Flu News 

After America returned to work, reported cases of H1N1 flu increased the week after Christmas. President Obama issued a proclamation asking all Americans who have not already done so to get vaccinated against the flu. The fears over adverse side effects of the H1N1 vaccine have not materialized.

With an estimated 136 million doses available, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging even seniors to get the vaccine. Because of their lifelong exposure to more flu strains, seniors were believed less likely to catch H1N1 and many seniors postponed immunizations when supplies were scarce.

How can you tell if it is a cold or the flu? Cold symp- toms include runny nose, sinus aches and headaches. With the flu, you are also likely to experience body aches, a sore throat and possibly diarrhea and vomiting. Don’t wait to check with your physician, call at your first symptom.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week

The American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation will celebrate Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week, March 14-21, 2010. Their theme is “Every Breath Brings Success.” Check with your program directors for activities at your local hospitals and enjoy!

ED Medication, Cialis, Dilates Lung Vessels Too!

We’ve heard this from members for years, but it was recently publicized in an Orlando, Florida, newspaper, that a young preschool teacher has found help for her pulmonary hypertension – by taking erectile dysfunction medication. Cialis, a drug that opens the blood vessels in the penis, also dilates the blood vessels in the lungs. We bet she keeps the pharmacy staff on their toes!