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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

     1. FLU SEASON AND VACCINE: December through March. Influenza seems to be spreading everywhere. This year, the vaccine makers didn't cover one strain that is making a big impact. YOU SHOULD STILL GET YOUR FLU VACCINES TO PROTECT YOU FROM THE OTHER STRAINS. Vaccines are for everyone aged 6 months through the end of life. One common misconception about the flu vaccine is that it makes you sick. This is absolutely impossible because the injectable vaccine is not a live virus. There's also no truth to the myth that vaccines can cause birth defects, autism, etc. INFO: HERE. .


     2. PNEUMONIA VACCINES (PNEUMOVAX AND PREVNAR 13):If you are 65 or older or have underlying lung disease or smoke, you should get your pneumonia vaccine updated too. There is now another pneumonia vaccine called PREVNAR 13 and if you qualify for one, you qualify for both of them, but they must be given at least 6 months apart from each other. INFO: Pneumovax- 23 HERE.  Prevnar-13 HERE.


      3. OTHER VACCINES: For a quiz to determine the vaccines that you need, get INFO: HERE.


     4. YEARLY CHECKUPS: Everybody should get one thorough checkup every year. MEDICARE PATIENTS SHOULD GET THEIR YEARLY CHECKUP WITHIN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF THE YEAR. If you get your car's oil checked and changed about 4 times a year, shouldn't you do the same thing for your most precious possession, your health? 


     5. HEALTH MAINTENANCE: You should keep the following exams up to date:


     WOMEN: Mammograms every 2 years, from ages 50 to 74. Women with a mother, daughter or sister who's had breast cancer should get theirs yearly, beginning at age 40. Pap Smears should be done every 3 years. Bone Density should be measured every 2-5 years starting at age 65.  


     MEN:Current United States Preventative Task Force guidelines do not recommend prostate exams or blood work, but you should read about them and make your own decision. Read about the pros and cons HERE..


     MEN AND WOMEN: COLONOSCOPY (men and women ages 50-74) is the best way to screen for colon polyps that can turn into cancer and get rid of them at the same time. If you are totally opposed to colonoscopy, you can do a take home stool sample test yearly that checks you for blood in the stool. If it's positive, get the colonoscopy!


     DIABETICS:Diabetics should have their feet and blood tests checked by their doctor at least every 6 months, their eyes checked by a eye specialist every year and should keep their flu, pneumonia, tetanus and shingles vaccines up to date.


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