Food Poisoning occurs when a person ingests something that contains harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. Sometimes bacteria produce a toxin that cause symptoms of the food borne illness. In our country there have been many reports over the years of different food borne illnesses; the most recent being the 2011 outbreak of Listeria in 23 states.


Guidance for Families Caring for a Child or Adult with Flu or Flu-Like Illness at Home

How Flu Spreads:
The main way Flu viruses spread is from person to person in respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes. The droplets from the infected person travel through the air and deposit on the mouth or nose of people nearby. The flu virus may also spread when a person touches respiratory droplets deposited on another person or object and then the person touches their own mouth, nose or eyes.


If you are over 80, there is a 50% chance that you have been affected by Shingles. This disease is caused by the dormant Chickenpox virus flaring up. While not usually fatal, it can cause blindness and severe, chronic pain. If you are over 60 and have had chickenpox, this vaccine is indicated for you.

As recently demonstrated by the “swine flu” which is a type of Influenza A, the flu virus is very good at mutating. Every year, the flu virus that appears during the winter months is different from the one that was here the previous year. Medical scientists usually go to Asia to see what type of virus is causing people to be ill and then make their “best guess” at a vaccine. This usually turns out to be very good. And, more often than not, the vaccine protects against the flu. Please make sure you get this vaccine yearly as over 30,000 people die from flu yearly in our country.