To help Florida residents prepare for Hurricane Irma, we will temporarily allow members who reside in all Florida counties to get an early refill [...]

Keeping Influenza at Bay

Posted on Aug 31st 2017 by Florida Blue

Across the state, Florida families are back from vacation and preparing for back-to-school season, football season and more. With all this activity, it’s easy to forget that flu season is also just around the corner. Influenza, or flu, viruses usually begin to show up in October, and the season can last through fall and winter or longer. The flu is very contagious. People with weakened [...]

Earlier this year, my husband, Gary, had triple-bypass open heart surgery. We went from being a family who had only the occasional prescription for antibiotics to one managing multiple medications each day. This was a big change in a lot of ways, including finding a way to stick to Gary’s new drug regimen so he’d stay healthy. [...]

#BlueGivesBlood

Posted on Jul 25th 2017 by Elana Schrader, M.D.

Did you know that every blood donation could help save as many as three lives?  It’s a fact we all should know and share because the need for blood is every day. Recently the world recognized June 14, 2017 as World Blood Donor Day.  It is a day we acknowledge the role of blood donors and the impact their donations have had in their local communities, their nations and the worl [...]

Is It A Dental Emergency?

Posted on Jul 11th 2017 by Florida Blue

Most of us are not always certain of what constitutes a dental emergency. A dental emergency could require a visit to the emergency room, a routine visit to your dentist, or potentially after hours care or consultation. You ultimately must determine the severity of the emergency. Dental emergencies can range from a dental abscess that could potentially threat [...]

Yelling for help. Splashing violently. Gasping loudly. These are all signs of drowning we’ve seen played out in movies and on TV. But we all know that real life isn’t always how it appears on the big screen. And in reality, drowning looks very different from this. When someone thinks they might be in danger, they might call out for help. But if they actually begin to drown, their body b [...]

Google “men’s health” and you’ll likely find ways to get those six-pack abs you’ve always wanted. But there’s more to good health than having a ripped core and bulging biceps. June is national Men’s Health Month, so we’ve put together a list of some of the most common men’s health issues … and what you can do to prevent or manage them. [...]

For many of us, family has a tremendous influence in shaping our lives. For Lana Lenzini, a Network Development Contractor in Orlando, it shaped her desire to help others. When Lana was young, her mother was diagnosed with severe depression, and as Lana grew up, she watched her mom wrestle with the disease. After her mother’s diagnosis, she spent a lot of time with her [...]

My son, Max, has all the qualities that you’d expect in an almost-11-year-old boy. He’s smart, precocious, curious, funny and adventurous. He’s an outgoing and popular kid, and he’s got big plans. These things are all apparent if you talk with him for just a few minutes. [...]

Your daughter is about to drive across the country to attend college in another state. Do you watch her pack and wish her good luck? Or do you take her to get her car checked out before she leaves, just to make sure the engine runs properly and the tires have enough tread? You notice an expired safety notice posted in the elevator. Do you take the stairs, or think, “This is probably fin [...]

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