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Important information for the 2011-2012 influenza season
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, everyone over the age of 6 months should get an annual flu vaccination. The flu vaccination is intended to protect as many people as possible from the dangers of the seasonal flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control have said that the following individuals are at a much higher risk for complications resulting from the flu:


How will the flu affect you?
Symptoms of the influenza virus vary from person to person. Influenza is a respiratory virus, meaning that it attacks the nose, throat and chest of those infected. Typical flu symptoms include high fevers, respiratory distress, headaches, muscle aches and fatigue. Although everyone who is unvaccinated is at risk, women who are pregnant, individuals over the age of 50 and children under the age of 5 are at highest risk of complications from the flu virus.

What does the vaccine do?
Each year a flu vaccine is developed to protect against the three influenza viruses that are predicted to be most prevalent during the upcoming season. The vaccine includes a formulary which is designed to build antibodies in the immune system that help to fight the flu virus. Keep in mind, however, that immunity begins around two weeks after the vaccine is received.

Prevention
The influenza virus is thought to be spread by the coughing, sneezing and talking of an individual with the virus. Most illnesses, complications and/or death caused by influenza can be prevented by the annual vaccination. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the following everyday actions that can be taken to prevent the spread of diseases such as influenza:
What to do if you have the flu
Once the diagnosis of influenza has been made, the main treatment is rest and lots of fluids. Other symptomatic treatments include Tylenol, Advil, decongestants, cough medications and antiviral medications as prescribed by your doctor. There is also an option of preventative treatment for those who are in close contact with you and at high risk for complications. If you start to experience body aches, fatigue, fever, and respiratory symptoms, EHS suggests that you contact docs@ehsdocs.com immediately.


Events Corner: USAgainstAlzheimer's
Executive Healthcare Services would like to commend USAgainstAlzheimer's for their dedication and leadership in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia and is estimated to affect 5% of individuals between the ages of 65-74 and 50% of individuals over the age of 85. USAgainstAlzheimer's has stood alongside congressional members during the introduction of the SPRINT Act.

The "Spending Reductions Through Innovations in Therapies" (SPRINT) Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to speed the drug development system in hopes of ultimately finding a cure for chronic diseases such as Alzheimer's. If you would like to add your name to a letter in support of SPRINT, or to receive more information, please email Elizabeth Plant at eplant@usagainstalzheimers.org.


The EHS Difference
We are a distinctive primary care office and Executive Physical center founded on traditional family medicine values, caring for a limited number of individuals and families through a fee-based membership practice (concierge-style practice). This uniquely low ratio of patients per doctor, allows very personalized, proactive care by the doctors and staff alike. Our entire staff's focus is on the coordination and implementation of care plans, for both acute and chronic issues, as well as prevention.

EHS offers individuals, families and our partner-companies' key employees the synergy of an exceptional medical care and Executive Physicals along with the even more important, 24-7-365 personalized care and follow-up necessary for optimization of one's health.

Through our healthcare-concierge services and personalized care, we make healthcare convenient and hassle free for our clients. We are your partner in decision making as well as your medical advocate. The EHS care model provides the medical care you need and the peace of mind you deserve in today's fragmented, impersonal health care system.

For our corporate partners, this results not only in better health for their key employees, but improved productivity (reduced absenteeism and presenteeism), improved recruitment and retention, and a proven positive return on investment.

For more information on our program, please see www.EHSdocs.com.

Sincerely,
Executive Healthcare Services


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