A simple phone call might have saved Shari’s life. A CDPHP community health specialist called Shari and offered to help her set up an appointment for a cervical cancer screening, commonly known as a Pap test. Shari decided that there was no time like the present and picked a day and time to see her OB/GYN.
I don’t know about you, but when the holiday season rolls around, I’m like…give me all the treats! It starts with Halloween candy and goes right up until New Year’s Day, if I’m being completely honest. While I exercise regularly and even joined a new gym this year that really got me out of my comfort zone and improved my strength and endurance (I got my fitness reimbursement, too!), what you’re putting into your body also matters. A lot. And some of us are now over 35 with two kids, which doesn’t help anything (cough, ME, cough).
The weather turns colder, the seasons change from fall to winter, and the first real signs of flu season are visible. Flu season begins in October, and runs through May, but the peak times for the flu are often seen in December, January, and February.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that during the 2018-2019 flu season, somewhere between 37.4 and 42.9 million people in the United States were sick with the flu – and well over half a million hospitalizations were linked to people who had the flu.
If the numbers aren’t enough reason to convince you that it’s time to get your flu shot, or if you have doubts about whether a flu shot works, here are 10 quick facts for you to use: