Oasis is celebrating National Immunization Awareness Month!
Here are 5 facts that you need to know:
1: Immunization through vaccination is the safest way to protect against disease.
Whatever you might read or hear, vaccines produce an immune response similar to that produced
by the natural infection, but without the serious risks of death or disability connected with natural
2: It's always best to get vaccinated even when you think the risk of infection is low
Deadly diseases that seem to have been all but eradicated have a nasty habit of making a come-
back when immunization rates drop – as we see with the recent measles outbreaks across Europe.
Only by making sure everyone gets their jabs can we keep the lid permanently on vaccine-
preventable diseases. We should not rely on people around us to stop the spread of disease – we
all have a responsibility to do what we can.
Fact 3: Combined vaccines are safe and beneficial.
Giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on a child’s immune system. It
reduces discomfort for the child, and saves time and money. Children are exposed to more
antigens from a common cold than they are from vaccines.
Fact 4: There is no link between vaccines and autism.
There is no scientific evidence to link the MMR vaccine with autism or autistic disorders. This
unfortunate rumour started with a single 1998 study which was quickly found to be seriously
flawed, and was retracted by the journal that published it.
Fact 5: If we stop vaccination, deadly diseases will return.
Even with better hygiene, sanitation and access to safe water, infections still spread. When
people are not vaccinated, infectious diseases that have become uncommon can quickly come
back to haunt us.
When people have questions about vaccines they should ask their health providers and check
accurate websites for information. Vaccine Safety Net, a global network of vaccine safety
websites certified by WHO, provides easy access to accurate and trustworthy information on
vaccines. The network has 47 member websites in 12 languages, and reaches more than 173
million people every month with credible information on vaccine safety, helping to counter
As we approach World Hepatitis Day this July 28th, it is important that we take a moment and get the facts out about it. Hepatitis is a liver inflammation caused by one of the five liver inflammation viruses including A, B, C, D, and E.
Your liver is located in the right upper abdomen of your body and performs the following functions:
The 5 types
- Curable with vaccine
- Doesn't require treatment because it is a short-term illness
- Curable with vaccine
- Doesn't require treatment
- CDC requires all newborns to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B
- According to the CDC, 2.4 million are currently living with chronic Hep C in the US
- Currently no vaccine available
- Currently preventable with Hep B vaccine
- Acute so infection usually resolves on its own
How to Prevent Hepatitis
A & E
B, C, & D
Complications of Hepatitis
As Independence Day is nearing, I'm sure you have exciting plans to enjoy time in the sun with family, cool off with some fresh watermelon, and watch the night-sky light up before your very eyes! Well, that all sounds so exciting until the unexpected happens----dehydration :(
Disclaimer: Dehydration is Preventable !
According to Alzheimer's Association
Know the Signs:
Help is available!
During National Safety Month Oasis Home Health is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
There are multiple ways to help keep our Elderly safe in the homes.
Have trouble sleeping? You may want to avoid these foods before bedtime
by Nissa Simon, AARP|
Steer clear of celery just before bed. Celery and other foods with a high water content (cucumbers, watermelon, radishes and such) are natural diuretics that may cause you to wake in the middle of the night with a full bladder.
Countdown to bedtime: 90 minutes
Tangy and tart, grapefruit is packed with nutrients and vitamins, but it’s also acidic. Eating grapefruit before bed can cause heartburn, notes endocrinologist Caroline Apovian, director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management at Boston Medical Center.
Countdown to bedtime: Enjoy it at breakfast
Note: Grapefruit can interact with some medications. Check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Tomatoes are rich in tyramine, an amino acid that triggers the brain to release norepinephrine, a stimulant that boosts brain activity and delays sleep. Other tyramine-rich foods include eggplant, soy sauce, red wine and aged cheeses, such as brie and Stilton.
Countdown to bedtime: Not after dinner
Foods high in fat and fried foods take longer to digest and can cause discomfort that interferes with sleep. They can also reduce the effectiveness of some medications taken at night, says Alon Avidan, a neurologist and director of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine Sleep Disorders Center.
Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours
Although a nightcap or a glass of wine before bed may help you doze off, it disrupts sleep later in the night and robs you of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep harms concentration, memory and motor skills.
Countdown to bedtime: 2 to 4 hours
This dish could be a disaster if you eat it close to bedtime. The body has a hard time digesting beans, so stomach-rumbling gas pains will keep you from a good night's sleep, says Helen Rasmussen, a research nutritionist at Tufts University.
