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10.31.13 Local Physician Offers Tips to Prepare for 2013 Flu Season

The beginning of fall marks the start of flu season as physicians prepare for the rush of patients experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 5-20% of Americans contract the flu each year.

The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness that infects the throat, nose and lungs, causing mild to serve symptoms. Common flu symptoms include high fever, severe aches and pains, headache, dry cough, sore throat, and an upset stomach. Dr. Terence Rhone, extensivist for CareMore Health Plan, Upland, suggests people prepare for flu season by learning how to prevent and reduce the spread of the virus.

"The best thing you can do to prevent contracting the flu is get a flu shot," said Dr. Rhone. "Flu vaccines are available at most doctors' offices, pharmacies, clinics, college health centers and some schools."

CareMore Health Plans are subsidiaries of WellPoint that operate multiple plans under three federally-approved Medicare Advantage contracts. The plans serve a total of more than 60,000 Medicare members throughout Southern California, Northern California, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. CareMore specializes in health care services that help Medicare beneficiaries who are chronically ill and/or frail.

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