65 or older? Learn how you can help protect your health this season

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(BPT) – If you’re a baby boomer, you’ve heard about the importance of getting your flu vaccine every year. However, you may be less familiar with how you can help protect yourself against other vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases like pneumococcal pneumonia. “Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common bacterial pneumonia occurring in adults. It is a serious…

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Tips to help navigate health benefits open enrollment amid COVID-19

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(BPT) – The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people nationwide to live differently, including new challenges when it comes to navigating the health system and accessing care. Whether people are enrolling in a health plan offered through an employer, state-based exchange or government-sponsored program such as Medicare or Medicaid, this fall’s open-enrollment season for health benefits…

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Glaucoma: What you need to know about ‘the sneak thief of sight’

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(BPT) – “Will I go blind?” It’s a frightening thought that most people have when they are first told they have glaucoma. “Patients are almost always concerned that they are going to lose their vision,” said Dr. Andrew Iwach, executive director of the Glaucoma Center of San Francisco. “The good news for the majority of…

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5 reasons doctors urge everyone to get a flu shot now

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(BPT) – As our country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a potentially dangerous season is beginning: flu season. The threat of the pandemic will become more complicated by increasing cases of the flu, making more people ill and putting further strain on the U.S. health care system. Pediatric epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist Dr. Emily…

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