How to Stay Healthy During This Year’s Flu Season

How to Stay Healthy During This Year’s Flu Season

Last year the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) created the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. With the peak of the new flu season nearing people are still going to great lengths to keep them and their families safe from new strands going around.how to prevent flu

Because the strands of the flu virus change every year, there is no set flu season. However, the peak for flu season is normally January or February and can last all the way to May.  Because flu season is a moving target the CDC collects data year round and reports this information every week from October through May.

On average between 5 and 20% of the U.S. population is affected by the flu each year.   Below are the ways to help prevent the flu:

Vaccination – The best way to stay healthy during the flu season is to make sure you get your flu shot at the beginning of the season.  The vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies  to develop and provide protection (it is still beneficial to get your vaccination this year). Although the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on how well the strands predicted  match to the strands produced, on good years the vaccine is between 70 and 90% effective.

Don’t touch your face – Your eyes, mouth and nose serve as pathways for the virus to enter. By keeping your hands away from your face you block one of the most common ways of allowing the virus to enter your body.

Wash your hands – Wash your hands thoroughly (20 to 30 seconds with hot water and soap) regularly. By keeping your hands clean you can avoid passing germs from one area to another, and keep from infecting yourself.

Use hand sanitizer – Sometimes you just can’t get to a sink, especially when out running errands; for these times keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on you. By using a quarter-sized amount of sanitizer and rubbing it all over your hands for 10 to 15 seconds the alcohol in the sanitizer can break down the proteins in the disease and deactivate it.

Keep your distance – When someone sneezes or coughs they spray virus packed droplets that can land up to three feet away. Although it is common practice for most, many do not cover the mouth when sneezing, so it is best to keep your distance from anyone you think may be infected.

For more information about the flu, how to prevent, and how to treat, check out FLU.GOV.

Lynx Medical Alert Bracelets

American Medical ID is having a blowout sale on the Lynx bracelet line offering each style at up to 50% off the original price.

Are you looking for a stylish ID bracelet that can withstand your daily activities without scratching? The Lynx bracelet line is the ID for you.

Lynx Arc Medical Alert BraceletWith 4 different styles it’s easy to find something you love.

My favorite part of these bracelets is their unique watch-like style instead of the standard chain. This gives it heft and a bold a look. All 4 of the Lynx Trilogy Medical ID Bracelet styles are made with stainless steel allowing you to live your life like normal without worrying about scratches common with precious metal jewelry.

Still not sure if this is the ID for you? Take a look at what some Lynx Bracelet owners have to say about it.

“I like the look and feel of this bracelet MUCH more than those with a chain. For those worried about the not adjustable size issue, I simply took it to a local jeweler and had a few links removed. It fits perfectly now. I’m very pleased with this purchase.”
Nathan Y.

“High quality, very strong and durable. Will probably buy another.”
Brad R.

“The ID is made great, and looks great. I get plenty of compliments.”
James D.

“This bracelet is of the highest quality that I have ever seen on a medical ID bracelet. Your Lynx series has changed the ID bracelet world from an ugly chain to a nice piece of jewelry.”
Christie P.

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Medical News of the Week

  1. Traveling with Medical Conditions
    Traveling with a medical condition requires special preparation. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are essential for those with conditions that can cause rapid, life-threatening symptoms, confusion, or unconsciousness (such as diabetes, seizures, and severe allergic reactions).
    Source: MerckSource
  2. Diabetes and Your Diet: Busting 7 Myths
    Some of the things you’ve heard about diabetes and diet probably aren’t true.
    Source: Cleveland Clinic
  3. Family Ties Play Big Role in Atrial Fibrillation
    People who have a close family member with atrial fibrillation are 40 percent more likely to develop the heart condition than other people.
    Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
  4. Misperception of Body Weight Poses Health Risks
    Nearly one in four women who is overweight perceives her weight as normal, according to a new study. The study also shows 15% of the normal-weight women studied had weigh misperceptions, considering themselves overweight.
    Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology
  5. We’re Still Too Low on Fruit, Vegetable Consumption
    Kids and adults still aren’t eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables, despite years of encouragement from their parents and nutrition professionals.
    Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation

Free Rush Processing on All Medical ID Orders

It’s not too late to give someone you love a gift to help save their life this Christmas.

From now until Sunday, December 5th, use the code PC395 at check Free Rush Shipping on Medical Alerts / IDs for Christmasout and  receive free rush processing on any order over $50. With rush processing you’re guaranteed to have your ID ready to wrap up and put under the tree before Santa makes his rounds.

Don’t forget that every ID from American Medical ID comes with free engraving. If you’re unsure of what to engrave gift cards are also available.

Medical Tattoos

There are many people that understand the need for medical ID jewelry, but just do not want to wear a necklace or bracelet. Because of issues like this, some creative solutions have come about including the medical tattoo such as the diabetes tattoos shown below:

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The trend of medical tattoos has been around for a while, but has never become too popular for several reasons:

  1. Permanence – Conditions change. You can recover or your condition could morph into another classification, but a tattoo is very expensive and painful to change.
  2. Branding – For a medical tattoo to be seen it must be large and in a recognizable spot – like your left wrist where pulse is normally checked. This placement makes it easy for everyone to see what your condition is, which is what many try to stray away from.
  3. Amount of Information – On an engraved medical ID you can fit a variety of information, from medical conditions and allergies to contact information with a small charm or plate. However with a tattoo, the more information you need to share the larger the area of arm covered in ink.

