On the third Tuesday of September of every year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) holds its “Get Ready For Flu” day – 15th September 2020. Due to the current global crisis, this year’s “Get Ready For Flu” day is of particular importance. Although getting a bout of flu may not seem like such a big deal, it can actually have serious consequences. Fortunately, we have the power to protect ourselves and our loved ones with medical cost sharing.
Preparing for the flu season may seem complex and too expensive. Maybe, you feel like it’s better to just take your chances? That’s not an option when lives are on the line – nearly half a million Americans died from the flu last year. Don’t worry, getting your family ready for the flu season just became easier and more affordable with Scoop Health’s medical cost sharing.
What Are the Risks of the Flu?
Under normal circumstances, most people who get the flu will recover within two weeks with no lasting complications. Sometimes, things don’t work out so nicely. Many people develop complications from flu infection. Mild to moderate complications might include secondary bacterial infections such as laryngitis or sinusitis. These illnesses are generally self-limiting – they will get better on their own.
As the complications get worse, they tend to have more lasting effects. For example, pneumonia can cause permanent scarring in the lungs. Swelling of the brain and heart are other complications that can lead to permanent damage. The most serious complications include multi-organ failure, which can lead to death.
When the worst does come around, medical cost sharing is there to help you in your time of need.
Who is at Risk?
The most vulnerable people to flu complications include the elderly, pregnant mothers, and those who have chronic conditions – diabetes, asthma, and kidney disease among others.
Preventing Flu With Medical Cost Sharing
Medical cost sharing is a unique way of financing your medical expenses. Members join a medical cost sharing community focused on providing quality, affordable healthcare for all its members. Medical cost sharing members pay a monthly fee into a communal medical cost sharing fund, the fund is then called on to pay for qualifying health needs.
A major problem with the American healthcare system is that the average Joe just can’t afford to get care. With medical cost sharing, you can get the help you need without breaking the bank. This is a key part of fighting the flu.
Scoop Health medical cost sharing community is leading the revolution against unaffordable health care. We want our community to stay healthy. Our medical cost sharing community is built on our mutual commitment to leading healthy lives.
How Can We Prevent the Flu?
Flu season is inevitable. It comes from October to March every year. We can’t stop the flu but we can work together to stay healthy. Here are some key ways that we encourage our medical cost sharing community to avoid the flu:
Vaccines are the single most effective way of preventing the flu. Vaccine work by exposing your immune system to a germ that has been weakened so that it can’t make you sick. This allows your body to make antibodies to destroy the germ. So next time you are exposed to the germ, your body can fight it quickly and easily, preventing you from getting sick.
There are many myths about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Look at our post to learn the difference between fact and fiction.
With Scoop Health medical cost sharing, scheduled childhood vaccines are fully shareable. For your yearly flu jab, our medical cost sharing members have access to discounted medications and DPC (direct primary care).
In the last few months, we have learned a lot about the power of good hygiene in infection control. Good hygiene prevents all contagious diseases, including the flu. Here are some practices you should always use:
- Wash your hands regularly. Use both soap and water for at least twenty seconds. If you don’t have access to handwashing facilities, use a hand sanitizer rub with at least 70% alcohol. Don’t get taken for a ride, mixtures with less than 70% alcohol aren’t strong enough to kill microorganisms!
- Practice cough and sneeze etiquette. Cough or sneeze into a tissue that you immediately discard, alternatively you can use your bent elbow.
- Avoid leaving the house if you are sick to prevent spreading flu and keep away from those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands.
At Scoop Health medical cost sharing, we make it a point to educate our medical cost sharing community about the best health practices.
Look After Yourself
Make sure that you go to the doctor regularly to check you are in tip-top shape. This is particularly important if you have a chronic condition – to help you manage your condition and keep your immune system strong.
There is an age-old saying, ‘you are what you eat’. Keeping a healthy diet and exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy immune system and avoid infection.
Medical cost sharing members have access to DPC. With DPC, doctors offer concierge services like same or next-day appointments, discounted medications, and chronic disease management. Above and beyond these benefits, DPC doctors have a limited number of patients – meaning that they have a better personal relationship with each patient. A DPC doctor is a partner in health.
We provide access to many health and fitness resources for our medical cost sharing members, helping you to live your best, healthiest life.
Preventing the Flu At School
We want our children to be safe. Childhood diseases such as asthma make children especially vulnerable to flu complications. Scoop Health medical cost sharing community puts our children at the forefront of our focus. Here are some tips to help your child’s school:
- Find out if your school has an infection control policy for outbreaks. If they do not, ask them to contact the relevant health authorities.
- Implement a yearly vaccine drive – the more people that are vaccinated, the more protection the students have.
- Enquire about hygiene practices – cleaning practices, alcohol-based hand rubs, and handwashing facilities.
These hygiene practices are even more important during the current crisis – infection control works for all infectious diseases, not just flu or COVID.
Preventing Flu at the Office
Although many of us are working from home at the moment, we will eventually return to the office. When we do, it will probably be flu season. So, we need to double our infection control efforts to ensure that we don’t get the flu.
- Ask your employers to educate everyone about infection control policies.
- Frequently clean your personal workspace with disinfectant. Important areas are keyboards and phones.
- Ask your employers to ensure communal areas such as doorknobs, break rooms, and photocopiers are disinfected regularly.
- Educate your colleagues to stay at home if they are ill.
- Organize a flu vaccine drive at work.
Preparing Your Mind for Flu Season
At Scoop Health medical cost sharing, we believe that knowledge is power.
Here are some common lies that we are told about the flu:
If you have the flu you need an antibiotic. This is false, the flu is caused by a virus, this means that antibiotics don’t work on the virus itself. They only work on secondary infection.
Healthy people don’t need to get vaccinated. Again, this isn’t true. Vaccines have the potential to eradicate communicable diseases. We have seen this happen with smallpox. To achieve this, the entire community needs to be vaccinated. This results in ‘herd immunity’. Herd immunity is important because it protects those who cannot be vaccinated because they are too young or have medical conditions preventing them from getting vaccinated. Additionally, just because someone appears to be healthy doesn’t mean they can’t get the flu and associated complications.
You can get the flu from the cold. Another false claim. No matter what your grandma tells you, the flu is caused by the influenza virus.
The flu and the cold are the same. Yet another lie. The flu is more serious than a cold. The flu is caused by the influenza virus whereas, a cold is caused by the rhinovirus.
All we can do is keep informed and look after our families.
Fight the Flu Together With Scoop Health Medical Cost Sharing
We have a vaccine for the flu, we can fight it. Although the flu vaccine can’t protect you from COVID-19, it can prevent you from having flu. Not only does the flu put you at greater risk of getting COVID, it can also have its own very serious complications.
At Scoop Health medical cost sharing, we would like to remind you to please remember to wash your hands, retain social distancing, and get your flu shot!
With Scoop Health medical cost sharing, all you will have to pay for your doctor’s visit and vaccination is $40. This is much less than what your insurance levies and co-payments would be.