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Flu Season:


This time of year is called “flu season.” In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February and can last as late as May.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk of serious flu complications.

Flu Symptoms are different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose/li>
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

Who is Most at Risk?

Anyone can get flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years.

Local Health Observances

October 2018 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

Sponsored By: National Breast Cancer Foundation

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a broad term for a class of diseases characterized by abnormal cells that grow and invade healthy cells in the body. Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast as a group of cancer cells that can then invade surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to other areas of the body. Breast cancer is a group of cancer cells (malignant tumor) that starts in the cells of the breast. Cancer begins in the cells which are the basic building blocks that make up tissue. When this occurs, a build up of cells often forms a mass of tissue called a lump, growth, or tumor.

  • Breast Cancer Stage
    Once a person is determined to have a malignant tumor or the diagnosis of breast cancer. Knowing the stage helps determine the best way to contain and eliminate the breast cancer.
  • Types of Breast Cancer
    Breast cancer can begin in different areas of the breast — the ducts, the lobules, or in some cases, the tissue in between
  • Treatment and Side Effects
    In recent years, there's been an explosion of life-saving treatment advances against breast cancer, bringing new hope and excitement
  • Resources & Tools

  • Screening and Testing
  • Breast Cancer FAQs
  • Breast Self-Exam
  • Genetic Testing
  • Early Detection Resources
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