Every flu season is different but there’s one thing you can count on: there will be one. Flu season in the U.S. can
begin as early as October and continue into late May. Perhaps you’ve already noticed an uptick in coughing and sneezing on the train, in the office or at school, but it’s not too late to take action and keep your family happy and healthy throughout flu season.
Curtis Mann, MD, Family Medicine at NorthShore, shares some top tips for keeping the flu from catching up with you and the rest of your
family this season:
Do you make sure to get the flu vaccine every year?
“How are you feeling?” is probably one of the first questions your doctor will ask during your annual visit. If you haven’t
needed to see your doctor between physicals, your answer will most likely be, “Fine.” It won't be until later that you remember all the miscellaneous symptoms, heath issues, and aches and pains from the last year.
Don’t miss another opportunity to maximize your time with your doctor. By planning and preparing beforehand, you ensure that you’ll remember to ask the correct questions during the limited time you have with your primary care physician.
Curtis Mann, MD, Family Medicine at NorthShore, offers some tips on how to make the most of your time with your doctor:
Do you have a yearly physical? How do you make the most of your annual visit?
While the options may seem endless, selecting your primary care physician—typically a doctor who practices Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or General Practice—may be one of the most important health decisions you can make. Not only will you build a relationship
with this physician over time, but he or she can provide you with preventive care that may help improve your overall health.
Everyone may have different preferences when it comes to choosing a doctor. Similar to hiring for fit, selecting your primary care physician can be a similar task. One thing to keep in mind: It’s best to choose a physician before you need one, this way you
can build a relationship and share your health history without having to rush to a decision.
John Revis, MD, Internal Medicine physician at NorthShore, provides some quick tips on what to consider when selecting your primary care physician:
How long have you had your primary care physician? What qualities do you look for in a doctor?
It's the start of Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day is just around the corner. This makes it a perfect time to think
about the health of the men in your life (and your own!). Making simple changes to your daily habits may help reduce your risk for illness and other medical conditions.
Matthew Plofsky, MD, Family Medicine Physician at NorthShore, recommends the following five tips for promoting health and wellness:
What do you do to promote healthy habits? Have you changed your routine recently in an effort to be healthier?