Message From The Chief
I am one of the few members of my family that actually doesn’t scream and run at the sight of bugs (Sorry, Garrett. …just kidding, he really isn’t afraid of bugs, well not much.) ☺
I am however the biggest wimp I know of when it comes to needles…I hate them! (Which makes for some interesting conversations with my physician wife.)
And, in case you haven’t noticed, more and more we are being bombarded with attacks, hacks, and creepy intrusions to our technology and personal communication devices.
Bugs, needles, and viruses are all topics in this month’s issue. #AreYouReady?
October marks the beginning of flu season. Each year in Texas and the US, influenza develops into a wide-spread and dangerous epidemic. And each year thousands of people in the US die from flu-related illness. Texans are not immune.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone over six months old get a flu shot yearly, and get it early. It is the single, most important step you can take to protect yourself from this serious disease. Unimmunized people not only risk getting the flu, they also risk spreading the disease among everyone they come in contact with. You can find vaccination locations here.
Every flu season is different, and flu viruses are constantly changing. So it’s not unusual for new strains to appear from season to season. For example, in 2009, H1N1 “swine flu” appeared in the US. This virus originally jumped to humans from pigs, and people who are around pigs were the only ones vulnerable. But the virus changed in ways that made it possible to pass from human to human.
Although flu vaccines have to be “tweaked” periodically, they are formulated to prevent the seasonal viruses that circulate among people today: H1N1, H3N2, and influenza B.
Other steps you can take to protect yourself from the flu:
Speaking of bugs …
Did you know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? With all the high-profile data breaches in the news recently, perhaps you should! Identity theft can be a debilitating crime that can take years to resolve. As a nation, we face constant threats to our critical infrastructure and economy.
During National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a number of resources are available to help you, your family, and your business increase your resiliency to cybercrime. You can also get involved and help spread the word about cyber security. You can post safety tips and reminders on your social networks; include cyber security in your blogs; talk to your family about securing all your household devices; and insert NCSAM icons on your Facebook page and email signature.
Look for local events in your area that help you protect yourself and spread the word about cyber security.
Chief W. Nim Kidd, CEM®