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Influenza and Vaccination Disparities in the U.S.

For the first time in thirteen years, the CDC lists the flu to be ‘widespread’ in all parts of the continental U.S. Since flu season officially began, there have been approximately 60,000 confirmed cases of the flu and the hospitalization rate for influenza has reached 22.7 people/ 100,000 U.S. residents. Here is Massachusetts, reported cases of flu-like illnesses are much higher than last season and are continuing to rise, according to the MA Department of Public Health weekly flu report. The reason for the severity of this flu season comes from this year’s prominent strain being abnormally strong, as well as the persistent problem of low vaccination rates among Americans. This year, influenza A (specifically H3N2) has been the most rampant flu strain. In past years when H3 strains have been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Disparities, Influenza, Older Adults

The health needs of caregivers and recipients

The health needs of caregivers and recipients

The U.S. is expected to experience a growing demand for caregivers, who include home health aides, personal care attendants, and family members, to support older people and people with disabilities. The number of individuals over age sixty-five, many of whom will need care at some point in their lives, is expected to grow from 15% of the U.S. population in 2014 to 22% in 2060. As the older population copes with the cost of care, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Mental Health, Older Adults, Racism