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Get Set for a Healthy Winter Season


While contagious viruses are active year-round, fall and winter are when we’re most vulnerable to them. This is due in large part to people spending more time indoors with others when the weather gets cold.

Most respiratory bugs come and go within a few days, with no lasting effects. However, some cause serious health problems. People who use tobacco or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more prone to respiratory illnesses and more severe complications than nonsmokers.

Colds usually cause stuffy or runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms include coughing, a scratchy throat, and watery eyes. There is no vaccine against colds, which come on gradually and often spread through contact with infected mucus.

Flu comes on suddenly and lasts longer than colds. Flu symptoms include fever, headache, chills, dry cough, body aches, fatigue, and general misery. Like colds, flu can cause a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and watery eyes. Young children may also experience nausea and vomiting with the flu. Flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. A person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it.

Flu season in the United States may begin as early as October and can last as late as May, and generally peaks between December and February. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • More than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized from flu-related complications each year, including 20,000 children younger than age 5.
  • Between 1976 and 2006, the estimated number of flu-related deaths every year ranged from about 3,000 to about 49,000.
  • In the 2013 – 2014 season, there were in the U.S. 35.4 million influenza-associated illnesses, 14.6 medically attended flu illnesses, and 314,000 flu hospitalizations.

 

  • Prevention Tips

Get vaccinated against flu.

With rare exceptions, everyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated against flu. Flu vaccination, available as a shot or a nasal spray, can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school, and prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.

It’s ideal to be vaccinated by October, although vaccination into January and beyond can still offer protection. Annual vaccination is needed because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may need to be updated, and because a person’s immune protection from the vaccine declines over time. Annual vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for developing serious complications from flu. These people include:

  • young children under 5 years, but especially those younger than 2.
  • pregnant women
  • people with certain chronic health conditions (like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease)
  • people age 65 years and older

Vaccination also is especially important for health care workers, and others who live with or care for people at high risk for serious flu-related complications. Since babies under 6 months of age are too young to get a flu vaccine, their mother should get a flu shot during her pregnancy to protect them throughout pregnancy and up to 6 months after birth. Additionally, all of the baby’s caregivers and close contacts should be vaccinated as well.

Wash your hands often. Teach children to do the same. Both colds and flu can be passed through contaminated surfaces, including the hands. FDA says that while soap and water are best for hand hygiene, alcohol-based hand rubs may also be used. However, dirt or blood on hands can render the hand rubs unable to kill bacteria.

Try to limit exposure to infected people. Keep infants away from crowds for the first few months of life.

Practice healthy habits.

  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Exercise.
  • Do your best to keep stress in check.

 

Already Sick?

Usually, colds have to run their course. Gargling with salt water may relieve a sore throat. And a cool-mist humidifier may help relieve stuffy noses.

Here are other steps to consider:

  • Call your health care professional. Start the treatment early.
  • Limit your exposure to other people. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay hydrated and rested. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated products which may dehydrate you.
  • Talk to your health care professional to find out what will work best for you.

In addition to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, there are FDA-approved prescription medications for treating flu. Cold and flu complications may include bacterial infections (e.g., bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, and pneumonia) that could require antibiotics.

Taking OTC Products

Read medicine labels carefully and follow the directions. People with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, should check with a health care professional or pharmacist before taking a new cough and cold medicine.

Choose OTC medicines appropriate for your symptoms. To unclog a stuffy nose, use nasal decongestants. Cough suppressants quiet coughs; expectorants loosen mucus; antihistamines help stop a runny nose and sneezing; and pain relievers can ease fever, headaches, and minor aches.

Check the medicine’s side effects. Medications can cause drowsiness and interact with food, alcohol, dietary supplements, and each other. It’s best to tell your health care professional and pharmacist about every medical product and supplement you are taking.

Check with a health care professional before giving medicine to children.

See a health care professional if you aren’t getting any better. With children, be alert for high fevers and for abnormal behavior such as unusual drowsiness, refusal to eat, crying a lot, holding the ears or stomach, and wheezing.

Signs of trouble for all people can include

  • a cough that disrupts sleep
  • a fever that won’t respond to treatment
  • increased shortness of breath
  • face pain caused by a sinus infection
  • high fever, chest pain, or a difference in the mucus you’re producing, after feeling better for a short time.

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

 

Veterans Day Free and or Discounted Food &Event Admission FOR Veterans around Puget Sound


These deals are for veterans and active -duty personnel~Seattle

Seattle restaurants free meals for Veterans!

Ivar’s honors those that have served our country by offering veterans a complimentary entrée on Veterans Day, November 11. Menus vary by location. More info: https://www.ivars.com/veterans

Kidd Valley a complimentary meal to veterans on Veterans Day, November 11. The mail consists of a regular cheeseburger, mini fries, and mini drink. More info: https://www.kiddvalley.com/veterans-day

Starbucks will donate 25 cents for every cup of brewed coffee sold nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11 to non-profits benefitting veterans: Team Rubicon and Team Red, White, and Blue. In addition, all veterans, active service members, and their spouses will receive a free cup of coffee at participating stores. More info: https://stories.starbucks.com/stories/2019/starbucks-reaffirms-its-commitment-to-veterans/

These national chain restaurant deals are for veterans and active-duty personnel on November 11 (unless otherwise stated). All require valid military ID or proof of service.

