Information in this column addressed the debate around flu shots, whether they work and how effective the vaccinations shots are since the virus changes each year. In an article by my friend and geriatrician Leslie Kernisan, MD, Flu Shots for Older Adults What to Know, she offers useful advice about influenza vaccinations. When Dr. Kernisan worked in a primary care clinic, they made a big push for all patients to get a seasonal flu shots and not all clients agreed.
There’s a lot of debate around flu shots, especially when discussing the effectiveness since the influenza virus changes from year to year. It means that medical experts need to study vaccination effectiveness every year to tell how well the immunization programs are working. And I suspect most of us do not know what the actual success rate of the vaccination will be.
As we age, memories, old photographs, music, movies, and food give us comfort. We find a sense of connection with our elders even though many have passed. I flipped through an old recipe book, West Heritage Cookbook, and found my Mother’s sugar cookie recipe. It’s hand-written by her and starts out, “Dear Carol, Sugar cookies” and lists the measured ingredients and baking time. I’ll treasure forever. I’ve made them several times, and my nephew and niece have picked up the tradition. But, guess what?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".