Cold & Flu Prevention

December 5, 2019

Tips for Exercising and Staying Healthy during Cold and Flu Season

By Benjamin Heyen, MD, Primary Care Worried about cold or flu impacting your exercise regimen? It can be frustrating when you’re feeling under the weather and don’t have the energy to work out. And sometimes, that cold weather may increase your motivation for a cozy night in instead of making it to the gym or […]

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November 13, 2019

What Goes Around Comes Around: Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Don’t spread the flu! Stay home if you’re sick. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes. Cover your mouth with a tissue, or sneeze or cough into your sleeve. Help prevent the flu by getting your vaccine! The 2017-2018 flu (influenza) season was one of the deadliest with 48.8 million […]

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October 17, 2019

You Can Protect Yourself and Others with the Flu Vaccine, Take Flu Seriously

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1918 influenza (flu) pandemic that is still remembered as one of the worst plagues in history. It’s estimated that 500 million people were infected by the 1918 flu virus and at least 50 million people or more died worldwide from the strain, including an estimated 675,000 Americans. […]

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October 10, 2019

Not Sure about the Flu Shot? Get the Facts on Common Flu Vaccine Myths

Just when flu season is starting again, it feels like it just ended. And every year, we know plenty of people tip toe around getting the annual flu vaccine. Does it actually work? Is it even effective? Before you decide to skip out on this year’s flu vaccine, get the facts on these common myths […]

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January 9, 2019

Think Fast – 5 Things to Know When You’re Sick and Need Care

Being sick isn’t fun for anyone. Other than worrying about getting better as soon as possible, the last things you want to do is spend too much money on getting better or spend too much time away from your bed or couch. When you’ve exhausted your mother’s advice, and saltines and clear liquids aren’t cutting […]

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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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