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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Penn Medicine Wants You to Stay Healthy: Get Your Flu Shot Today!

Vaccination is the best protection against contracting the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu as soon the 2011-2012 vaccine becomes available.

“Every flu season, different flu viruses develop and spread,” says Charles Schwartz, MD, PennCare® for Kids. “The flu can affect people differently based on their body’s ability to fight infection.”

That is why yearly vaccination is critically important for protection against the flu. Penn Medicine has received its supply of flu vaccine and mist and the staff urges you to make an appointment today.

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November is American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month and it is a great time to learn about this disease and its impact. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States have diabetes. If recent trends continue, one in three adults may have diabetes by the year 2050. This is particularly alarming given that the U.S. currently spends $116 billion each year for diabetes medical care.

The Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center is dedicated to state-of-the-art treatment and prevention of diabetes. The center provides a variety of services to help patients and families manage diabetes and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Patients at the Rodebaugh Center have access to a multidisciplinary team of Penn diabetes specialists and endocrinologists utilizing the most advanced clinical therapies and translating the latest research into progressive care.

Services at the center include:
  • Diabetes education program
  • Nutrition and diet counseling
  • Podiatry (foot care)
  • Insulin pump program
  • Continuous glucose monitoring system
Learn more about diabetes and services at Penn’s Rodebaugh Diabetes Center

myPennMedicine: Giving Patients Access to their Online Medical Records

Penn Medicine patients now have access to their online medical records through myPennMedicine. Currently, Penn Medicine is the only health system in the region to offer patients this online health management tool. It gives patients the ability to submit routine requests for prescription refills, referrals or appointments as well as view lab results, medication lists and health summaries without having to pick up the phone.

Learn more about myPennMedicine and register to win a free iPad

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