Stay Safe in the Summer Sun

Posted on Jun 12th 2019 by Florida Blue

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy! A cool splash in the pool, boogie boarding at the beach and sun bathing are great for enjoying the weather. However, they also put you at risk for getting a sun burn. Before you go outdoors, be sure to protect your skin from head to toe. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin damage and even melanoma. Here’s what you can do to protect your [...]

We’re seeing a resurgence of two serious diseases in the U.S.: hepatitis A and measles. It’s important to be sure you and your family have been vaccinated for these so that you are protected against these diseases. The two blog posts below will update you on the news, getting your shots and recognizing symptoms. [...]

Parents make decisions every day that they hope will keep their kids happy and healthy. What they eat. If they play an instrument or sport. Whether they need braces. Your child’s doctor can offer advice on a lot of important topics. One of the most vital is getting their vaccinations on time. Without vaccines, they’re not fully protected from certain serious illnesses. As a doct [...]

Sometimes disease control can feel like whack-a-mole. Health officials declared measles eliminated from the U.S. in 2000. But this year a national measles outbreak infected more than 900 people in the U.S. by early June. It’s the most cases reported since 2000.  At the same time, an outbreak of Hepatitis A sickened more than 1,300 people in Florida and caused several deaths [...]

We recently announced a partnership with Professor George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University to develop consumer behavior analytics and testing strategies to help the company better engage with consumers so they can make more informed decisions that will lead to improved health outcomes. Loewenstein, considered one of the pioneers of behavioral economics, is the Herbert A. Simon [...]

It started out as a normal Saturday. Jack met a few friends at the neighborhood courts for a pick-up basketball game. About 20 minutes into the game, Jack went for a lay-up. When he landed, he turned sharply and twisted his knee. First he heard a loud popping sound. Then his leg buckled beneath him. It wasn’t the first time his knee hurt after playing, so Jack used what he always had— i [...]

Busting Myths About Flu Shots

Posted on Feb 20th 2019 by Florida Blue

Getting a flu shot every year is the best way to protect yourself, your community and those you love from the flu. However, many people avoid getting the vaccine because they’ve heard incorrect information about it. Here’s a look at myths and facts about the flu shot.   [...]

This is your mother’s flu shot. And your grandma’s. And your partner’s. And your preschooler’s. And your college student’s. The truth is, when you get the flu vaccine, you’re protecting everyone around you. Everyone you love, all your neighbors, even the bagger at the grocery checkout line. The CDC reports that last winter we lost 80, [...]

Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that influenza (flu) is one of the biggest health threats and a public health challenge.  The CDC is tracking the flu and the latest data indicates that flu activity is still widespread across the nation. Recently we sat down with Florida Blue’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, [...]

Are you considering traveling internationally during the holidays? Make sure you're covered with a plan built for international travel. Florida Blue offers GeoBlue plans that provide health insurance for short-term and frequent international travel.    GeoBlue helps you avoid health and security hazards when traveling abroad - and it's available in options th [...]

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