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The Flu Vaccine: Who Will You Do It For?

This time of year, it’s important to receive a flu vaccine. By becoming vaccinated, you protect yourself from getting sick and passing influenza to patients, co-workers, family members and others.

LMC is launching a flu vaccine campaign. Personalize a sign with the name of the person or persons for whom you get the flu vaccine. Then, ask someone to take a photo of you and your sign with a cell phone and post these pictures to Facebook or Instagram, or text the photo to your loved ones. Use hashtags #NotJustForYou! and #FluVaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated annually as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Vaccination is especially important for health care workers and those who live with or care for people at high risk of flu complications, such as children younger than 2 years, adults older than 65 years and pregnant women.

Sometimes, people can be skeptical of the flu vaccine. In this news video from WIS-TV, LMC doctor Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast talks about that.

Meanwhile, take everyday preventive steps to reduce the spread of germs:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink fluids and eat healthy foods.
• Cough into your sleeve instead of your hands if you do not have a tissue.
• If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without taking fever-reducing medicine.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

Are You Getting Enough?

Are You Getting Enough?
By: Morgan Robbins RD, LD at LMC

September is fruit and vegetable month and what better time to re-evaluate your diet to ensure you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables. Ninety percent of adults and children do not meet their daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake.

Vegetables

Adults need 1-3 cups of fruits per day and 1½ -4 cups of vegetables per day. Everyone has different requirements, to find out what you need daily, visit the Fruit and Vegetable Calculator. When in doubt, fill up half of your plate with a combination of fruits and veggies!

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Five Reasons to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet:
5. Quick and easy snacks- Fruits and veggies serve as easy, portable and healthy snacks for all to enjoy.
4. Reduce risk for disease- Adequate intake can lower risk for chronic disease and other health aliments.
3. Fiber- Fruits and veggies are full of fiber which helps you feel full and keeps your digestive system in check.
2. Variety- Fruits and vegetables come in an endless amount of shapes, textures, flavors and colors, leaving you with plenty of options.
1. Vitamins and Minerals- Fruits and veggies are loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep your body energized and healthy.

Are You At Risk: Lung Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its monthly physician lecture on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. This month’s topic is “Are You At Risk: Understanding Lung Cancer Screenings.” Myron Barwick, MD, FACS, of Lexington Surgical Associates will give the presentation. It’s free and open to the public.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. because only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with early stage disease.

Lexington Medical Center offers a new lung cancer screening program to help early detection. Qualified screening patients should be between the ages of 55-74 and have a 30 pack-year smoking history. If the patient is a former smoker, he or she must have quit within the past 15 years. Or, patients should be age 50 or older and have a 20 pack-year smoking history with one additional risk factor. A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, 1 pack year is equal to smoking 1 pack per day for 1 year or 2 packs per day for a half year.

Dr. Barwick talked about lung cancer and the screening program on WLTX today. The segment is below.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a monthly lecture series featuring physicians speaking out medical topics that are important to our community. For the calendar of future events, visit LexMed.com.