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All About the Flu
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This month's feature is by Dr. Jim Williams, MD from Total Primary Care
in Washington, DC

The arrival of autumn means it is time for an influenza vaccine. The best months to receive the flu shot are October or November. This provides the best protection for the peak flu season, which is December to April in our area. Because the flu virus mutates, or changes, each year it is important to get the vaccine every year. This is different than other vaccines.


The flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza. Every year, cases of the flu lead to hospitalizations, serious illness and death. Older individuals and younger children are at higher risk. The flu spreads from person to person in droplets made when we sneeze, cough or even talk. These droplets can infect someone up to 6 feet away, according to the CDC. We also can get the flu by touching a contaminated object or counter top then touching our own mouth or nose.

The most common symptoms of influenza are:

  • fever (often as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • cough
  • body aches
  • nasal congestion

Sore throat and fatigue are also common. The symptoms usually last 3-4 days then improve. However, serious complications such as pneumonia can follow.

If you suspect you have influenza, get to your doctor right away. The flu shot is very effective but sometimes it does not protect us from certain strains of the flu. There are medications which can be very effective at treating the flu. These are antiviral drugs in pill, liquid and powder form that fight against the flu in your body. It is important to start these medications as early in the course of illness as possible to give them a chance to work. Sometimes the flu virus is resistant to the effects of these medications, so getting the flu shot remains the best measure against influenza.

Study suggests:
Flu shot reduces risk of stroke

This year's flu vaccine expected to be a 'good match'
Longer Living Through Science

How long will I live? 

It’s a question people have been asking fortune-tellers for centuries, but science may soon replace the crystal ball. A University of Washington study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health has identified 238 genes that affect the aging process. While scientists have known for a while that genes influence the way the body ages, this new study attempts to remove the genes from a subject to see what might happen.

When scientists removed specified genes from yeast cells, their lifespan markedly increased, and they were able to replicate longer. What does this mean for creatures more complicated than yeast? The 238 genes that researchers have identified are all in the human genome. Now, scientists are looking into the implications of removing or treating genes to promote longevity and cellular resilience in people. They can also look for the recurrence of a gene in human subjects to help doctors determine potential lifespans of patients.

While we wait for science to predict our lifespans, Capital City Nurses encourages you to do your best to grow older positively, age-detecting genes or no. The best way to age positively, no matter your physical fitness level, is to remain active. Often seniors isolate themselves as they age. They don’t see their friends as frequently, running errands becomes a chore, and getting out into the world becomes a hassle.

Isolation in seniors can cause feelings of depression and lead to mental atrophy. Capital City can help you fight isolation with their “Daughter/Son Down the Street” program. One of our trained staff visits seniors and helps them keep active in everyday life. We can help organize medications, go for a walk in the park, take seniors to a museum or to meet with friends—or we can just join seniors for a chat. It’s a great way to ensure your loved one is cared for and nurtured as they age.  
Scientists have been working on extending the aging process for years. At Capital City Nurses, we’re focused on improving the aging process.

Open Enrollment Time

Even if you loved your plan this year, it's time to shop for your Medicare Part D drug insurance program. Go to Medicare.gov and use the cost estimate tool to see which plan covers your medicines for the lowest premium.
We provide the best care available to clients and families with varying needs. Our team of nurses, nursing assistants, and care providers offers the following services:Care Assessment
  • ADL (Activities of daily living)
  • Elder Care
  • Post-Operative Care
  • Short & Sweet
  • Medication Management
  • “Daughter Down the Street/Son Stopping By” Companion Service
Any question, any time, no matter where you are in your journey, one of our experienced care coordinators is available to listen and provide answers.

We’re available 24/7
1-866-687-7307

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Service Area

Capital City Nurses serves the greater Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis areas including the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Delaware. We work with your schedule and come to you, wherever you are.

For more information, or to schedule a caregiver, call the Capital City
Nurses toll-free hotline at: 1-866-687-7307

Coastal Home Care Services (Eastern & Western shores)
1323 Mt. Herman Rd.,
Suite 5B
Salisbury, MD 21804

1-866-687-7307

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Office in Delaware
20771 Professional Park Boulevard
Georgetown, Delaware, 19947

302-752-1800
 


Office in Severna Park, MD (Annapolis)
2485 Ritchie Highway
Suite 206 A
Severna Park, MD 21146

410-344-7495

News From the Capital Gazette:

A company that provides nursing and assistance to seniors now has a Severna Park location.

Capital City Nurses now has an office at 485 Ritchie Highway, Suite 203. The company recently hired five new employees and plans to bring 90 to 120 new caregivers to serve this community. Having an office in Severna Park will help them sustain growth and accommodate new clients, officials said.

“Capital City Nurses provides in-home care to seniors who wish to age in place and this service is really an asset to our community,” Linda Zahn, CEO of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce said in a statement. 

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