and one recombinant influenza vaccine (“Flublok Qudrivalent” RIV).   Ask your medical provider which one is best for you.
 

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