Last, and most important:

  • Recognition by Medical Professionals – Medical ID jewelry is the gold standard for medical professionals to look for. While checking vitals it is quickly seen and used for the diagnosis and treatment. Although medical tattoos have been around for awhile, they have never been the standard and will often be missed in an emergency with a passing glance, or thought to be a form of body art instead of life saving information.  If you do decide on a medical tattoo, make sure you plan a tattoo design that puts your alert on your wrist so that it can be seen more easily like in the first image above.

If you are considering a medical tattoo, think about other options before making this permanent decision. Some great choices include, a medical bracelet,  or a sportband.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Spreading

Whooping Cough OutbreakYou don’t hear about Whooping Cough very often, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This highly contagious upper respiratory infection is severe and can even be deadly for infants.

Whooping Cough normally takes about a week to develop after your exposure to the bacteria. It then begins to show symptoms similar to a cold and severe coughing episodes begin 10 to 12 days later. These coughing spells can cause vomiting and short spells of unconsciousness; if you have either of these symptoms with coughing fits you need to make an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Lately a Whooping Cough outbreak has been making headline news because of the rate it is spreading this year. Okalahoma and California are already reporting the highest amount of cases they have ever seen. 62% of the cases reported this year have been from six states, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Because Whooping Cough is so highly contagious the best way to prevent catching it is a simple vaccination.

For everything you could want to know about Whooping Cough, the outbreak and the vaccine, check Help Prevent Whooping Cough’s site.

Allergy Safe Food for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, which means one of my favorite things. Food!

Gatherings have already begun with appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There are also the delicious pot luck meals where food allergy free thanksgivingeveryone joins together. And don’t forget the yummy treats people pass out and bring to the office. There are so many options for decadent desserts and chances to try new dishes during the holidays.

All these tasty dishes being passed around can be a scary thing for someone with food allergies. You can’t guess all the ingredients in any dish and it is impossible to tell if the cooking process has been contaminated with an allergen. The only way to be completely sure to avoid allergens is to decline unlabeled holiday treats, and definitely teach children to do this also.

Below are some links to help you steer your way through the holidays without running into any allergy obstacles.

If you’re looking for something to serve then try out this recipe for Cranberry Quick Bread from the Food Allergy Network:

Ingredients
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¾ cup canned sweet potato, mashed
¾ cup peach baby food
1/3 cup orange juice
¼ cup milk-free margarine, melted
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9/5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine sweet potato, baby food, orange juice, and margarine. Mix well. Add to dry ingredients; stir until just moist. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Do you have any allergy free holiday recipes you love?

*If you do eat something containing an ingredient you’re allergic to; an engraved medical ID can help ensure you quickly receive proper care.

Lauren’s Hope Review – Choosing the Right Medical ID

Choosing the right medical ID is difficult. Not only is an ID a life saving device, but it is also a piece of jewelry that you wear every day. This is why we’ve created a series to assist you in making the best choice for you.

Service – There are no service fees related with American Medical ID or Lauren’s Hope. American Medical ID provides the Online Medical Registry health database service at no charge to their customers.

Products – Lauren’s Hope primarily focuses on IDs made with beads and leather for the men’s styles while the strong majority of American Medical ID’s pieces are made with your common jewelry metals. American Medical ID believes that a medical ID should not look too much like every day because it may then be missed by emergency professionals and designs products to fit both needs while Lauren’s Hope believes that the more stylish the medical ID is the more likely you are to wear it.

Price – Pricing for both American Medical ID and Lauren’s Hope are comparable for similar products.

The choice between Lauren’s Hope and American Medical ID is based on your style prefrence, but keep in mind the main purpose of a medical ID when making your purchase. While it is important to find something that matches your style, it is essential that your ID is easily seen my medical professionals.

Money, Stress and the Effects on Your Body

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A recent Stress in America survey found that 76% of people are stressed by money with work falling close behind. This is a 5% increase from last year’s results.

Stress is not just irritating, but can also have severe effects on your health.

  • Hair – excessive hair loss and some forms of baldness
  • Muscles – aches and spasms
  • Digestive Tract – aggravated diseases, such as gastritis, ulcers and an irritable colon
  • Skin – eczema and psoriasis
  • Brain – insomnia, headaches, personality changes, irritability, and depression
  • Heart – cardiovascular disease and hypertension are strongly connected
  • Lungs – adversely effects people with asthma conditions

There is no best method to relieve stress for everyone.  The best thing to do is try a variety of methods until you find what works for you.  Try these sites for several relaxation methods:

Help Guide- a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people make healthy choices
Mayo Clinic- a not-for-profit health clinic helping with the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every disease
Stress Relief Exercises – site with an assortment of relaxation methods to try

To find more of this study’s results check this USA Today article.

USB Dog Tags – USB Medical Alert Product Review

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Do you like to stay ahead of the curve? Are you a techie?

If either of those statements describe you, than I’m excited to introduce you to the first engravable USB medical ID; the USB Dog Tag.

This ID provides you with all the features of the Dog Tag, but offers a unique USB device to store detailed information that could never  fit on an ID. With the use of a pre-loaded template it is easy to make sure you have everything you need to share organized and ready to view.

Information to store on USB Medical Alert:
– Information that regularly changes or needs to be updated often
– Medical conditions
– Emergency contacts
– Doctor’s name and office number
– Insurance information
– Living will
– Donor cards
– EKGs
– X-rays
– Anything else you’d like to be shared

Doctors are quickly moving to electronic records with a push from the Government to be completely transferred from paper to electronic by 2015. With half of all doctors currently using electronic records having a USB medical dog tag will help make it easy to keep records up to date between physicians.

This USB medical ID goes beyond the limits of every other medical ID out there. What would you put on your USB medical record?

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