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Fighting Flu Symptoms? Know Where to Go to Get the Right Care
Dec 5, 2017 By admin

Since the flu virus is very contagious and can sometimes cause serious complications like pneumonia, knowing where to go can keep you and your family safe if the flu bug visits your home this season.

First, Know the Symptoms

Flu and cold symptoms can seem similar. While there’s no sure-fire way to tell the difference, one hint that it could be the flu is a very sudden onset of symptoms, such as:
  • Bad cough
  • Body and muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Feeling wiped out
  • Fever with chills
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting

Then, Know If You and Your Loved Ones Are Vulnerable

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people who get influenza will recover within a few weeks. But it is possible to develop complications as a result of the flu virus, ranging from mild (such as upper respiratory tract or ear infections) [...]

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When to Get a Flu Shot
Oct 6, 2017 By Nick E. Colovos, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Get the flu shotIt may be your best chance at preventing the flu—but do you know the best time to get your flu shot? If you get it too soon, you might not be as well protected. But since it typically takes your body two weeks from the time you get the shot to develop immunity, you don’t want to wait too late. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season usually runs from November through the end of April, so it’s best to get the flu shot as early in October as possible.

Who needs a flu shot?

Everyone’s at risk of being infected with the influenza virus and can spread it to others. That’s why the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against it every year, even if you’ve never had the flu. If you have a less-developed or compromised immune system, a yearly vaccination is especially important (even critical). Not only [...]

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10/17/17 Medicare 101 Live Chat Transcript
Sep 25, 2017 By admin

The Annual Open Enrollment period for 2018 Medicare coverage began on October 15th. Our live chat was a great opportunity to learn the A, B, Cs…and Ds…of Medicare. Topics included:

  • Overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D
  • Explaining Medicare Advantage
  • Differences between traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage
  • Turning 65 and applying for Medicare
  • How Medicare works if you’re turning 65 but don’t plan to retire
The live chat had a good turnout and the transcript is now available below.

Live Chat Transcript

Oct 17, 11:58 AM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Hi everyone, we'll get started shortly! Oct 17, 12:01 PM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about Medicare 101. Oct 17, 12:01 PM EmoryHealthcare (Admin): Please note that all questions are moderated before appearing in the stream, so you

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Back-to-School Bugs & Beyond: Know Where to Go
Sep 5, 2017 By admin

Back to school bugsBack-to-school bugs mean your kids may soon be coming home sniffing, sneezing or showing other signs of battling a “bug”? Your kid’s classroom can be just the kind of enclosed space that makes a great breeding ground for viruses and bacteria to multiply and spread. According to the CDC, (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) elementary school children catch eight to 12 colds or cases of flu each school year.

Back-to-School Bugs

Back-2-school brings kids back in touch with lots of other kids. It can be a stressful time even for kids who have the healthiest immune systems. Children returning to school may be exposed to:
  • Colds, cold sores, coughs
  • Pink eye
  • Stomach bugs
You can prepare your kids for battling any back to school bugs by strengthening their immune systems. Here’s how:
  • Get your kids back on a good sleep schedule
  • Boost diets with

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Kid's Health: Common back-to-school illnesses and injuries
Aug 4, 2017 By preventive

Kid's Health Going back to school can tax your kid's health. Catching up with old friends and make new ones can be an exciting time, but one that puts them back in close contact with one another — with a result no one looks forward to: illnesses and injuries. In the first few months of a new school year, there are lots of germs going around. They’re on desks, keyboards, in the classroom and on the playground where accidents also happen. Over time, your child will become immune to many infectious diseases. In the meantime, teach him to wash his hands well —and often. If your child does come down with a bug, keep him home from school until he’s fever-free for 24 hours without medicine. Common kid's health back-to-school illnesses and injuries include:

  • “Backpack-itis”: Overstuffed backpacks can cause head, neck and shoulder pain as well as lead to bad posture. Use your

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