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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year.
Every year in the United States, on average:
- 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu;
- more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and;
- about 36,000 people die from flu.
Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Every day, 32 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 45 minutes.
One in 3 fatal motor-vehicle crashes involves an alcohol-impaired driver.
Alcohol-impaired driving takes an especially high toll on young people. One of every three drivers ages 21-24 who was killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2008 had a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 (which is the illegal limit) or above.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus transmission has begun. WNV can cause serious, life-altering and even fatal disease, so it's worth it to take the time to prevent mosquito bites. Just one mosquito bite can transmit West Nile virus or other diseases.
One way to avoid mosquito bites is to put on insect repellent all the time; especially when you are planning to spent a lot of time outdoors or camping. Visit the link above to learn about other things you can do to prevent yourself and your family from getting the virus.
Physical Activity : “Energize Your Life”
Physical Activity is vital to good health and disease prevention. Physical activity is more than just "working out". Running, playing sports, jogging, dancing, walking, biking, planting a garden are all considered physical activities as well. Thus, physical activity can be fun too. Click on the link above to learn more about what fun activities you can do to Energize your life.
Are you thinking about finally quitting smoking? Do you know where to start or how to start? Need more information on the options available? There are so many ways one can quit smoking nowadays. They range from counseling to chewing gum or using patches. Not all methods work for everyone so trying to find the right method for yourself is important.
Click below to learn more about nonprescription options for those who want to stop smoking.
These days, a wealth of nutrition information is at your finger tips. From diet books to newspaper articles, everyone seems to have an opinion about what you should be eating. It’s no secret that good nutrition plays an essential role in maintaining health.
While you already know it is important to eat a healthy diet, you may find it more difficult to sort through all of the information about nutrition and food choices. Click on the link above to learn more about tips in actually developing habits to eat healthier.