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FLU SEASON IS UPON US, AND THE FLU VACCINE IS NOW AVAILABLE.

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Each year from October through May, flu viruses are more prevalent throughout the U.S., and Americans face being affected by this serious disease. Influenza may lead to hospitalization or even death, with over 80% of deaths occurring in the over 65 population.

To protect yourself and your loved ones from getting the flu and spreading it to others, it’s time to get that annual flu shot. During this flu season, the Center for Disease Control recommends the injectable vaccine rather than the nasal spray variety.

The flu vaccine, recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, takes about two weeks to become fully effective. It increases the antibodies that protect against the viruses that are contained within the vaccine. In this 2016-2017 flu season, the traditional “trivalent” vaccine protects against the more dominant and severe A strains—A H1N1, A H3N2—as well as one B virus that is less common and less severe. Several other vaccines that contain a fourth strain are available for certain individuals, and your physician or pharmacist can answer questions about which vaccine is right for you.

What about side effects? The flu vaccine does not cause the flu, but there may be some mild side effects, such as soreness, headache, and fever. Any severe reactions, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or facial swelling should get immediate medical attention. For further information or questions, contact your healthcare professional.

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT THE FLU

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a bioactive hormone that serves as one of the most important hormones in the body to stimulate the immune system. This vitamin is very important throughout the year in combating disease and illness, and it is especially important during flu season. Over 90% of the U.S. population has Vitamin D levels that are below the accepted normal range of 20-50 ng per ml, and this is referred to this as the Vitamin D “epidemic.”

Ideal levels of Vitamin D are higher at 60-80 ng per ml. At RevitaLife Vitality Center of Sarasota (SIR’s partner practice), we can check your Vitamin D level with a simple blood test and, if low, give you a series of three intramuscular injections to bring you to peak level in about two weeks. Then you will start a Vitamin D oral supplementation program with a proprietary formula customized for you. This program includes vitamins that are necessary for proper absorption and function of Vitamin D (because if you are taking Vitamin D alone, you are not taking it correctly).

For further information about Vitamin D testing and supplementation, contact RevitaLife at 941-377-4555 or check out their website http://www.revitalife.net/nutritional-testing.html

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

For more information about prostate cancer and the newest technology for diagnosis—the multi-parametric MRI—call Sarasota Interventional Radiology at 941-378-3231.

In the U.S., prostate cancer is second to skin cancer as the most common cancer in men and second to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in men. While men of any age can get prostate cancer, it generally develops in older men. Prostate cancer is rare in men under age 40, the risk increases after age 50, and 66 is the average age at time of diagnosis. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that in 2016 there will be about 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer and 26,120 deaths from prostate cancer.

Screening for Prostate Cancer. Men should discuss prostate cancer screening with their physicians to determine if screening is appropriate for them. ACS guidelines recommend having this discussion at age 50 for men who are at average risk, age 45 for men who are at higher-than-average risk, and age 40 for men who are at high risk. Most prostate cancers grow slowly, so your physician will take into account your level of risk, life expectancy, and overall health in the discussion of whether or not screening is recommended for you.

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