NATIONAL HEALTH OBSERVANCES: HIV/AIDS AWARENESS and INFLUENZA VACCINE..



HIV/AIDS: EXTRA! EXTRA! No longer a death sentence. Treatment for HIV has come along way. It is not only a livable condition, it's also preventable. There is still no cure, but newer antiretroviral drugs have made HIV a survivable condition treatable with a single daily pill for many people. Preventative medicine is also available for those at risk of contracting HIV. Achieving and maintaining viral suppression can help decrease HIV associated complications, prevent development of drug resistance and prevent transmission. Medications need to be taken every day as prescribed to achieve virologic suppression. Although survival doesn't eliminate the stigma that continues to prevail behind having HIV/AIDS. Education continues to be needed. The National Plan is to reduce new HIV infections in the next 10 years through testing and treating infected person' immediately to prevent the spread of HIV. Remember HIV/AIDS is tasteless, odorless, colorless, and can't be seen with the naked eye. Be vigilant, know your status and educate yourself and others!!


Influenza Vaccine: Seasonal Influenza activity in the United States remains low, but in recent weeks the number of influenza virus detections reported has increased. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against the flu and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. Influenza and Covid-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are different. Because they are both respiratory illnesses, the difference between them can't be determined by symptoms, testing is required. There is a vaccine for both and CDC recommends vaccination and many employer' currently mandate vaccination. According to CDC the flu vaccine reduces the odds of getting the flu by 70%. The vaccine is most effective in healthy adults. Vaccines teaches our body how to identify a virus and how to defend against it. The effectiveness of a vaccine depends on how vigorously/how fast the immune system responds to it. If the immune system is weak or compromised the vaccine may not work as well. Remember getting a vaccine doesn't guarantee that you will not get the Flu or Covid-19, the school of thought is that your symptoms will be milder.


A CURE FOR MANY DISEASES REMAIN FUTURE ORIENTED.

THE QUESTION: IS IT BECAUSE THERE IS MONEY IN DISEASE OR THE CURE?


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