Applebee’s: (multiple locations) A free meal. Although the majority of Applebee’s restaurants participate, call your local franchise and ask about requirements.
BJ’s Restaurants: (Redmond, Tukwila, Tacoma, Puyallup) A complimentary entrée up to $14.95 plus a free beverage.
Golden Corral: (Marysville, Puyallup) Serves a complimentary dinner buffet to veterans and active-duty military men and women at locations nationwide on November 11 from 5pm – 9pm.
Little Caesar’s: Veterans and active military can get a FREE lunch combo from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on Veteran’s Day. Present ID or proof of service, but no coupon is necessary for this offer.
Menchies: (multiple locations) Veterans and servicemen and women receive their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt FREE on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. You must present a valid military ID or proof of service at the time of purchase.
Red Lobster: (Lynnwood, Silverdale, Federal Way, Tacoma) All active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount on purchases every Monday.
Red Robin: (multiple locations) Free Red’s Tavern Double burger and bottomless steak fries.
Weinerschnitzel: Get a FREE chili, small fries, and small Pepsi when you present your military ID or wear your military uniform on November 11.

Free admission (1/2 off for family) to Northwest Trek. November 9-11, 2019. 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. FREE admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family members will receive a half-off general admission. Please be sure to bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service with you. More info: https://www.nwtrek.org/event/veteransdays/

Free admission (1/2 off for family) to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. November 9-11, 2019. 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma is offering FREE admission to all individuals who are currently serving or have honorably served in the U.S. military. Immediate family members will receive a half-off general admission. To receive your discount, bring your active military/veteran identification card, discharge papers, DD214s, or any other proof of honorable US military service. More info: https://www.pdza.org/events/

Free admission (+ spouse) to Woodland Park Zoo. November 11, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM. Free admission to all active, veteran and retired U.S. military personnel and their spouses with valid service identification. In addition, up to four family members accompanying heroes with valid ID receive $5 off admission on Veterans Day. More info: https://www.zoo.org/events

FREE Admission for all Veterans and Military at the Museum of Flight. November 11, 2019. 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Celebration 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Film screenings, presentations and musical performances that honor the sacrifices of war veterans. Precisely 11:00 AM, a bell will be rung twenty-one times to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the end of the First World War. This will be followed immediately with a patriotic musical performance by the Boeing Employees Concert Band. At noon, the official ceremony begins and will feature a color guard, and a speaking party of local city and Museum officials, as well as keynote speaker Lt. Col. Ron Limes. More info: http://www.museumofflight.org/Plan-Your-Visit/Calendar-of-Events

FREE Admission for all Veterans and Military with up to five of their family members at Washington State History Museum. The museum features a presentation from 1:00-2:30PM on the history of women’s changing roles in the US Army presented by Col. Marisa Peloquin followed by an on-stage interview with Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer. This program is included with the cost of admission for non-military. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2407665002622305/

FREE Admission for all Veterans and Military to LeMay – America’s Car Museum. ACM recognizes the contributions of America’s armed service members and offers active duty, retirees, and veterans complimentary Museum admission on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11. Can’t visit the Museum on November 11? Military receive discounted admission and 10% off ACM membership daily. More info: https://www.americascarmuseum.org/

Deals are for mostly for veterans and active-duty personnel, except where indicated.    

Barrel Dogs apparel company in Enumclase specializes in clothing and accessories themed around French bulldogs. (Who knew? But, they are cute and deserving of their own apparel.) On Veterans Day weekend Barrel Dogs celebrates America’s VetDogs, a charity dedicated to helping veterans. Friday-Sunday anyone can use the code Give35VetDogs to donate 35% of your purchase to VetDogs.
Brown Bear Car Wash, in affiliation with Grace For Vets, as a way of saying “THANK YOU” to our military, offers a FREE Beary Clean car wash to all current or former members of the military on Veterans Day, November 11, from 8 AM to 6 PM at Tunnel locations. The offer operates on an honor system and no verification or documentation is required. Drivers should identify themselves as a current or former member of the military to the wash attendant upon arrival. Brown Bear Car Wash will also proudly donate $1 for each car washed on Veterans Day to support Puget Sound Honor Flight and its mission of transporting Western Washington war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.
CRISTA Camps in Poulsbo invites all current and former Armed Forces and their families for a day at camp! This event is free for those with military ID and includes a BBQ lunch (served 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) and all the camp activities you can imagine!
Great Clips: Get a hair cut and get a gift card for a FREE haircut to a veteran.
Sports Clips: (Seattle, Bellevue, Shoreline) participating locations will donate $1 from every haircut service to the Help a Hero Scholarship fund, as well as provide free haircuts for veterans.

