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 80,000 p [...]

Busting Myths About Flu Shots

Posted on Aug 31st 2018 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.   Myth: I could get the flu from the flu shot. Fact: The flu shot does no [...]

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 [...]

Declared by the Center for Disease Control to be a nationwide epidemic, the opioid crisis gripping America has become the deadliest health issue in recent history. The numbers are staggering. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, killing over 64,000 people last year. That’s more than c [...]

Being Healthy Together

Posted on Nov 6th 2017 by Florida Blue

Looking for ways to have fun with family and friends… and be healthy?  Try out these activities: Get moving: If you’re looking to get your blood flowing, a group class with qualified instructors can be just the place. And there is no shortage of options, from tai chi to aqua aerobics. Don’t f [...]

Get Your Colorectal Screening

Posted on Nov 6th 2017 by Florida Blue

When was the last time you had a colorectal screening? Regular screening can help find colon cancer early, when treatment is more effective. If you haven’t had a colorectal cancer screening recently, ask your doctor what colorectal cancer screening is right for you. You have options, and they are all available at no extra cost, ranging from colonoscopy to in-home screening kits. Don’t wait. Tal [...]

Don’t Forget Your Flu Shot

Posted on Nov 6th 2017 by Florida Blue

If you normally don’t get a flu shot, or you think the flu shot doesn’t work, keep this in mind: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors different flu virus strains and works to make sure each year’s vaccine is the right one to protect you. Getting your annual flu shot is the single best way to prevent seasonal flu. You can get your $0 flu sh [...]

Hurricane Irma was a record-breaking storm which dealt a stunning blow to nearly the entire state of Florida.  Millions of Florida residents and tourists took to the roads attempting to evacuate the monster storm.  Nerves became frazzled, and stress levels skyrocketed, as gasoline and non-perishable food became scarce, and even the most remote of back roads became clogged with evacuat [...]

It’s time for your yearly checkup … Do you cringe just thinking of your doctor asking you about getting your colonoscopy?  If you answered yes, then keep reading to learn about other tests which are not so invasive. Colonoscopy (Inspection of the bowel using a long, flexible telescopic camera): A colonoscopy i [...]

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