National Immunization Awareness Month is recognized throughout the month of August to highlight the importance and safety of vaccinations for people of all ages. Vaccines have the power to protect children, adolescents and adults from illnesses and potentially harmful diseases. By getting vaccinated, you are also eliminating diseases before they have the chance to spread. Currently, COVID-19 cases are rising in states with low vaccination rates, proving that getting vaccinated will protect our communities from potential health risks.
People with chronic medical conditions need to be extra cautious during the hot days of summer -- even when engaging in normal activities. Some medical issues can become major problems in the summer sun and heat. Sometimes just doing an errand or taking a leisurely walk can become risky and dangerous for those with a chronic medical condition.
COVID hospitalizations are once again rising! The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus that was first identified in India is now responsible for about 58% of all COVID-19 cases in the US. Updated data from the CDC shows that the Delta Variant is responsible for 57.6% of all new COVID-19 cases nationwide from June 20 through July 3.
July is Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the estimated 3,610 new cases of bone and joint cancer to be diagnosed in 2021, according to the American Cancer Society. The most common bone cancer for adults is chondrosarcoma, while osteosarcoma and Ewing tumors are more common in children and teens.
More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. By 2025, the number of people living with this disease is projected to rise to nearly 13 million, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, there are ways to reduce the risks of developing this disease.
New York State announced that most restrictions on businesses and social gatherings are now lifted. This decision was made as New York reached a milestone, more than 70 percent of adults in the state have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This announcement, right at the start of the summer season, leaves everyone wondering: when and where do I need to continue taking COVID-19 safety precautions, especially if vaccinated?
We’re proud of our ACCESS Nursing team, many of whom represent many different cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints. And we are standing in solidarity this month to celebrate Pride Month and our LGBTQ team members. ACCESS Nursing’s 36-year record of success and growth was built by a diverse employee team and a culture of acceptance and inclusion throughout our company. This compassionate, respectful culture of ours is one that we extend to all of our patients and clients, many who are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Millions of people ages 65 and older fall each year, and one out of five falls cause serious harm, including broken bones or a head injury. Falls result in over 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year and is the leading cause of fatal injuries in older people. At least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling sideways.
It’s a fact! There are more jobs available in nursing than any other profession. More than 100,000 new RN, nursing aides and caregiver jobs are being added per year. And more than 500,000 RNs are predicted to retire by 2022. The bottom line… there will be a need for 1.1 million new nurses, as projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, for expansion and the replacement of retirees, and to avoid a nursing shortage.
There has been an increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the start of the pandemic. Experts report that although some of these deaths can be attributed to COVID-19, most are due to an increase in social isolation.