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myWellness Choices 2014 – Surviving Flu Season

We all face the challenge of staying flu free in winter. The first step is to get a free flu shot offered to university employees, but there are lots of other ways to be proactive.

From eating foods that build immunity, to hand washing and getting enough rest, we can do a lot to ensure a flu free winter.

App of the Month: FluView
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/apps/fluview-mobile-app.html
If you’ll be travelling a lot this winter, you may want to check out this app put out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that gives an overview of flu activity across the country.

Enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season!

A great way to start is by maintaining a healthy life style. Did you know that aerobic exercise like Zumba and Cardio Fusion can actually help to prevent the flu? And, learning to relax and stress less through Yoga and Meditation can help to bolster your immune system? Learn more by visiting http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/11-tips-prevent-cold-flu. Then, take a look at what the new winter session of university subsidized wellness programs has to offer at http://benefits.jhu.edu/wellness/healthyliving.cfm.

How do you know if you have the flu? Go to Flu Facts and remember Fever, Aches, Chills, Tiredness and Sudden Onset are common symptoms of the flu. With more facts and videos at your fingertips, you won’t have to wonder if you have the flu or just a common cold. If you do need to make a visit to the doctor, consider an urgent care center rather than the Emergency Room. Under the university’s medical plans, employees pay a $50 copay for urgent care visits versus a $100 copay for visits to the ER.

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