The best time to get a flu shot is in the early fall, particularly in late September or early October.
Your body takes about two weeks after the shot to build up enough antibodies to protect against infection, so it's best to get the shot early in flu season.
But one study found that the vaccine decreases in efficacy by about 16% every 28 days, so the earlier you get the shot, the less effective it will be towards the end of flu season.
This article was reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, ...
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My stay at Islander Resort in the Florida Keys wasn't perfect, with many guests and staff not following COVID protocols, but I'd still return — here's what you should know before booking
Florida still has a high positivity rate for COVID-19, but in places like the Florida Keys, mandatory mask laws in place make it a good option for locals, if you're careful.
I live in Miami and decided on a road trip and staycation at the Islander Resort because it has no interior hallways or elevators; all rooms and suites open directly outside.
Rates begin at $189, and while my stay wasn't perfect, it did impart key takeaways on travel during the novel coronavirus.
I saw it coming from a mile away. Okay, that's an exaggeration. It was from a foot away. The young mother was inspecting my table filled with the jams and salsas that I made with the fruit from my fourteen mango trees. Her one-year-old baby, who she was holding, was clearly teething, gnawing on his fist and drooling profusely. As she leaned over, so did the baby, whose saliva began to drip in one long stream — straight into my sample bowl of vanilla-lime-infused mango jam. Then, to finish it off, he dunked his fist into it, sending sticky mango flying everywhere.
DISH: Zucchini Intrusion, Both Blessed and Rude
I may be the only failed zucchini gardener in the history of zucchini gardeners.
Most people can’t grow just one zucchini. The Octo-mom of gourd vines, blessed by a holy grail of fertility goddesses, this summer squash variety even has a whole 24 hours devoted to those trying to desperately get rid of the things: National Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day, which was just celebrated this past August 8.
Plenitude and ease of care are two reasons why you often see zucchini in school gardens
Plain, with franks or meatballs – I've been eating SpaghettiOs since I was just a couple of years old, which was about five years after they were invented in 1965. Back then, I liked them in a shallow bowl, so that the top cooled quickly, congealing like tomato soup. I preferred a teaspoon, not a soup spoon, to separate the rings more easily. A slice of the softest kind of white bread, spread so thickly with butter that your teeth left clear impressions, was the perfect sidekick.
These days, when times get tough, I still get myself a can of SpaghettiOs.
Almost six months into the pandemic, many are still working and learning from home — and eager for a change of scenery.Hotels are helping out by offering WFH — work-from-hotel — deals that offer beautiful views, socially-distant amenities, childcare, high-speed Wi-Fi, and reduced rates.Some properties require a minimum number of nights for a "work-cation," while others offer remote office ...
Almost six months into the pandemic, many are still working and learning from home — and eager for a change of scenery.
Hotels are helping out by offering WFH — work-from-hotel — deals that offer beautiful views, socially-distant amenities, childcare, high-speed Wi-Fi, and reduced rates.
Some properties require a minimum number of nights for a "work-cation," while others offer remote office space day rates.
Rates begin at $75 per day and $89 per night, but keep an eye on hotspot states and be sure to check COVID advisories and assess your own risk before considering any WFH packages.
How to drive through the Florida Keys on a socially distanced road trip according to experts, plus what to pack, recommended activities, the best hotels along the way, and what to do if someone gets sick
After closing its borders in late March, the Florida Keys re-opened for visitors on June 1.
For those who have been locked down for months, driving through the Upper, Middle, and Lower Keys makes for a terrific road trip as most businesses reopen their doors.
While the experience might feel different (expect changes in hotel cleaning and restaurant policies), many hotels are offering special pricing, st...
DISH: Trusting the Process, Part I
If you’ve ever picked fruit of any kind – wandered into berry thickets as a kid, maybe, or stopped at a U-Pick for apples – then you’ve learned why the story of Adam and Eve might have its roots in a little bit of fact. It’s simply impossible to turn away from a bush or tree jeweled with abundance. But pluck just one? Hardly. Before you’ve even shifted from your perch, you’ve gathered ten times the amount that you can readily use.
This, in turn, teaches you some other lessons. Not about religion, per se, but about the food supply chain.
DISH: The State of Great Tomatoes
The late folk-country singer John Denver used to croon about how there were only two things that money couldn’t buy: true love and homegrown tomatoes.
Although they probably seemed like truisms at the time, neither one of those proclamations is at all accurate today. You only have to watch a few episodes of 90 Day Fiancé to realize that love seems like an easily quantifiable—or at least justifiable—purchase.
But even back in the day, in our tomato homeland of New Jersey, you could certainly procure homegrown fruit—even if you were actually tending your own
Good mega Monday morning, Mid-Lifer! We know it’s 4 a.m. and you’re worrying about bills, that scratching sound coming from the roof, and the enormous bong you found in your fifteen-year-old’s closet! But that shouldn’t make you or — us — any less chipper!
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Destin, Florida is a popular vacation retreat on the state's Gulf Coast, renowned for excellent deep-sea fishing.
With stunning beaches and plenty of outdoor activities, Destin is good for a socially distant vacation, particularly during the summer off-season when hot temperatures keep most tourists away.
Many Destin hotels have reopened with new social distancing guidelines; we rounded up the best picks with details on their COVID-19 policies.
What to pack and how to prepare before planning a road trip this summer — 9 medical and hospitality experts weigh in with advice and tips
As states reopen and COVID-19 changes the landscape for travel, road trips of all stripes are becoming a possibility for many Americans.
The goal of a road trip, even during COVID-19 times, should be to not only enjoy yourself, but to leave an area the way you found it, and come home as safe and healthy as you left — just a bit more relaxed.