Cold & Flu Prevention

March 14, 2017

Ask the Doctor – How Can I Distinguish a Cold from a Sinus Infection?

Steve North, MD, MPH, family and adolescent medicine physician with Mission Community Primary Care – Spruce Pine, addresses health and wellness questions for you and your children heading into the spring months. Q: How can you tell the difference between a cold and a sinus infection? A: Distinguishing between a cold and a sinus infection can […]

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February 15, 2017

Helpful Healthcare Hints: Four Ways to Save Time and Money When You’re Sick

We’ve reached that time of the year when it’s like Halloween for germs, viruses, bugs and allergies to sneak up on every individual they can find and play their nasty tricks on your immune system. One minute you’re feeling great and the next minute you’re hoping for a visit from the Grim Reaper. Reaching that […]

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December 20, 2016

FAQs on the Flu Vaccine – What You Need to Know

By David P. Franklin, MD & Amy Russell, MD Q: Why are flu shots so important and do I really need one? Dr. Russell: Yes. If you’re six months of age or older, it’s important to receive an annual flu vaccine to help protect you and the people around you – such as family members and […]

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November 3, 2016

Fear of the Flu Shot? How to Make It As Painless As Possible for Your Kid

By Jordyn Coalson, Child Life Specialist While this season offers some of our favorite holiday activities, we also realize it welcomes the less desired cold and flu bugs into your home. In an attempt to keep your family’s health and sanity at the highest levels, we have compiled a list of ways to make this flu […]

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November 2, 2016

Ask the Doctor – Is There Any Truth To “Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”?

By Lindsay F. Herbert, DO, Family Medicine Mission Community Medicine Old Fort Q: Is There Any Truth To “Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever”? A: There is no truth to this saying. What is true is that a well-balanced diet full of a variety of fruits and vegetables and fruits of all colors, as well as […]

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December 2, 2015

Expert Advice on Avoiding the Flu from Mission Health’s Director of Infection Prevention

With December historically a harsh month for the flu in our region, Mission Health’s Jacie Volkman offers advice on how to avoid the virus. Volkman, Director of Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, says pregnant women, infants and the elderly are at greater risk. Even though flu season has already begun, it’s not too late to get your flu […]

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