Countdown to bedtime: Have it for lunch
A small piece of dark chocolate each day helps keep your heart healthy — but don't nibble it right before you go to bed. Dark chocolate (though not white chocolate), hot cocoa and tea all contain caffeine, and if you're caffeine-sensitive, you may find yourself staring at the ceiling instead of snoozing.
Countdown to bedtime: 4 to 6 hours
A handful of gumdrops (or any candy) may cause your blood sugar levels to spike and then fall rapidly as the body releases insulin to bring them under control. You may fall asleep easily, but these fluctuations make it difficult to stay asleep.
Countdown to bedtime: 2 to 3 hours
A taco liberally sprinkled with hot sauce may set your taste buds tingling, but eating it within a few hours of lights-out can set you up for a bad case of heartburn and a restless night. Ditto for other spicy foods.
Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours
Save the leftover slice of steak for lunch tomorrow. Foods high in protein and marbled fats, such as steak and roast beef, are slow to digest. If your body is busy digesting food, there's more of a chance that you'll have a restless night.
Countdown to bedtime: 3 hours
April is stress awareness month! Let Oasis Home Health help you manage some of your stress...Here is 10 ways to relief stress!
You know that exercise and a good diet can keep your heart healthy. But what else can you do to keep your ticker going strong? Here are five key things you need to do every day to help your heart work most efficiently. Incorporate these habits into your lifestyle and your heart health will be the best it can be for you.
1. Eat healthy fats, NOT trans fats
We need fats in our diet, including saturated and polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats. One fat we don’t need is trans fat, which is known to increase your risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke over a lifetime. This is because trans fat clogs your arteries by raising your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and lowering your good cholesterol levels (HDL). By cutting them from your diet, you improve the blood flow throughout your body. So, what are trans fats? They are industry-produced fats often used in packaged baked goods, snack foods, margarine's and fried fast foods to add flavor and texture.
Tip: Read the labels on all foods. Trans fat appears on the ingredients list as partially hydrogenated oils. Look for 0 percent trans fat. Make it a point to avoid eating foods with trans fat.
2. Practice good dental hygiene, especially flossing your teeth daily
Dental health is a good indication of overall health, including your heart, because those who have periodontal (gum) disease often have the same risk factors for heart disease. Studies continue on this issue, but many have shown that bacteria in the mouth involved in the development of gum disease can move into the bloodstream and cause an elevation in C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation in the blood vessels. These changes may in turn, increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Tip: Floss and brush your teeth daily to ward off gum disease. It’s more than cavities you may have to deal with if you are fighting gum disease.
3. Get enough sleep
Sleep is an essential part of keeping your heart healthy. If you don’t sleep enough, you may be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease no matter your age or other health habits. One study looking at 3,000 adults over the age of 45 found that those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as people who slept six to eight hours per night. Researchers believe sleeping too little causes disruptions in underlying health conditions and biological processes, including blood pressure and inflammation.
Tip: Make sleep a priority. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep most nights. If you have sleep apnea, you should be treated as this condition is linked to heart disease and arrhythmias.
4. Don’t sit for too long at one time
In recent years, research has suggested that staying seated for long periods of time is bad for your health no matter how much exercise you do. This is bad news for the many people who sit at sedentary jobs all day. When looking at the combined results of several observational studies that included nearly 800,000 people, researchers found that in those who sat the most, there was an associated 147 percent increase in cardiovascular events and a 90 percent increase in death caused by these events. In addition, sitting for long periods of time (especially when traveling) increases your risk of deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot).
Tip: Exerts say it’s important to move throughout the day. Park farther away from the office, take a few shorter walks throughout the day and/or use a standing work station so you can move up and down. And remember to exercise on most days.
5. Avoid secondhand smoke like the plague
Studies show that the risk of developing heart disease is about 25 to 30 percent higher for people who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work. According to the American Heart Association, exposure to tobacco smoke contributes to about 34,000 premature heart disease deaths and 7,300 lung cancer deaths each year. And nonsmokers who have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol have an even greater risk of developing heart disease when they’re exposed to secondhand smoke. This is because the chemicals emitted from cigarette smoke promote the development of plaque buildup in the arteries.
Tip: Be firm with smokers that you do not want to be around environmental smoke—and keep children away from secondhand smoke.
Follow these five tips and you’ll be doing your heart a favor. You’ll feel better and be able to stay active with a heart-healthy lifestyle.