After Hearing Allison’s Harrowing Story with Influenza, I Got My Flu Shot
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by Lindsay Clarke
6M ago
We are in the middle of flu season—but how much do you really know about this virus? Influenza—more commonly called “the flu”—is a virus that affects the nose, lungs, and throat, and spreads to others easily through droplets from coughing, sneezing, or talking. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. While most young and otherwise healthy people who get the flu will recover in a few days or a couple of weeks, they usually end up missing work and other meaningful activities, are ..read more
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New Videos Urge Older Adults to Get Vaccinated Against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
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by Katrin Werner-Perez
8M ago
Vaccines are critical in protecting the health of yourself and your community, and are our best line of defense against many infectious diseases. They help your body recognize and fight germs by protecting you each time you come into contact with someone who is sick. In an effort to encourage older adults to receive all of their vaccinations, the Alliance for Aging Research has created a series of films that feature adults sharing their experiences with vaccine-preventable diseases. The films cover diseases such as: Pneumonia, which causes over one million adults to be hospitalized each year ..read more
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Chairman’s Blog: As the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Ends, Our Vigilance with Vaccination Should Continue
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by Jim Scott
1y ago
James “Jim” G. Scott, chair of the Alliance for Aging Research Board of Directors. As I began to write this blog about the scheduled end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, my computer pinged with an instant message from a family friend, telling me that her septuagenarian brother had contracted COVID while on vacation with his wife. Their springtime cruise down the Danube, long delayed because of the pandemic, had finally begun earlier this month. But after the onset of uncomfortable symptoms, and a positive COVID test, he and his wife were sent ashore to Germany. The story thankfully ha ..read more
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While We Await an RSV Vaccine, Staying Current on Other Vaccinations is Our Best Shot to Staying Healthy
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by Lindsay Clarke
1y ago
Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly called RSV, is a respiratory virus that causes infection in the lungs and respiratory tract. Symptoms are usually mild and cold-like, but they can become severe and lead to complications like difficulty breathing, hospitalization, and death. Since RSV is common in kids under the age of two, there is a misconceived notion that it’s just a “little kids’ virus,” and therefore there isn’t a lot of education about RSV in adults. However, it’s quite common in older adults over the age of 65, and every year over 14,000 older Americans die from RSV. Despite how co ..read more
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Chairman’s Blog: Flu Season Could Be An Unfortunate Reality Check On Vaccine Fatigue  
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by Jim Scott
1y ago
Jim Scott, Chairman of the Alliance for Aging Research As I write this blog – focused on the importance of getting a flu shot this year, I have two specific groups of people in mind: those who have already gotten a flu shot and those who have not.  Yes, I’m aware that is everyone.   If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, I understand. After we have waited in line or made an appointment for as many as four COVID-19 shots this year and last, vaccine fatigue has set in for many Americans. In fact, the New York Times reports that only 15 million doses of the most recent bivalent COVID bo ..read more
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44. NFID Medical Director William Schaffner, MD Shares Vital Vaccine Info
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by Matthew Thompson
1y ago
Listen and subscribe to This is Growing Old, a podcast from the Alliance for Aging Research Show Notes The CDC has recommended COVID-19 boosters for many Americans and has also approved co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines. Though many Americans have received their COVID-19 boosters and their flu shots this Winter, there are many questions about co-administration and vaccine hesitancy remains. Here to answer some common questions about co-administration, dispel myths, and share tips to keep older adults protected against all vaccine-preventable diseases is National Foun ..read more
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How to Become a Vaccine Truth-Teller
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by Alliance for AgingResearch
1y ago
The evidence is clear—vaccines are our best shot at fighting COVID-19, flu, and other serious infectious diseases. Yet inaccurate and even false information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines can easily be found with a visit to social media or a quick Google search. We have to fight back with the truth, which is why at the Alliance for Aging Research, we are encouraging older adults to become vaccine truth-tellers. What is a vaccine truth-teller? A vaccine truth-teller is someone who is empowered with the information they need to combat misinformation and disinformation about vacc ..read more
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Promoting Vaccines Across the Generations
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by Alliance for AgingResearch
1y ago
By Janelle Germanos, Communications Manager at the Alliance for Aging Research Grandparents Day is observed each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. Each year, Generations United—a national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies—asks people to #DoSomethingGrand to mark the day. Recognizing the important role that grandparents play in promoting health in their families and communities, the Alliance for Aging Research held a webinar on September 13, “The Truth Ab ..read more
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This is Growing Old: How COVID-19 Has Impacted Minorities with Dr. Gary Puckrein
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by Alliance for Aging Research Team
1y ago
Listen and subscribe to This is Growing Old, a podcast from the Alliance for Aging Research Show Notes The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially devastating for people of color. Minority groups are more likely to get severely sick and die from COVID-19. Additionally, Black Americans are getting vaccinated at a slower rate than whites. Here to talk about these disparities and how we can work to overcome them is Gary Puckrein, President and CEO of the National Minority Quality Forum. Episode Transcript Sue Peschin: Hi everyone and welcome to This is Growing Old, a podcast from the Alliance for ..read more
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This is Growing Old: Fighting COVID-19 Vaccine Myths featuring Dr. Todd Wolynn
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by Alliance for Aging Research Team
1y ago
Listen and subscribe to This is Growing Old, a podcast from the Alliance for Aging Research Show Notes What can YOU do to fight against COVID-19 vaccine disinformation and misinformation on social media? Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin talks with Dr. Todd Wolynn about best practices for dispelling myths about vaccines. Todd Wolynn is a pediatrician and child advocate who is the Chief Executive Officer of Kids Plus Pediatrics, Executive Director of the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh, and co-founder of Shots Heard Round the World, which defends and protects Vaccine Advocates from la ..read more
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