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Flu incidence crests at 6.6%, highest in this decade

BY Michael Johnsen

The good news to come out of Friday morning’s CDC Flu View news conference is that we are about halfway through the season. The bad news is we still have half a season to go, and this season has been the worst in flu incidence since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

That year, flu incidence reached a peak of 7.7%. For the week ended Jan. 20, flu incidence crested at 6.6% nationwide, though there were signs that flu incidence rates were declining in some parts of the country.

“It has been a tough flu season so far this year,” Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division in CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. “This rapid increase in cases that we’ve been seeing is after the winter holidays and it is among all ages but it is higher among children. So it looks like a big part of the later January activity is flu transmission from kids returning to school.”

And it’s not abating. “While flu activity is beginning to go down in some parts of the country, it remains high for most of the U.S. with some areas still rising. Most people with influenza are being infected with the H3N2 influenza virus. In seasons where H3N2 is the main cause of influenza, we see more cases, more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations and more deaths, especially among older people,” Jernigan said. “We’ve experienced two notable characteristics of flu this season. The first is that flu activity became widespread in almost all states and jurisdictions at the same time. The second notable characteristic is that flu activity has now stayed at the same level at the national level for three weeks in a row with 49 states reporting widespread activity each week for three weeks.”

The 2017/2018 influenza season is nine weeks old. The average season over the past five years is 16 weeks, with the longest season in the past five years extending 20 weeks. “In past seasons that are like this one, we have estimated that by the end of the season, 34 million Americans had gotten the flu,” Jernigan said.

“The flu season is continuing to be challenging and flu has been intense across the United States,” Brenda Fitzgerald, director CDC , said. “Remember, it’s not too late to get a flu shot for yourself and for your child.”

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ChopSaver chapped-lip solution ‘not just for musicians’

BY Michael Johnsen

ChopSaver Lip Care earlier this week posted its latest social media ad touting its lip balm (“the one the pros use”) for helping to soothe chapped lips.

“While ChopSaver was originally created for musicians, a formula this effective should be enjoyed by anyone,” Dan Gosling, CEO Good for the Goose Products, said. “Here is [a] video that explains the history of ChopSaver and why everyone should use it – in just 30 seconds. It might not be as funny as the now famous ‘Flying Instruments’ video on our homepage, but we think it’s pretty effective. We encourage you all to share this, especially with your non-musician friends.”

That first video captured almost 600,000 views. Gosling, a professional trumpet player turned lip balm entrepreneur, created ChopSaver in his kitchen in 2004 using arnica, a sunflower extract and natural anti-inflammatory known for reducing bruising and swelling.

The company also has heart. In December, ChopSaver sent some 7,000 samples to firefighters in Southern California who had been battling fires in that region.

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Young Living Essential Oils promotes COO

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Young Living Essential Oils on Friday named Jared Turner president and COO. He has been a driving force in growing Young Living to a billion-dollar business by increasing revenue by over 800% over the last five years, the company stated. He will continue to work closely with the company’s founder and dhairman Gary Young and CEO Mary Young to fulfill their vision of providing Young Living’s pure essential oils to every home in the world.

Turner explains the Young Living proposition in the video above. He has aving as the company’s COO for the past two years and has been instrumental in evolving Young Living into a billion-dollar global enterprise with more than four million customers, 3,000 employees and 16 corporate and partner farms worldwide.

“I demand perfection because our members deserve the best, and Jared is the trusted leader who has ridden the river beside me through the ups and downs of this essential oils journey,” Gary Young said. “He has proven to be a successful and trusted leader and brings to this position a strong reputation for developing people and inspiring teams. He shares my love of people, natural health, adventure, and nature. Jared has proven himself and will carry my vision forward.”

“Jared’s purpose-driven mindset is a perfect asset to guide our company forward,” Mary Young said. “Under his guidance, Young Living is well-positioned to follow the path that Gary and I envisioned 24 years ago, when we started the company.”

“This is the honor of a lifetime, and I don’t take it lightly,” Turner said. “Gary and Mary set a path for Young Living where people are first and foremost, the quality of essential oils is paramount, and creating a connection to nature is imperative. Young Living will never deviate from that path under my leadership as we continue to share the gift of essential oils with millions of people.”

Turner joined Young Living in 2012 as associate general counsel over international with a strong background in international business and law. Prior to serving as the COO, Turner was Young Living’s chief sales and marketing officer, where he was responsible for strategically identifying and executing the company’s global vision for growth, overseeing 20 markets and managing 1,000-plus global sales and marketing employees.

Prior to joining Young Living, Turner was an international business attorney at Kirton McConkie, a large law firm in Utah, where he advised multinational companies and nonprofits on expanding their businesses internationally.

Turner holds a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University, a law degree from Syracuse University College of Law, and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and political science from the University of Utah.

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