In winter the days get shorter and as the temperature starts to drop there is a greater tendency to stay indoors where it is warm, be less active and eat comfort foods. Winter can also bring increased risks of illness. Holidays, stress, post-holidays, even more stress — who has time for taking care of ourselves? Although winter comes as no surprise, many of us are not ready for its arrival. If you are prepared for the hazards of winter, you will be more likely to stay safe and healthy when temperatures start to fall.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) in 2005 to raise awareness and advocate for the flu vaccination through the winter season and beyond. NIVW is scheduled for December 7-13, 2014. Seasonal influenza, often referred to simply as “the flu,” associated with approximately 200,000 hospital admissions and as many as 49,000 deaths annually in the United States, according to the CDC.
The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for new ideas to help you feel your best–especially during the rigors of the winter season. Winter can be a trying time both mentally and physically. The days are darker, colder and shorter and our bodies become more susceptible to all kinds of winter nasties like cold and flu. While it sounds tempting just to stay inside and hide from it all, being proactive about your health and well being will help ensure that you make it through the cooler months cold and flu-free, and in tip-top shape to enjoy the summer. Here are some tips for supercharging your winter wellness.
As the long hot days of summer give way to cool crisp autumn weather, simple lifestyle modifications can help us adjust to the change in seasons. Autumn is a transitional season, moving from the hot bright yang nature of summer toward the cold dark yin nature of winter. The cooling weather ushers in the harvest and signals the start of the dying cycle in nature – leaves and fruits wither and fall, seeds dry, tree sap descend to the roots. The seasonal change also affects our bodies – especially the respiratory system, leading to an increase in colds, coughs and allergies.
Flu vaccines should be compulsory for all health-care workers because their patients’ lives are at risk. The time has come for healthcare institutions to demand that all healthcare workers be vaccinated. Our patients’ lives depend on this change. But each season, 20 percent of health workers get the flu.