Flu Shot Myths

This Article used with permission of Swedish Hospital. NOVEMBER 6, 2019 SWEDISH WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE TEAM Get out your tissues, plug in the vaporizer, and stock up on soup. It’s flu season. Flu season runs from October through May, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Contrary to what many people believe, the flu is not a stomach virus. It’s a contagious respiratory disease caused by viruses that infect your throat, nose, and lungs and causes fever, cough, sore throat, headaches, body aches, and sore muscles. In short—the flu makes you feel crummy all over. The best way to avoid the flu...

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A Healthy Social Life is Good for Your Health

This article used with permission from Swedish Hospital. APRIL 30, 2019 SWEDISH SENIOR CARE TEAM Strong social networks can play a key role in maintaining good health. Recent reports show benefits emotionally, mentally and physically for people who spend time with others in nurturing friendships. It's important for older adults to stay active socially for overall well-being. Friends—it's not just a beloved '90s sitcom, but a strong predictor of good health. Social relationships have long been considered integral to a rich and vibrant life, and recent studies continue to reinforce that idea. Interaction with others—in person, not just on social media—can...

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