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Depression is one amongst these. Doctors have observed that people who yield to misery during illnesses take a longer time to get better and may even build up complications. Instead of allowing the bodies to heal itself, these people make everything inferior by letting depression take over things. Studies have revealed that people who are unhappy after a heart attack are more probable to die in the 6 months following the event. Depressed populace needs more medicines and more healthcares. Loneliness is another gigantic problem. People who have no sympathetic ears to hear their troubles and no shoulders to cry on are enforced to cope with hardships and stress all alone. Support from relatives and friends make thing seem simple than they actually are. Whether we are talking about uninteresting house chores or bothersome co-workers, we all require someone willing to pay attention while we unload all the grief. It moves you to sympathy and proves that your troubles may not be that giant after all. Unluckily, we are also living in a worrying world. The daily life in cities is overflowing with bright lights, loud noises, rush hours, crowded subways or buses and a million other things that irritate us. Bills and expenses increase the stress, while going to a driven job that requires at least ten hours of work each day means that we don’t get much time to calm down. Living in a steady state of stress is bound to injure our health sooner or later, though many times we fall short to recognize the hazard until it’s too late. The most excellent thing is to exercise some restraint and a change of lifestyle. Drink less alcohol and coffee. Smoke less or leave this habit altogether. Take 30-minute walks in park instead of slouching on the sofa and watching TV. Buy some calming music and make a habit of your every day relaxation. Read a book once in a while or go to an art balcony if that’s the thing that can get your mind off employment and worries. Remember that there are gorgeous things in life and that you are not a machine moving from one task to another.]]]]> ]]>

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MS Health Department emphasizes importance of flu vaccines

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Seasonal influenza vaccinations are now available for children and qualifying adults at all Mississippi State Department of Health county health departments. Flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months old and older as the best protection against the flu.

“We recommend that all Mississippians get their flu shots every year, but especially this year with COVID-19. We don’t want to risk overwhelming our hospitals,” said MSDH State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers in a statement.

Byers said flu season can occur as early as November and as late as March in Mississippi, but usually peaks anywhere from December through February.

Individual flu cases are not reported to MSDH, but the agency monitors flu activity through the ILI System, made up of health care providers in Mississippi who report the percentage of patients with flu-like symptoms to a statewide database. Providers participating in the system also submit respiratory samples for flu testing to the MSDH lab. State health officials use this information to determine the presence and spread of flu throughout the state.

“We recommend getting vaccinated now before we reach peak flu activity. Influenza vaccine is especially important for young children, pregnant women, those over 65 and those with underlying health problems,” Byers said. “Flu vaccination is the best way to protect both children and adults from serious complications such as hospitalization, and in many cases, death.”

Those 18 and under who are eligible for the Vaccines for Children program can receive a flu vaccination for $10. Insurance, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program is accepted for children’s flu shots. A list of all VFC providers can be found at www.HealthyMS.com/vfc.

Adults who are underinsured or uninsured and who meet certain high-risk criteria qualify for an adult flu vaccination at MSDH county health department clinics. Flu shots for insured adults are now widely available through private physicians, pharmacies and retail centers.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle and body aches and fatigue. Most people recover from the flu without complications, but nationwide there are up to 200,000 hospitalizations from flu each year.

While vaccination is the best protection, basic infection control measures can also reduce the spread of flu and should be taken whether individuals are vaccinated or not. These measures include covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, staying at home when you or your children are sick and washing your hands frequently. Wearing a face covering in public places offers additional protection against the flu.

Please call your local county health department to make an appointment for your vaccination.

For Vicksburg and Warren County residents, the Warren County Health Department is located at 807 Monroe St. in Vicksburg, and it is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 601-636-4356 for more information.

To locate other county health department clinics or for more information on flu, visit the MSDH website.

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American Lung Association invites Mississippi to join the Vape-Free School Initiative

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Tuesday, the American Lung Association announced the new Vape-Free School Initiative, a comprehensive program to help school administrators and educators address the surge of youth vaping across Mississippi.

“In Mississippi, 21.4% of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019. Vaping harms developing lungs and overall health and may place people at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We must do more to protect our youth from a lifetime of addiction to deadly tobacco products,” said Rochelle Thompson, senior manager of health promotions for the Lung Association. “Through our Vape-Free Schools Initiative, the Lung Association is helping schools navigate this public health emergency with tools to protect and support both schools and students.”

The Mississippi Vape-Free Schools Initiative includes a comprehensive toolkit of resources, trainings and guidance for schools, including:

  1. INDEPTH: The Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health is a four-session program facilitated in either a one-on-one or group setting for students who violate school tobacco policies. Instead of focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction.
  2. Not On Tobacco (N-O-T): N-O-T is a tobacco cessation program designed with teenagers in mind. It takes a holistic approach with each session using different interactive learning strategies based on Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change. This encourages a voluntary change for youth ages 14 to 19.
  3. Vape-Free School Policy Assessment: Through this brief school policy assessment, educators can see how their school can improve their policies to provide students, employees and visitors with clear guidance.

The INDEPTH and NOT facilitator trainings are done virtually, and the programs for students can be held either in-person or virtually through an online meeting platform.

School administrators and educators interested in getting involved in the Vape-Free Schools Initiative can contact Rochelle Thompson at [email protected].

For more information about the Lung Association’s work to end youth vaping, visit TalkAboutVaping.org.

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Officials urge Mississippians to get a flu shot

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Officials are urging Mississippians to get a flu vaccine to help minimize the effect of the flu during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I plan on getting the flu vaccine,” Gov. Tate Reeves said during his live news conference Wednesday, adding that he will also get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is ready.

“I hope you will consider getting the flu vaccine as well,” he said.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs reiterated the governor’s words.

“It’s so very important,” Dobbs said.

“It’s going to be doubly challenging with the coronavirus pandemic because we do know people can get viruses simultaneously,” he added, “so you can get them both at the same time,” making the illnesses worse.

Dobbs said he anticipates a COVID-19 vaccine to begin becoming available in the first part of 2021, rolling out first to health care workers and first responders. It may be several months after a vaccine is approved before the general public has access to it, he said.

County health departments provide flu shots to all children and to qualifying adults who lack insurance coverage. The Warren County Health Department is located at 807 Monroe St., open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Flu shots are also widely available at pharmacies and retail centers. Find one near you by entering your ZIP code in the Flu Shot Locator.

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