Cold & Flu Prevention

April 4, 2018

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

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 the winter, many schools saw unprecedented flu-related absences and, most unfortunately, our state experienced a record number of flu-related deaths. This year’s record-setting […]

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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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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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