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Health and Wellness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ask your primary care provider or gynecologist (GYN) if a mammogram is right for you. Finding breast cancer early can make all the difference!

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer.html

 

Simple Steps to Stay Healthy

  1. Preventing the flu and pneumonia. Get an annual flu vaccine.  All Simply Healthcare members can get a free flu shot one time per year. If your primary care physician does not have the vaccine, go to a network pharmacy near you that offers the vaccine. The best time to get the flu vaccine is soon after it becomes available in the fall of each year.
  2. Get your Pneumococcal vaccines (Pneumovax and Prevnar) if you are over 65 years old, or younger than 65 and have certain chronic health conditions. They protect against pneumococcal disease, including infections in the lungs and bloodstream. If you have any questions about the flu or pneumonia shots, be sure to talk with your doctor.
  3. Clean your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  4. Avoid the spread of flu germs by not touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may contain germs.

If you are 65 or older or have chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease you can have serious complications from the flu and from pneumonia, which can lead to hospitalization and even death.  So get your shots today and take everyday steps to stop the flu!

Get Your Free Flu Shot 

For More information about the Flu, and pneumonia shots refer to the websites below:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Influenza- http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm

American Lung Association- http://www.lung.org/

Should I take a statin (cholesterol medication)?

According to the American Heart Association, guidelines recommend that people in any of these four groups talk to their doctor about the risks and benefits of statin therapy:

  • Adults 40-75 years of age with LDL (bad) cholesterol of 70-189 and a higher risk for having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years.
  • People with a history of a heart attack, stroke, angina, arterial disease, transient ischemic attack, or coronary or arterial stents or problems.
  • People 21 and older who have a very high level of LDL (bad) cholesterol (190 or higher).
  • People with diabetes and a LDL (bad) cholesterol level of 70-189 who are 40 to 75 years old.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that adults 40 – 75 years of age with diabetes take a statin, even if they don’t have other conditions and have a normal cholesterol level.

If you are hospitalized

  1. Before you leave the hospital or a rehabilitation facility, make sure you get a list of the medications that you are to take when you go home.
  2. Take that hospital list of the medications to your primary care doctor or specialist!
  3. Make sure you see your doctor or specialist within 7 to 10 days.
Last Updated: 
October 9, 2017