Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on October 19, 2015 · Page C3
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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page C3

Rochester, New York
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Monday, October 19, 2015
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DemocratandChronicle .com Monday,October19,2015 Page3C PEARLS BEFORE SWINESTEPHAN PASTIS FORBETTER OR FOR WORSELYNN JOHNSTON SHOEGARY BROOKINS AND SUSIE MCNELLY REX MORGAN, M.D.WILSON & BEATTY FREDBASSETALEX GRAHAM MARMADUKEBRADANDERSON RUBESLEIGHRUBIN THEFAMILY CIRCUSBILKEANE ZIGGYTOMWILSON & TOMII HEATHCLIFF PETER GALLAGHER JANRICCLASSICSUDOKU INSTRUCTIONS: Complete the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 through 9 (no repeats). DIFFICULTY RATING: Bronze AT LEFT: Answer to Saturday’s puzzle Looking for TV listings? The television grid appears each day on Page 2C. Looking for movie times? Go to for the latest times. DearDr. Roach: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. — J.H. Answer: Let me preface my answer by saying that any influenza vaccine will provide some protection against flu. There actually are six different types of FDA-approved flu vaccines available for the 2015-2016 season. In addition to the three you mention (standard- and high-dose trivalent and quadrivalent), there also are two trivalent vaccines made without eggs (particularly useful for those with an egg allergy); an intradermal vaccine that uses a tiny needle (90 percent smaller than regular needles) for people who really don’t like shots; and, unlike all other flu vaccines (which are inactivated virus), a live attenuated vaccine given via a nasal spray, which may be better in children, and is approved only for ages 2-49. If you do have a choice, I would recommend the high- dose trivalent for those over 65, and the quadrivalent for those under 65, unless you fall into one of the special situations above (fear of shots, egg allergy). Readers: The booklet on Alzheimer’s disease gives a detailed presentation of this common illness. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Roach Book No. 903, 628 Vir ginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803. Enclose a check or money or der (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DearAmy: My sister lives across the country. She has been married for 33 years. They’ve raised two daughters who are now adults, but she’s been living the most boring life ever! I don’t know how she could be happy doing nothing but cooking and cleaning for all these years. And then she has the nerve to criticize me for not having enough time in my day, when she has no clue what it’s like to work full time. Well, OK, she did work full time once — years ago before her daughters were born. She also had a little job when her kids were in school, but it wasn’t a “real job,” just a little part-time lunch-lady position. I can’t understand why she doesn’t want to work more and help her poor husband with their finances. Then they could travel and see the world! They hardly ever go anywhere. I want so much more for her! She has never had to live through things like illness, job loss or divorce like I have. She has been supportive sometimes but not all the time. I guess I’m a bit jealous because she has so much free time. I’ve asked her to write me a list of what she does all day. I’ve sent her lists of what I manage to accomplish in the three hours I have in my home, but she has declined to provide her list. It’s so sad that she has never had any aspirations! It makes me so sad to feel like she’s wasted her life; she’s only in her 50s! I told her all this in an email, but now she’s mad at me for just being honest. She expects an apology, but I’m hurt now, too. How do we get past this? — Frustrated Sister In Pa DearFrustrated: If being a devoted homemaker is your definition of a life wasted, then I guess my mother, and all of the women through time who have derived satisfaction and joy out of being devoted spouses and parents have really just been marking time until they could quietly pass away from boredom. If you choose to judge and criticize someone, she’s not really going to ask for more feedback from you. Your sister doesn’t seem to have initiated this spitting match. She doesn’t owe you or anyone else an explanation or justification for the choices she has made. She also doesn’t need to provide you a list of her daily activities so that you can pick it apart. Your demands — and your assumptions about her — are disrespectful. You do owe her an apology. There are six types of vaccinations for u Sister sits in judgment of sibling’s life choices Send Dr. Keith Roach your medical questions. Write to him at ToYourGoodHealth@med.

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