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As a child or an adult, immunization is so important and can save your life or the life of someone with whom you interact. So, if you haven’t done it already, do it this week. Our patients can get their flu shot here in our office or in a local flu clinic or a pharmacy clinic. Just do it. You will breathe better! See www.immunize.org for some answers about many different immunizations.
From the CDC…
CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. There are documented benefits from flu vaccination, including reductions in flu illnesses, related doctors’ visits and missed work or school. Vaccination also prevents flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
If you have not been vaccinated yet this season, make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.
Flu and Ebola
Seasonal influenza and Ebola virus infection can cause some similar symptoms. However, of these viruses, your symptoms are most likely caused by seasonal influenza. Influenza is very common. Millions of people are infected, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and thousands die from flu each year.
In the United States, fall and winter is the time for flu. While the exact timing and duration of flu seasons vary, outbreaks often begin in October and can last as late as May. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February.
There is a great deal of media focus right now on the Ebola Virus, and we have seen quite a few people in the office who have admitted that they are pretty worried about this new viral infection. We believe that children are MUCH better off hearing about Ebola from YOU, their parents or guardians, than they are hearing about it from their classmates. Therefore, we encourage you to follow this link to get some accurate information about the virus as well as some tips on talking to children about it.
Health Connector open enrollment to begin November 15
Massachusetts residents currently enrolled in one of the state’s health insurance programs through the Massachusetts Health Connector (Commonwealth Care or Qualified Health Plans, including ConnectorCare) must complete a new application
during open enrollment, which begins November 15. Based on eligibility, these individuals will be able to shop for and select plans offered through the Health Connector for coverage dates beginning January 1, 2015.
Teens – are you ready to transition to an adult medical practice? Yes, we love having you but when the time comes you know it. Here is a website with some relevant details (gottransition.org) for you to consider.
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