Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

November 29, 2013

Letters to the Editor 11/30/13

— Corsicana Emergency Corps still active

To the Editor: If anyone would like to know, the Corsicana Emergency Corps Is active and available for calls.

If you have an emergency and would like to have the Corsicana Emergency Corps come out to your emergency, please call the sheriff’s office at 903-654-3001.

We have many resources for drownings, missing persons, traffic control and multiple other uses. The Corsicana Emergency Corps has to be specifically requested to be paged to your incident.  

If you have an event you would like for the Corsicana Emergency Corps to help with, call Captain Mike Davis at 903-654-2580, or Sergeant Rhonda Davis at 903-654-0885.

Thank you,

Corsicana Emergency Corps

Socialist slide?

To the Editor: We have noticed that more and more men on the “streets” are talking about our society becoming more socialistic as the years pass.

What is so bad about that? Consider some of the characteristics of a socialistic society: The government controls some 80 percent of the gross national product including labor unions. It manipulates elections and maintains a secret police force. It controls the press and all media outlets. It utilizes collective farms. It maintains a large, expensive military and maintains some control of the judiciary. In many cases, freedom of religion is not allowed. It maintains control of the health care system.

Where would freedom of choice, reward for effort, and individual initiative fit in? Where would our Bill of Rights fit into such a society? Out the window.

Is it not time for our government to cease the slide towards socialism before it is too late?

For a good comparison of socialism and democracy, study the government of East and West Berlin after World War II.

Grover Pearson

Get a shot

To the Editor: Flu season is now upon us. There have been reported cases in north Texas dating back to September of this year, which is earlier than usual.

Influenza — the flu — is a contagious virus that infects airway mucosal surfaces such as nose, throat and lungs. It is estimated that 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population will get the flu. Over 200,000 people will be hospitalized with complications from the flu and deaths range from 3,000 to 49,000 each year.  

The flu virus tends to change from year to year due to a process called Antigenic Drift. Changes in the strain can lead to difficulty in detecting the virus in the body causing symptoms such as:

• Fever (Note: Not everyone with the flu has a fever);

• Cough;

• Runny nose;

• Muscle aches;

• Headaches;

• Fatigue;

• Gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e. vomiting and diarrhea).

The most common way the virus spreads is by droplets that occur when a person coughs, talks or sneezes. The virus will then attach to those mucosal surfaces. Touching objects that contain the virus can also lead to spreading the flu virus but happens less often than the other methods mentioned. Once a person is infected, the virus can cause symptoms that can last 5 to 7 days. Sometimes it will last longer for persons with weakened immune systems like children and those that have HIV/AIDS. This can lead to numerous complications ranging from sinus infections to pneumonia and it will also worsen chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, congestive heart failure and other conditions.  

The best way to prevent the flu is to be vaccinated. Past vaccinations consisted of a trivalent combination (2 A strains and 1 B strain). There is an equivalent vaccine (Two A strains and two B strains), which contains the most prevalent strains that were seen last year. The Center for Disease Control recommends everyone over the age 6 months get vaccinated.

Influenza is deadly so please don’t become a statistic. Now is the time to get vaccinated. I would encourage you to visit the CDC website: www.CDC.gov.

DeAndre A. Brown M.D.

Medical Director of Urgent Plus Care

www.urgentplus.com

 

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