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  • teenager talking to a doctor in the doctor’s office

    Preparing Older Children to Make Medical Decisions for Themselves

    Children should be able to participate in their health care, even from a young age. This will help them make… should talk to the child using language that is easy for the child to understand. The doctor should tell them about any illness and treatment…

  • From a Family Doctor: Adults Need Vaccines Too

    up protection against certain diseases. Vaccines can help protect you from getting seriously ill and can be important if you have any chronic health conditions that increase your risk for serious complications. Curious about what vaccines you may need? Complete the CDC’s Adult Vaccine…

  • Doctor examining a child, checking her throat and tonsils. Common tonsillitis symptoms include redness and feeling like your throat or neck glands are swollen due to inflammation of the tonsils.

    Tonsillitis

    Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that happens when they become infected by a virus or bacteria. It is… A sore throat that lasts more than two days (with or without a fever or stomach pain) A fever above 103°F Extreme illness, fatigue, or…

  • Influenza

    Our influenza health hub offers important information and resources to help you understand and manage your condition… be hospitalized when they have the flu, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read Article Flu Risks and Chronic Conditions Chronic health conditions such…

  • An ill young woman with a fever holds an ice bag on her head while resting in bed. A cold and the flu are viral infections that affect the respiratory system.

    Colds and the Flu

    Learn about the symptoms of and treatments for colds and the flu… or ear drainage Difficulty waking up Irritability Seizures Symptoms that improve and then return with a fever or worse cough Worsening of chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease) Vomiting or…

  • Sickle Cell Disease

    Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic red blood cell disorder… and feet Other symptoms of SCD include: Jaundice (the yellowing of skin and whites of your eyes) Swollen hands and feet Severe chronic pain Severe infections Organ damage What causes sickle cell disease? SCD…

  • Sad-looking teenage boy standing on a bridge thinking about suicide

    Teen Suicide

    Teen suicide is when a teenager ends their own life. It can be impulsive or planned. However, not all suicide… using drugs, or hurting themselves Getting in trouble with the law Depression is a main cause of suicide. It’s a complex illness that can cloud judgment…

  • hand using pencil to point at chest X-ray

    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP)

    Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is caused by a fungus. People whose immune systems are weak due to an HIV infection or… SMX is a combination of two medicines. Ask your doctor if you should be taking this medicine (or another medicine) to prevent illness. Talk to…

  • Health Insurance: Understanding What It Covers

    Health insurance plans differ in terms of what they cover. All plans offered by the federal marketplace, however, must cover… Your health insurance policy is an agreement between you and your insurance company. The policy lists a package of medical benefits such as tests, drugs,…

  • An older woman gets a flu shot. There are a lot of myths surrounding the flu.

    Flu Myths

    The flu is something to take seriously. But it’s important to sort out fact from fiction to stay healthy… The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection. It occurs in your respiratory (breathing) area and affects your throat, lungs, and nose. There are a…

  • illustration of a blood vessel carrying blood cells

    Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

    Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder. When you have ITP, your immune system destroys the platelets in your… What is idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)? Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is a bleeding disorder. “Idiopathic” means the cause of the condition is unknown. “Thrombocytopenic”…

  • Blood Clots

    Blood clots are clumps of blood that form inside your body and can be harmful or even deadly if they… What are blood clots? Blood clots are differently sized clumps of blood that have formed inside your body. Clotting is important to prevent excessive bleeding…

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

    Find out the answers to the most commonly asked questions for the new COVID-19 vaccine… What is an mRNA vaccine and how does it work? Most vaccines (or immunizations) work by injecting a weakened form of a disease germ into your body. This is usually done…

  • A older couple biking together outdoors

    What You Can Do to Maintain Your Health

    Good health can decrease your risk of developing certain conditions. Learn what you can do to maintain your health… A lot of factors play a role in staying healthy. In turn, good health can decrease your risk of developing certain diseases or conditions. These include…

  • Boy wearing mouth mask surrounded by air pollution

    Air Pollution

    Outdoor air pollution is a mix of gases and toxic particles in the air we breathe. Regular exposure to it… Outdoor air pollution is a mix of natural and man-made particles in the air. Regular exposure to it can harm our health when we breathe…

  • Follow these recommendations to help you relax, stay healthy and feel safe during air travel.

    Air Travel Health Tips

    One key to air travel is to prepare ahead of time. Follow these tips to make your air travel healthier… Traveling can be a big process, especially when you’re flying. It can be hard to relax, stay healthy, and feel safe. This applies whether you’re…

  • woman with stomach ache lying on sofa

    Antiemetic Medicines: OTC Relief for Nausea and Vomiting

    Over the counter medicines can provide relief for nausea and vomiting, but there are a number of precautions to be… Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are medicines you can buy without a prescription from your doctor. Medicines that treat nausea and vomiting are called antiemetics. Several…

  • A woman sits on the couch with one hand holding her head and the other hand holding her stomach. Good gut health improves your physical health, mental well-being, and boosts your immunity against infection.

    Optimizing Your Gut Health: Tips, Myths, and the Gut-Brain Connection

    Good gut health improves your physical health, mental well-being, and boosts your immunity against infection… You’ve likely had that “gut” feeling about an important decision in your life. But your gut can also alert you to something physical. Your gut is a short name for…

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