— By Michelle Crouch Julia McLean, 70, knew it was time to get a second pneumonia vaccination. Her doctor had reminded her, but the holidays were coming, so she decided to put it off. That turned out to be a mistake. In early 2017, McLean came down with pneumonia. “It was horrible,” said McLean, who lives in Charlotte. “I was really, really sick for three weeks. I felt terrible, I had no energy, and it seemed like it took forever to …

— By Ann Hardie Twenty-three years ago, Cynthia Allen said, she contracted HIV from her then-husband. Soon after that, her mother, Margaret, became very sick with pneumonia. “At the time, I was suicidal,” Allen said. She was dealing with the double shock of the diagnosis and her marriage ending. Based on her experience, Allen asked doctors to run an HIV test on her mother. She said she believes it saved her mother’s life and gave her own life new purpose. “After …

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey in the USVI

— If you visited the AARP Virgin Islands booth at the Agricultural Fair in February, you were given information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the survey that is being done in the territory.  The BRFSS is a project within the VI Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program which is tasked with compiling health studies on various topics. The studies are completed using data received from Virgin Islands residents. The studies are very important to the territory …

— The flu can keep you in bed for days, and for the elderly, very young children and people with low immunity, it can be a killer. That’s why AARP is working with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and other agencies to hold daylong immunization fairs. The events offer free flu shots and shingles vaccinations for senior citizens, grandparents raising grandchildren, and others at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 80 percent and 90 percent …

— Hi blog readers! It’s Heather back with your weekly health care post.  The CDC has come out with a new report on hospital infections that serves as a good reminder to all of us about disease prevention.  Wash those hands people! You’re sick, so you go to the hospital to get better, right?  That should be the case, but new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 1 out of every 25 hospital patients got an …