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The Kristi and Carole Yamaguchi Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Kristi and Carole Yamaguchi

Gary Barg: What is influenza and why should family caregivers pay attention to influenza and influenza vaccinations?

Kristi Yamaguchi:  The goal of Faces of Influenza is to raise awareness of the seriousness of influenza.  Because it is a respiratory illness, it can lead to many complications, especially for people in certain health categories, with chronic health problems, and aged 65 and older.  The CDC [Centers for Disease Control] recommends everyone over the age of six months be vaccinated every year.

Gary Barg:  You are saying it is especially important for people who might have health challenges and for seniors to have the vaccine.

Kristi Yamaguchi:  There is a vaccine for those 65 and older that is a double dose.  As we age, obviously our immune systems become a little more compromised. I think it is important that seniors realize how dangerous or how serious getting the flu is and how it can compromise our health through other complications.  It is a respiratory virus, so it is important that we take the vaccine. If there are any concerns, you need to check with your doctor or check out the Web site facesofinfluenza.org.

Gary Barg:  Carole, you vaccinated the kids; I will call Kristi one of the kids.

Carole Yamaguchi:  Right, right, and grandkids.

Gary Barg:  And grandkids.  What caused you to say I must do this, this is something I am going to do and I am going to have my children understand that this is something that they need to do for their kids?

 

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