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Surviving Flu Season:



Seasonal flu viruses can be detected year-round; however, seasonal flu activity often begins as early as October and November and can continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.

Influenza (Flu) types

  • Seasonal
  • Pandemic
  • Avian
  • Swine
  • Influenza in Animals
  • Flu Symptoms:

    • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • muscle or body aches
    • headaches
    • fatigue (tiredness)
    • some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

    Take Three Actions to Protect Against Flu:

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Preventive Steps
  • Treatment
  • The flu season is unpredictable. While we know the flu is going to spread each year, the exact timing and length of each flu season can vary. Flu activity often begins to increase in the U.S. in October. The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible.

    January 2020 is Glaucoma Awareness Month

     
    Sponsored By: National Eye Institute

    Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision. This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure in your eye. Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of vision loss and blindness for people over the age of 60. It can occur at any age but is more common in older adults. Many people don’t know that glaucoma has no symptoms in its early stages.

    Types of Glaucoma?

    There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma (ACG).These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma.

    Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. Each individual may experience symptoms differently.

    Are you at risk? Click here for a list of the Risk Factors For Glaucoma?

    Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.

    The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately. Click here to find an Ophthalmologist

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    Please consult your doctor about any personal health concerns.
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