Monday, January 14, 2013
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in Providence, R.I. and Boston than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Norton-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in Norton that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): Walgreens CVS More locations According to this week's CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are on the increase across the country. Five states – Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee – are reporting flu rates not …
Hand washing is one of the ways to keep kids healthy.
The following information is from the Red Cross: Health officials are reporting widespread influenza outbreaks in 47 of 50 states, up from just a week ago. One age group hit particularly hard is children, and the American Red Cross has some steps parents can teach their kids to help them avoid getting sick. WASHING HANDS Kids have a way of picking up colds and other illnesses. Parents should teach children proper hand washing techniques and how to correctly cover coughs or sneezes. Wash hands withsoap and warm water. When using soap and water: If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: SAFETY STEPS The most important thing parents can do is get children six months of age or oldera flu vaccine as recommended by the Centers for Disease …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Your Patch Facts for the day.
Things You Need to Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1. Timmy Brown and Josh Gerrish performance Norton's favorite sons will perform back to back shows at McMahon’s Countryside Grille. Timmy Brown will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and entertain through dinner. Then Josh Gerrish takes over at 9 p.m. and will perform country hits as well as original music. Reservations accepted for parties of six or more 2. Shoe collection Nine Lives is collecting gently used shoes. This fundraiser will benefit the shelter. 3. Hot Stove, Cool Music Boston Benefit Concert Tickets are on sale now for …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
Wednesday, January 9
The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. Here are some local options. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Easton and the rest of Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Your Patch Facts for the day.
Five Things You Need to Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1. High near 72, low around 54 Today will be sunny, with a high near 72. Light southwest wind will increase 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind will be 5 to 7 mph. 2. Flu Vaccine The Norton Board of Health has flu vaccine available at no cost to you. For an appointment call the Public Health Nurse at 508-285-0258 and leave your name and phone number where you can be reached. 3. Breathing Club Sturdy Memorial Hospital will host a Breathing Club 1 to 3 p.m. in the …
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Columnist tells tales of family's cures.
Cough, cough, sniff, sniff. I'm writing this column in pain from the cold, flu, infection or whatever I've had for the last month. It's the bug that came for Halloween and stayed for Thanksgiving. Yes, I've been to a doctor. "Take this medicine and you will feel better by next Tuesday," he said. It's Friday and I'm still in major coughing mode. I know I'm not alone. I hear you coughing in the coffee shop or see you dealing with a runny nose. Wait. I just had another major coughing fit. I've been to my local pharmacy where it is stocked with rows and rows of stuff to help me, us, feel better. Poppycock. Your 24-hour cough relief doesn't work. I still have a stuffed-up nose or I lose my voice every 10 minutes or so. Sorry, I just had …