Resource:   greaterseattleonthecheap.com

FDR had something to say about voting


votingFranklin D. Roosevelt once said

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Feminism …


by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
 The belief that women are and should be treated as potential intellectual equals and social equals to men. These people can be either male or female human beings, although the ideology is commonly (and perhaps falsely) associated mainly with women.The basic idea of Feminism revolves around the principle that just because human bodies are designed to perform certain procreative functions, biological elements need not dictate intellectual and social functions, capabilities, and rights.Feminism also, by its nature, embraces the belief that all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason–including equal civil rights–and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle. Feminists–and all persons interested in civil equality and intellectuality–are dedicated to fighting the ignorance that says people are controlled by and limited to their biology.
Feminism is the belief that all people are entitled to the same civil rights and liberties and can be intellectual equals regardless of gender. However, you should still hold the door for a feminist; this is known as respect or politeness and need have nothing whatever to do with gender discrimination.
by The Thinker-Writer January 31, 2010
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So, why did I go to urban dictionary for the definition of Feminism?

beaseedforchangestickersGREENI got my Cosmo in the mail and while the fashions are fun some gaudy others worthy of a second look or two most are out of my price and age range, but when I see hair and beauty products well now that is a whole different response entirely. As I was thumbing through one of many magazines, which is another bad habit, an article about feminism popped up and yes folks are questioning Beyoncé among others with headlines such as … “Can you be Sexy and a Feminist” or as Cosmo asks, “Can you be a Sexy Feminist? It was a quick read and in all honesty I don’t spend a whole lot of my time dissecting labels, but I will say that being a feminist used to be defined as a woman who didn’t appreciate men some said they despised them.  Women were advised to always question the gender roles of men & women, demand equal access to education, hard core feminist suggested being a companion, forget about being happily married least we acquiesce simply because we are women. I don’t subscribe to hating on men, I like men on several levels, that includes my dad, my kids father, my son and a couple of boss’ who happened to be male.

As a side note on a political level, currently Republican men are the bane of our(women) existence in my opinion.

  So, getting back to Feminism, when it comes to being an active participant in what seemingly is the opposite side of equality and justice for everyone.  I have to admit, I have danced to fabulous music that  had one or more negatives like sexual assault, misogynistic and chauvinistic words. It’s definitely not something I  ever used to think about while dancing, and as an adult i found it  upsetting when what was being said became clear; generally this kind of talk would get a whole different response if these words were being exchanged through a conversation. In this 21st Century we do hear more Women with edgy lyrics and come to find out that a story or two based out of reality have come to light …so, the choice to listen is up to you.

   However, it does appear that the word feminism and or being a feminist in this 21st society is ever changing ever evolving to being about a belief in equality and the rights of everyone in all its forms and genders. I see the urban dictionary as being a place not only run by a younger group of folks but who use it and research the “stuff” they post. I admit to not referring to the urban dictionary that much, but found the post in the process of searching what younger folks felt about the comments on who is or can be a feminist, it caught my eye.  As you read on, Cosmo asked stars like lady gaga, lana del rey and Taylor Swift just to name a few, but when Pharrell was asked he stated, “I don’t think it’s possible for me to be (a feminist). I’m a man, but I do support feminists.”

Anyway, an article worth reading in Cosmo September 2014 ~~ Nativegrl77

What do you think? Is being a feminist gender specific?

 

MLK jr. speech 5/17/1957 ~ Give Us the Ballot ~


“Give Us the Ballot, We Will Transform the South”

by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speech given before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington, May 17, 1957

Martin Luther King, Jr. Three years ago the Supreme Court of this nation rendered in simple, eloquent and unequivocal language a decision which will long be stenciled on the mental sheets of succeeding generations. For all men of good will, this May 17 decision came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of segregation. It came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of distinguished people throughout the world who had dared only to dream of freedom. It came as a legal and sociological deathblow to the old Plessy doctrine of “separate-but-equal.” It came as a reaffirmation of the good old American doctrine of freedom and equality for all people.

Unfortunately, this noble and sublime decision has not gone without opposition. This opposition has often risen to ominous proportions. Many states have risen up in open defiance. The legislative halls of the South ring loud with such words as “interposition” and “nullification.” Methods of defiance range from crippling economic reprisals to the tragic reign of violence and terror. All of these forces have conjoined to make for massive resistance.

But, even more, all types of conniving methods are still being used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters. The denial of this sacred right is a tragic betrayal of the highest mandates of our democratic traditions and its is democracy turned upside down.

So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind — it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen, observing the laws I have helped to enact — I can only submit to the edict of others.

So our most urgent request to the president of the United States and every member of Congress is to give us the right to vote. Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us the ballot and we will no longer plead to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law; we will by the power of our vote write the law on the statute books of the southern states and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence. Give us the ballot and we will transform the salient misdeeds of blood-thirsty mobs into calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of good will, and send to the sacred halls of Congressmen who will not sign a Southern Manifesto, because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice. Give us the ballot and we will place judges on the benches of the South who will “do justly and love mercy,” and we will place at the head of the southern states governors who have felt not only the tang of the human, but the glow of the divine. Give us the ballot and we will quietly and nonviolently, without rancor or bitterness, implement the Supreme Court’s decision of May 17, 1954.

<!–Read about recent allegations of voter disenfranchisement in Florida
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Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. and read more of his speeches and writings at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University.

Resources: pbs.org