8 Myths about the Flu debunked!

With the Winter season approaching, the common cold and the flu are right around the corner. Every flu season (Fall and Winter with the peak of flu season anywhere from late November through March), as many as 20% of Americans get sick with a virus that can cause serious, even lethal complications (not to mention the general awfulness of a fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, sore throat, and headache). So how come there are still so many myths and rumors about the flu?

The most important MYTH that i have come across is this: If you got a flu shot last year, you do not need a flu shot this year. This is so FALSE! Viruses are always changing and there are new ones in the environment every season. Flu shots vary in composition every year, based on this year’s viruses. Therefore it is important to get a flu shot EVERY YEAR without fail.

Misinformation can increase susceptibility and open us up as targets for illness, and Bankers Healthcare Group is a company devoted to providing physician loans, and they are partnering with doctors around the country as well as bloggers like me to debunk these myths!

Here are some more MYTHS about the Flu, which are definitely NOT TRUE according to scientific research.

  1. The Flu is just a bad cold – FALSE
  2. The Flu Vaccine can give you the flu – FALSE
  3. Getting the flu vaccine is all you need to do to prevent flu – FALSE
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15 Useful Tips for Smarter Baby Formula Shopping!

1.   Don’t Stock Up Before the Birth

If you’re planning to use formula, ask your pediatrician for a recommendation, but don’t buy much of it until after your baby is born.

Your baby may prefer one type of formula or be able to tolerate only a particular brand, so be prepared to experiment. No matter what brand you settle on, if your baby shows signs of intolerance, such as gas, a rash, persistent vomiting, bloody stools, diarrhea, or any other unusual symptom, consult your pediatrician. You may need to switch brands or change to a hydrolyzed or soy-based formula, or to a formula specially formulated to combat your baby’s condition.

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Insurance during pregnancy – Most important questions to ask

Health insurance is very complicated and it is mainly because there are so many Insurance-Questions-Iconfactors that effect it. There is no single solution for everyone so it is very important to do your own research for your specific needs before you jump into it so you can avoid surprises and plan ahead. Here are some quick tips that may work for you.

Having a baby usually involves 3 phases from the insurance and doctor visit standpoint:
Phase 1 —- monthly prenatal checkup for mom (which get more frequent as the due date approaches) Continue reading