Commentary: Seniors still need pneumococcal disease vaccine
Pneumococcal disease can lead to pneumonia, infection of the blood, middle-ear infection, sinus infection and even meningitis — potentially causing hearing loss, blindness, seizures and death. It infects about 1 million Americans annually. This week, a CDC committee will review the agency’s position on vaccination for this disease. The panel... Read more
CDC should stick with its stand on pneumococcal vaccine for seniors
Imagine a potentially deadly bacteria that infects about 1 million Americans every year. Vaccines exist to prevent it, but the CDC is potentially considering changing an important recommendation helping older people to get vaccinated against it. That bacteria is streptococcus pneumoniae. It causes pneumococcal disease, which is spread through coughs,... Read more
Poll: Many seniors in Savannah, U.S. plan to skip getting a flu shot
Just 70 percent of Savannah seniors plan to get a flu shot this season, according to a new survey. That percentage, though surprisingly low, is higher than in the rest of the country, as polled by Clover Health, a health insurer focusing on the Medicare market. Nationally, 63 percent... Read more
Feds report serious RN shortages at many Georgia nursing homes
An analysis of Medicare data shows that nearly half of Georgia nursing homes recently were found “below average’’ or “much below average’’ in their staffing levels of registered nurses. RNs are the highest-trained caregivers required to be on staff in a nursing home, and they supervise other nurses and... Read more
Three sisters do their part for Georgia’s longevity tradition
Springfield Baptist Church in Sparta recently played host to a celebration for three local sisters — Tennie S. Henderson, 103, Lillie S. Lewis, 100, and Julia S. Williams, 98 — who have continued the state’s recent history of very old residents. Two Georgia supercentenarians (people who have lived to or... Read more

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