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Educational References

SAFETY TIPS FOR PEDESTRIANS

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Adults age 65-plus account for one in five pedestrian deaths and sustain more severe injuries in nonfatal accidents. Many factors increase the risk for older pedestrians. They may not see or hear as well, think as clearly or move as quickly as they once did. Other factors may include aggressive drivers, poor infrastructure and misguided safety measures, such as crosswalk signals that change too quickly for people to complete their crossing. Read More

PERSONAL SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

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The NYPD wants to remind you to follow these simple tips

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Criminals often target people who are distracted.
  • Whether driving, walking or taking public transportation, plan the trip in advance. Know how to get to your destination by the most direct and safest route.
  • If possible, stay in designated waiting areas or in view of the station booth clerk while awaiting your train. Never walk or stand near the edge of the subway platform.
  • Travel on populated, well lit streets. If possible, travel with a friend.
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WINTER SAFETY TIPS

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During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for everyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses - especially for seniors. Here is some helpful advice for preventing common winter dangers that the elderly and disabled population faces. Read More

 

FLU SHOT: YOUR BEST BET FOR AVOIDING INFLUENZA

 

Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children and to older adults. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza. Here are the answers to common questions about flu shots:

Why do I need to get vaccinated every year? New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. Because flu viruses evolve so quickly, last year's vaccine may not protect you from this year's viruses.

After vaccination, your immune system produces antibodies that will protect you from the vaccine viruses. In general, though, antibody levels start to decline over time — another reason to get a flu shot every year.

It takes up to two weeks to build immunity after a flu shot, but you can benefit from the vaccine even if you don't get it until after flu season starts. Read More

 

TIPS ON MANAGING WINTER ASTHMA

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For many people, asthma attacks may happen more often in the winter. There are two challenges for people with asthma in the winter. One is that they spend more time inside. The other is that it’s cold outside. While you’re indoors, you breathe in asthma triggers such as mold, pet dander, dust mites, and even fires in the fireplace. When you venture out, you could have an asthma attack from inhaling the cold air.

Here’s how to breathe easier during the cold months. Read More