Ensuring You Never Miss A Post From The Second Wind Foundation Fan Page

SW4pf Facebook Page

Facebook is always changing.  Some of these changes are good and some are not so good.  There is no doubt that Facebook is the leader of all social medias.  One of the drawbacks to Facebook is their news feed algorithms.   

This algorithm is what Facebook decides you should see in your news feed.  This is good because it means that you do not see every post from every of the Facebook fan pages you have liked over the years.  The drawback is that you may miss some of the posts from pages you really want to follow. 

There is a simple solution and I hope that you make this simple change to ensure that posts from the Second Wind Foundation appear in your notifications. 

First be sure to LIKE the Second Wind Foundation fan page.  https://www.facebook.com/SecondWind4PF

Second hover over the LIKE button and select ‘Get Notifications’.

Get notifications

That is it!  The next time that the Second Wind Foundation posts to Facebook you will get a notification, just like if someone had commented on your status. 

Notifications

After you get the notification you can help us spread our message by Liking the post and Sharing it to your Facebook friends.  By liking and sharing the post your friends who may not be fans of the Second Wind Foundation page will also see the post in their news feeds. 

If you like the Second Wind Foundation fan page then that means your are interested in helping those who suffer from Pulmonary Fibrosis and sharing will help us gain more support. 

If you are not on Facebook or do not want to add more notifications to your Facebook account, you can just subscribe to the Second Wind Blog. 

SubscribeGo to http://secondwindforpf.com/about/ and on the right side you will see a section that says ‘Subscribe to our Blog’.  Enter your email address and click subscribe.  Then you will get an email asking you to complete your subscription.  Follow the directions in the email and choose to get updates daily or as soon as a new post is published.    All of the emails include a shortlink at the bottom that you can share on any social media site. 

Thank you for being a fan, and helping us to spread the word. 

What You Need To Know About Seasonal Influenza

The Second Wind Foundation is not the only group helping to inform people about the dangers of living with Pulmonary Fibrosis.  The IPF Support Group sent out this article about Seasonal Influenza.  

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Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

 

Manufacturers have begun shipping vaccines for the 2013-2014 US flu season.  Between 135 million and 139 million doses of vaccine are being produced.  While some vaccine will be available in August, ample supplies should be available by September and October.  Everyone 6 months of age and older should get their yearly flu vaccine, ideally by October.

What is influenza (also called flu)?

Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.  It can cause mild to severe illness.  Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.  The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

The upcoming season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season.  This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

Signs and symptoms of flu

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How flu spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk.  These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby.  Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, eyes or possibly their nose. 

Period of contagiousness 

You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.  Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.  Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time.

How serious is the flu?

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe.  Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people  Flu is unpredictable and how severe it is can vary widely from one season to the next depending on many things, including:

  • what flu viruses are spreading
  • how much flu vaccine is available
  • when vaccine is available
  • how many people get vaccinated, and
  • how well the flu vaccine is matched to flu viruses that are causing illness.

Certain people are at greater risk for serious complications if they get the flu.  This includes older people, young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and persons who live in facilities like nursing homes.

Complications of flu

Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each season.

Flu vaccine options for the 2013-2014 flu season

Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available.  In addition, this season flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.

The trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus.  The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:

  • Standard dose trivalent shots that are manufactured using virus grown in eggs.  These are approved for people ages 6 months and older.  There are different brands of this type of vaccine, and each is approved for different ages.  However, there is a brand that is approved for children as young as 6 months old and up.
  • A standard dose trivalent shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 18 and older.
  • A standard dose trivalent shot that is egg-free, approved for people 18 through 49 years of age.
  • A high-dose trivalent shot, approved for people 65 and older.
  • A standard dose intradermal trivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot, approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
  • The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.  The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:
  • A standard dose quadrivalent shot
  • A standard dose quadrivalent flu vaccine, given as a nasal spray, approved for healthy* people 2 through 49 years of age

*”Healthy” indicates persons who do not have an underlying medical condition that predisposes them to influenza complications.

CDC does not recommend one flu vaccine over the other. The important thing is to get a flu vaccine every year.

When to get vaccinated against seasonal flu

Yearly flu vaccination should begin soon after flu vaccine is available, and ideally by October.  However, getting vaccinated even later can be protective, as long as flu viruses are circulating.  While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, most of the time influenza activity peaks in January or later.  Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.

Who Should Get Vaccinated This Season?

Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. This recommendation has been in place since February 24, 2010 when CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for “universal” flu vaccination in the United States to expand protection against the flu to more people.

While everyone should get a flu vaccine this season, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.

Those people include the following:

  • People who are at high risk of developing serious complications (like pneumonia) if they get sick with the flu.
  • People with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People younger than 5 years (and especially those younger than 2), and people 65 years and older.
  • People who live with or care for others who are at high risk of developing serious complications (see list above).
  • Household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
  • Household contacts and caregivers of infants less than 6 months old.
  • Health care personnel.

Special Consideration Regarding Egg Allergy:

People who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs may be advised not to get vaccinated.  People who have had a mild reaction to egg—that is, one which only involved hives—may receive a flu shot with additional precautions.  Make sure your health care provider knows about any allergic reactions.  Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain small amount of egg.

Use of the nasal spray seasonal flu vaccine

Vaccination with the nasal-spray flu vaccine is an option for healthy* people 2 to 49 years of age who are not pregnant.  Even people who live with or care for those in a high risk group (including health care workers) can get the nasal-spray flu vaccine as long as they are healthy themselves and are not pregnant.  The one exception is health care workers who care for people with severely weakened immune systems who require a protected hospital environment; these people should get the inactivated flu vaccine (flu shot).

