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Flu Shot Time

A public service announcement from Seattle Direct Counseling!

Protect those you care for. Get your flu vaccine and recommend it to your patients.

Yo! If you haven’t done so already, it is time to get your flu shot.

You: “But I don’t get the flu! Why should I get the shot or the nasal version?”

Me: Because herd immunity helps everyone around you, especially if there are some who cannot safely get the flu vaccine due to allergies to the components of the vaccine, or other chronic conditions.

You: “But I heard that you can get the flu if you take the vaccine!”

Me: The nasal version does have attenuated virus (weakened), but they are cold adapted. That means that if you were to show symptoms, it’s not the full on flu. The real flu is NASTY, and while most of us don’t want to talk about it, the flu can and does kill people.* That’s why the vaccine is a good idea every year at about two month’s prior to the time the flu is predicted to hit.

Typically, the flu season in the Seattle area hits in February, though one year it hit quite early and took everyone by surprise. Healthcare workers in hospitals are usually required to get their flu shots or nasal vaccine by October. I am personally timing mine for November, anticipating that the flu season will be in full-swing by January 2015.

Please consider getting your vaccine through your employer-based health care program, or by visiting your local drug store. Flu shots should cost about $20, and may be covered by your insurance.

Go get your flu shot. Thank you in advance!

*The CDC only posts estimates of the numbers of people who die from the seasonal flu. States are not required to report numbers, so the CDC has a mortality rate based on estimates.

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Obamacare and You

Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, Healthcare Costs

How will the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, affect you?
How will the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, affect you?

Just a few days before the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare” is to be implemented in the quarter before the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline, the news hits us: the budget to fund Obamacare is threatened. Without funding, Americans may not be able to comply with the mandate to have health insurance by the first day of 2014 or risk a tax penalty.

Knowing whether or not Obamacare, mandated in 2010 by President Obama, will be funded only scratches the surface of questions regarding how the new healthcare mandate affects you. Whether you work for a corporation that already supplies a health insurance program or you are a self-employed or contracted employee in need of obtaining health insurance to avoid the tax penalty, it’s time to sort out your options and understand why in many cases you may be paying more for your insurance premiums than ever before.

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Why Gluten Free is Not A Fad Diet

Body Wisdom, Gluten Free Eating, and Health

photo placeholder. Original ink drawing by Imei Hsu.
photo placeholder. Original ink drawing by Imei Hsu.

It’s Friday night, and your main squeeze would like to go out to dinner with you. How you choose the restaurant, what kinds of questions you ask to determine what will be served on your plate, and the amounts of food you ingest in a meal say a lot about what is going on for you today, yesterday, and tomorrow.