Buncombe County has an outbreak of Pertsussis aka whooping cough per Buncombe County Health Department

Increase in Whooping Cough in WNC:
3 Steps that provide a “Shield of Protection”

Recently, there has been an increase in the number of persons sick with pertussis (whooping cough) in Western N.C., including Buncombe County and some surrounding counties. Buncombe County currently has 19 cases of pertussis.

Pertussis is an infection that affects the upper airways and is easily spread from person-to-person by coughing or sneezing. Anyone can get pertussis but it is especially dangerous and can even be deadly for babies. About 50% of all infants younger than one year of age who get pertussis are hospitalized. Most people who die from whooping cough are infants that are too young to be fully immunized.

At first, symptoms are typically like those of the common cold, including:
· Runny nose;
· Low-grade fever; and
· Mild, occasional cough.
· Infants may have a pause in their breathing, known as apnea.

After one to two weeks, symptoms can worsen to include:
· Severe coughing fits or spells, followed by a high-pitched “whoop” sound when a breath is taken;
· Vomiting (throwing-up) after coughing fits, especially in young children; and
· Exhaustion (feeling very tired) after coughing fits.
· The illness can be less severe and the typical “whoop” can be absent in teens and adults, especially those who have been immunized against pertussis.

Three simple steps can provide a shield of protection for individuals and their loved ones against pertussis and other deadly preventable diseases.

Step 1: Get Immunized
The best way to prevent pertussis is to get immunized. DTaP is the immunization given to infants and children starting at 2 months of age. Because young children are not adequately protected against pertussis until they have received at least three doses of DTaP, it is also especially important that family members, caregivers of infants, and members in our community are immunized against pertussis. Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations, Buncombe County Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Mullendore strongly recommends a one-time Tdap booster for preteens, teens and adults. It is also recommended that all women receive a Tdap booster in the third trimester of each pregnancy, regardless of whether they were already immunized.

By staying up-to-date on immunizations, individuals provide a shield of protection not only for themselves and their loved ones but also to vulnerable populations like infants and small children, those with pre-existing health conditions, and the elderly by reducing the likelihood of spreading preventable communicable diseases like pertussis.

Step 2: Practice Good Health Habits
Practicing good health habits, like frequent handwashing or using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, can help prevent the spread of pertussis and other illnesses.

Step 3: Sick? See your Health Care Provider
Early diagnosis and treatment of pertussis is very important to prevent spread of the infection. Anyone with symptoms of pertussis should stay home from school, work or other group activities and make an appointment with their doctor. Contact your health care provider if you or your child has symptoms of pertussis. Sometimes antibiotics are given to people who have been exposed to pertussis even if they don’t have symptoms. This is done to protect babies and other vulnerable people from pertussis.

Individuals should contact their health care provider, pharmacy or local health department to get up-to-date on Tdap and other immunizations to protect themselves and their families. Visit http://www.buncombecounty.org/immunize for more information and watch and share our Pertussis PSA below.

Positively Living today, who is this Celebrity? Can you guess?

On today’s Laugh Out Loud, we have funny “Whose line is it” clip to focus on a female celebrity. Can you guess who she is?

One clue to help you:
Her quote ”
Pour yourself a drink,
Put on your lipstick and Pull yourself together”
Even if you know who she is, don’t miss her hilarious clip! At 9:45 on WSVM VRadio 1490 Morganton/Hickory/Valdese, 3:45 on WZGM 1350 Independent Asheville Radio Asheville/Black Mountain and 3:45pm on the Positively Living channel on Your tunein app! Have fun!

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Remember when your word and a handshake meant something

Remember when your word and a handshake meant something

Do you remember when you always tried your best to keep your word? Now it seems that many will say it doesn’t matter.
A lawyer will say “Must be in writing” Your boss may say ” I’ll believe it when I see it” Your client may try to take what they can get for free”
But I still think most people try to do right. When someone tells me, they will do this or that, I believe them. If I shake hands with someone or they give me their word, I trust them. I try my best to be honest and keep my word, why should I doubt others?
I am not saying to stop having signed contracts so your lawyer doesn’t have a heart attack. That is legal business stuff. You have to do it. What I am saying is let’s stop letting the “bad” “untruthful” and “liars” turn our perspective into “doubting Thomases”
As the saying goes “What you put out there, comes back to you”
Today I will trust everyone! I will not let the negative people make me negative! Let the good guys win!
What do you think?

Let’s celebrate the awesomeness of the new Mrs. George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin

Let’s celebrate the awesomeness of the new Mrs. George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin
Positively Living, Positively Women radio show
Written by Leslie Godbold

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Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney emerge to public after ceremony and party . courtesy of Just Jared

 

Ladies , we have another woman whom we should celebrate for being a beautiful woman in her own right.
The new wife of George. Clooney, Amal Alamuddins is beautiful and charming but let’s not dim the light on the other facets of Amal. Her heart, intelligence and drive round out this remarkable young woman.
Yes she has married George Clooney so now let’s also add a “happily married wife” to her personal life resume.

Amal was born February 3, 1978 in Beirut Lebanon to Ramzi and Baria Alamuddin. She has 3 brothers and sisters. Amal is an accomplished international lawyer with a BA/LLB from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University and a Masters of Law degree from New York University of Law. Besides currently filling the position of barrister in London, representing clients in cases before the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights she also serves on a variety of United Nations commissions.

Amal is also a scholar, she co-edited the book The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice. In addition, Alamuddin has served as a guest lecturer on international criminal law in London, New York, the Hague Academy of International Law and The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Amal Alamuddin- wife, lawyer, activist, scholar, advisor, daughter, sister, the list continues growing for this amazing woman.
Remember, Celebrating the wonderfulness of another woman does not speak less of any other woman. In fact in celebrating the happiness and accomplishments of another woman brings a light to our heart and the wonderful celebration of all women.

More info on Amal:
http://nypost.com/2014/04/28/meet-amal-alamuddin-the-future-mrs-clooney/
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/28/meet-amal-alamuddin-george-clooney-s-wife.html

 

sources:

Forbes. “International Lawyer and Scholar Amal Alamuddin engaged to George Clooney” 4/27/2014

JustJared.Com, George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin: First Post-Wedding Photos 9/28/2014