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Although most cases of the flu occur in January and February, flu season runs from October through May, so it’s smart to get vaccinated early.

“The benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risks related to the vaccine,” said Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med.

“The vaccine will keep you and your family from a lot of aggravation and prevent serious complications. Everyone has to choose if the vaccine is right for themselves or their children. Before you decide if the vaccine is right for you or your children, I caution people to read from expert resources and to not believe everything they read on the internet or hear at the supermarket about the flu vaccine.”

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Each year, thousands of kids are sent to the ER with toy-related injuries. The most common injury is small toy parts getting lodged in a child’s throat. Here are some buying guidelines to keep your little ones safe this holiday season.

Infants/Toddlers

  • Toys should be at least 1 ¼’’ in diameter and 2 ¼’’ long to prevent choking hazards.
  • If there are batteries, the compartment cover should be secured with screws so children can’t pry it open.
  • Make sure toys can withstand being chewed on.
  • Riding toys should only be used by children who are able to sit up on their own.

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The 2017 Christmas season is upon us, and few cities in Ohio celebrate the holiday as well as Cambridge. In fact, the website Only In Your State ranks Cambridge as one of the Top 10 Christmas cities in the state!

Below are just some of the activities taking place in Cambridge from now through the New Year.

Dickens Victorian Village

Historic Downtown Cambridge transforms into a classic Victorian Village, depicting more than 80 scenes from Charles Dickens’ classic novels. Visitors can stroll down Wheeling Ave. between 6th St. and 11th St. to see these scenes depicted by more than 160 life-size mannequins dressed in 1850s clothing.

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Keeping your loved ones healthy during their healthcare stay is a priority. If you’re visiting a friend or family member, it’s important to be a good visitor and employ the basic principles of infection prevention. This is especially true during flu season.

According to the CDC, influenza (the flu) is a serious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses, which can cause mild to severe illnesses. Seasonal influenza activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The flu is associated with approximately 200,000 hospital admissions and as many as 49,000 deaths annually in the United States. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

In order to prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses, most healthcare facilities have policies in place that limit visitors during the flu season. Often times, these policies prohibit visitors who are 12 years of age and younger. This is because children often carry viruses without exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

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Diabetes is a growing concern among many health officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes, but 90% are unaware.
  • 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
  • Nearly 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States every year.
  • More than 10% of adults ages 20 and older have diabetes.
  • More than 25% of adults ages 65 and older have diabetes.
  • Diabetes contributes to more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

Type 2 diabetes, a largely preventable condition, accounts for 90-95% of all cases of diabetes in the United States.

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Diabetes has become one of the most common health risks over the past decade.

There are currently more than 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes – a 50% increase over the past 10 years. According to the World Health Organization, that number is expected to double by the year 2030.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate glucose (blood sugar).

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Understanding pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes will help you make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to prevent or manage these serious health conditions.

Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition that results when the body does not process insulin properly and can’t regulate blood sugar levels. In this stage, the amount of glucose in the blood stream is higher than normal, but it’s not quite high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.

People who are overweight, don’t exercise, or have a family history if type 2 diabetes are most at-risk of developing prediabetes.

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Do you have diabetes? Are you struggling to manage this health condition? Get help from the Southeastern Med Wellness Resources team.

Our free diabetes education program includes:

One Private Session

  • Discuss how you’re currently managing your diabetes
  • Learn how to use a glucose meter
  • Learn about oral medication, insulin injections and other medication

newbornWithdrawal from substance abuse in adults is considered one of the worst parts of “getting clean.” Withdrawal symptoms are caused by a decreased level of the substance in the body of a person who has grown accustomed to prolonged use. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on the substance and the duration of use.

Mild withdrawal symptoms include confusion and irritability. Severe symptoms include intense abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, drenching sweats, seizures and even death.

Now, imagine you are a nurse caring for a patient who is showing signs of withdrawal, but your patient is a brand new baby.

 Increased opioid addiction has caused a need for more foster families in Guernsey County

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Southeastern Med is participating in the National Family Partnership’s Red Ribbon Week. This annual observance is dedicated to drug use prevention, education and advocacy.

This year’s theme is: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Throughout the month of October, all babies born at Southeastern Med will go home with a red hat and educational information for the child’s parents.