The biggest news outlets have been reeling with Ebola horror stories for weeks now, and while this terrible virus is certainly cause for alarm in West Africa (and precaution elsewhere), the risk to North Americans currently remains quite low.
Older adults who get the shingles vaccine can actually cut their risk of getting the painful condition in half, and those that do happen to get it are likely to have a milder case if they've been inoculated.
The global health community has barely begun to recognize how vaccination can enable a healthy, active aging process. This aha! moment had better come soon, because vaccination isn't just good health policy, it's great economic policy.
'How are you handling all your stress?' a friend who's also a life coach asked me recently. 'I'm really interested to know.' I loaded scrambled eggs onto a piece of rye toast and took a gluttonous bite.