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Last year’s flu season was so mild that this year many local families are ignoring warnings to get a flu shot. That’s why local doctors, along with the Centers for Disease Control, are on a crusade to get families vaccinated against the flu to prevent a flu outbreak.

“The one thing predictable about flu season is that it’s unpredictable,” says Dr. Scott Burger, Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder of Doctors Express, the nation’s first urgent care franchise with a center in our area. “Last season was the mildest on record and in 2009 we saw a pandemic. That’s why we’re urging everyone to be proactive this year. We don’t want another wave of the flu sweeping the nation.”

With 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s today, African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with the disease. As awareness continues to grow around Alzheimer’s, the new Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry created and led by Banner Alzheimer’s Institute allows concerned individuals to enroll and help further research in an effort to treat and prevent the disease.

A new survey shows nearly half of U.S. adults have a personal connection to Alzheimer's disease. According to a national survey for the Banner Alzheimer's Institute, the results also found more than seven in 10 adults, or 218 million Americans, worry about memory loss or the disease for themselves or a loved one.

EtienneDominican Dr. Carissa Etienne was elected director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), becoming the second Caribbean national to occupy the post.

Dr. Etienne, whose election took place during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference here last month, will begin her five-year term on Feb. 1, 2013. She replaces Dr. Mirta Roses Periago of Argentina, who has held the post since 2003.

In an effort to promote innovative business models that offer accessible health services to low- income women in Haiti, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) will partner with the international group Global Partnerships to promote innovative business models .

The MIF said the project, which includes Ecuador, Honduras and Nicaragua, will receive non-reimbursable financing of more than $1 million over a three-year implementation period.