Cold & Flu Prevention

November 2, 2018

Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday – Sleep, Health and Safety Tips to Fall Back

This Sunday, November 4, we set our clocks back an hour. The move back to standard time might leave you dragging come Monday morning, but there are some things you can do to help you fall back an hour without falling out of your usual sleep schedule. In addition to taking steps to be well rested, the […]

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October 14, 2018

Clean Hands Save Lives – 5 Steps to Cleaner Hands (Infographic)

By Cameron Raley, Infection Prevention Specialist Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of germs that you come in contact with on a daily basis just from touching common household or everyday objects? Think about how many times a day you touch your phone. Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that […]

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October 5, 2018

Flu Season is Here, Get Your Flu Shot Now

Last year’s flu season hit hard close to home and across the nation proving to be a deadly epidemic killing 80,000 Americans in late 2017 and early 2018. Flu season peaked in early 2018 here in western North Carolina with five times as many flu cases in January and twice as many in February than […]

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April 4, 2018

Just How Bad Was Flu Season Last Year? A Look at the Numbers

This post was updated on October 11, 2018 Both here in western North Carolina and around the nation, the 2017-18 flu season rose to the level of an official epidemic. As the number of flu cases continued to rise throughout last winter, many schools saw unprecedented flu-related absences and, most unfortunately, our state experienced a […]

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February 6, 2018

Flu Can Lead to Life-Threatening Complications – A True Cautionary Tale

By Karen Vernon “I didn’t see this coming,” Sharon Maxwell says of the virus that changed her life. “I expected to live a full, healthy, long life, and figured if the end came early, it would be from a riding accident or paddling on a rough river. So mine is a cautionary tale about the […]

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January 29, 2018

As the Flu Epidemic Worsens, Your Keys to Prevention

By Courtney Mull, MD This flu season is making local and national headlines as the number of cases continues to rise. In fact, we are in the midst of the flu epidemic, with a high likelihood that it has not yet peaked. At Mission Health’s hospitals alone, nearly 250 patients were seen with confirmed cases of […]

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January 24, 2018

Have the Flu, or Think You Do? Expert Advice on What to Do

This flu season has been particularly severe, with high number of influenza cases both here in western North Carolina and around the country. There are many steps you can take to prevent catching the flu, but because of the nature of this year’s strain, it may very well affect you or your family at some […]

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December 1, 2017

Have You Been Exposed to Whooping Cough? Know Your Treatment Options

Henderson County health officials have confirmed another case of whooping cough (pertussis), bringing the total to eight in the area. More than 1,000 people have come in contact with the students already diagnosed with the illness, and preventative measures can be taken. In response to news of this outbreak of whooping cough in Henderson County, […]

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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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