Who should not be vaccinated against seasonal flu?

Influenza vaccine is not approved for children younger than 6 months of age.  People who have had a severe allergic reaction to influenza vaccine should generally not be vaccinated.

There are some people who should not get a flu vaccine without first consulting a physician.

These include:

  • People who have a moderate-to-severe illness with or without a fever (they should wait until they recover to get vaccinated), and
  • People with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS) that occurred after receiving influenza vaccine and who are not at risk for severe illness from influenza should generally not receive vaccine.  Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome.  Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.2013-2014 Flu Season 

Dr. Swigris’ Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Website and Blog 

Dr. Jeff Swigris from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Program at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado has developed a new “patient-centered” research program for patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis.  

The Patient Participation Program for Pulmonary Fibrosis (P₃F) is an innovative new program whose over-arching purpose is to identify and motivate patients to participate in the process of advancing knowledge of pulmonary fibrosis (PF).  The mission of P₃F is to promote understanding of what it’s like to live with PF, to find ways to make life better for patients who suffer from this disease and ultimately, to help discover its cure.  He is a world leader in both the clinical care of patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis and is an outstanding clinical researcher studying new ways to improve the everyday life of patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis.  He’s got some great ideas and you are encouraged to take a look at his website at http://pulmonaryfibrosisresearch.org/ and read his blog 

You can also join his “P3F Registry” if you are interested in being considered for enrollment into research studies about Pulmonary Fibrosis.

 

 See Also  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

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Thank You For Making Our First Annual Motorcycle Ride A Success!

Motoride2013022The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis conducted its 1st Annual Motorcycle Ride to help raise needed funding for research for a cure to Pulmonary Fibrosis.  Thank you to the many people who came out to support our cause, especially the Ed Brown family and friends.  A special thank you to Moe Joe’s Restaurant for being the host of our event.  

The New Hampshire State Police Motorcycle unit sent two motorcycle officers to escort our ride.  Officer Aaron Richards and Officer Brian Ross were extremely helpful in allowing our ride to be safe, and we thank the New Hampshire State Police for their assistance.

 Our fundraising efforts could not have been as successful without the help of the many organizations that donated:

  •  Moe Joe’s Restaurant – Sponsor to the event
  • Manchester Monarchs
  • Nadeau Subs
  • Hair Game
  • Giovanni’s Pizza
  • T-Bones
  • DerryField Restaurant
  • Goldenrod’s
  • Zoeys
  • Nelson Auto
  • Revive Salon

It is without saying that all this could have not been accomplished without the many hours of hard work by members of the Second Wind Foundation board and the many volunteers who worked with us during our event in order to make this a successful fundraiser.  We hope to see you next year at our 2nd annual Second Wind Foundation for PF Motorcycle Ride 2014.

Ron Geoffroy
President 

 

Thank You Yogis For Supporting The Second Wind Foundation


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In May the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis celebrated ‘Give the Gift of Breath Week’ with a fundraiser at local yoga studios.  Yoga relies on deep concentration and controlled breathing.  For those with Pulmonary Fibrosis breathing can be extremely difficult.  

Durning the week long event local yoga studio’s sold Second Wind Doves with all proceeds going to the Second Wind Foundation.  We raised $238 dollar that week and every dollar helps.  

101_4370We would like to say a special thank you to the studios who helped us raise money for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

  • Open Space Yoga – Nashua  NH
  • Nahar Yoga – Derry
  • SS Yoga – Hudson
  • Dragon Fly Yoga – Sandwich
  • Amala Wellness – Goffstown
  • White Swan Yoga – Manchester

We look forward to working with these studios and others in the future.

SS Yoga Group photo

1st Annual “Give a Gift of Breath” Motorcycle Ride

 

The Motorcycle Flyer for WebsiteSecond Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis will be conducting its 1st annual “Give a Gift of Breath” Motorcycle Ride on August 17, at Moe Joe’s Restaurant, 2175 Candia Rd. Manchester NH.  Registration begins at 8am and we will be kickstands up at 10am.  Registration fee is $20 per bike and $10 for additional rider.  This will be a 2-3 hour ride through southern NH and return to Moe Joe’s for food, entertainment and raffles.  We have two bands, The Paulie’s and Tom Ballerini’s Band, that will entertain you for the afternoon, and great food from Moe Joe’s.  All proceed will go to the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, which provides needed funding for Pulmonary Fibrosis research, awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and support for families affected by this disease. 

 

“Give a Gift of Breath”

PF Awareness week Flier WebsiteAccording to the National Institutes for Health, Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis, IPF, is a condition in which over a period of time the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. The development of the scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs don’t get the oxygen they need.  IPF affects approximately 200,000 Americans and an estimated 40,000 Americans pass away from IPF each year. One recent study estimated the prevalence of all interstitial lung diseases in the United States at about 500,000.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis a non-profit 501 (C) 3 in Auburn New Hampshire provides funding for research, assistance to families affected by PF, and awareness of the disease.  We are proud to announce our “Give a Gift of Breath” program during our Second Wind for Pulmonary Fibrosis Week from May 12-18th .  The Second Wind Foundation teaming with Yoga studios throughout New Hampshire, will work together to provided needed funding for research of Pulmonary Fibrosis.