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, [...]

Be Diligent to Prevent the Flu

Posted on Jan 18th 2018 by Dr. Carm

Flu outbreaks are already widespread and may get worse. The flu is very contagious, and people with weakened immune systems, such as infants, children and the elderly, can be at risk for severe complications. People can spread the flu virus one day before they start to show symptoms, so you might interact with someone wh [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Each year, one in three older adults experiences a fall. Falls can lead to serious injuries, so it’s important to prevent them. Use the following tips to stay safe: Remove electrical cords and loose items from walkways. Have your eyes checked at least once a year. Install handrails and grab bars near steps and in showers a [...]

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 [...]