Author Archives: Lara Abramov

Blue Care Network now offering free, 24-hour Nurse Advice Line to members

It was summer and he was washing my car in the driveway. A relatively healthy guy, my husband has no chronic health problems, exercises regularly, watches what he eats and has an enviable BMI. So when he came into the…

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Committed to quitting: What inspires me to quit smoking

We all know what smoking can do to your heart. It’s no secret. That’s why I always felt like such a jerk for smoking – I was breaking my own heart and putting myself on the waiting list for heart…

Want to contribute to a healthier Michigan? Get your flu shot today!

“I’m not sure if I want to get my flu shot,” my husband said as we stood in line at the pharmacy over the weekend. “Why?” I replied, “It won’t hurt, and you can’t get the flu from getting the shot,”…

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Holiday ‘well’ wishes: Spread flu awareness, not the flu, when traveling

The holiday season is here! For many, this time of year means traveling to get together with family and friends whom we may not see often. You may be traveling by car, train or plane, but do you know to protect yourself…

Blue Care Network is making it easier and more rewarding to get your flu shot

HMO. Health maintenance organization. To those of us who work for or have HMO health insurance, it means that there’s a huge emphasis on preventive care. During the fall and winter, being an HMO member means that you’ll hear how…

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Don’t become a member of the walking dead: How animals affect flu viruses

Who doesn’t love Sunday night TV? One of my favorite shows is the The Walking Dead. Yes, I’m a zombie connoisseur, intrigued and humored by zombie lore and legend for as long as I can remember. So, in the last episode of…

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Are you ready for the 2013 flu season?

As a life-long Michigander, this time of year promises many seasonal changes that I’ve grown accustomed to:  turning foliage, earlier sunsets, cooling temperatures and, unfortunately, the flu. Truth be told, I’ve never gotten a flu shot. Never. Like many, I…

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June is home safety month – Facts and prevention tips

Your home is supposed to be a place where you and your loved ones feel safe and secure. It’s your sanctuary, your place of respite from the demands of the world. Unfortunately, home safety – or the lack thereof –…

“Vac Facts”: MMR – one shot combating three killers

Measles, mumps and rubella – three different diseases that can each have fatal consequences. Since the creation of the MMR vaccine, cases of measles, mumps and rubella have fallen tremendously