Don't Let the Flu Get to You!

September 01, 2017

With nearly 200,000 Americans being hospitalized each year after a flu diagnosis, it’s important to ensure that you and your family are protected this flu season.

Influenza, also known as the flu, is an incredibly contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus. It can cause mild or severe illness and, at times, can lead to death. Though many people believe the flu is the same as a cold, they are very different. The flu usually comes on suddenly and causes some, if not all, of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

Unfortunately, anyone can get the flu – even if you’re the healthy. Serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people have a higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years of age or older, those of any age with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, pregnant women, and young children.

Getting a flu shot can lower your risk of getting the flu and needing to see a doctor, according to a report published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To decrease your chances of getting the flu, make sure you call us at (888) 499-9303 to schedule an appointment for your flu vaccination.

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Say Cheese! Retinal Eye Exams Are a Snap

January 01, 2017

Getting a retinal eye exam is as easy as posing for a photo, and for those with diabetes, it’s priceless to visual health. Instead of capturing a Kodak moment, a picture of the back of the eyes is taken so that doctors can look for any potential damage or disease caused by diabetes. If left unchecked, vision loss and blindness may occur.

Retinal eye exams should be performed once a year for all patients ages 18 to 75 who have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The test is simple, painless and takes less than 15 minutes. There are no side effects and eye dilation is not typically required. 

The best part is that the exam is available at six AltaMed locations:

  • Boyle Heights
  • Commerce
  • El Monte
  • Garden Grove
  • Pico Rivera, Slauson
  • Santa Ana, Bristol

Retinal exams are likely covered by your health insurance, but if they’re not, they only cost $17 at these locations. To set up an appointment or for more information, please call our Patient Contact Center at (888) 499-9303.

 

HIV/AIDS Awareness

December 01, 2016

The AIDS epidemic may no longer be in the news as much as it used to, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide, with more than 35 million people living with HIV across the globe; 2 million dying each year, and 270,000 being children. 

These devastating numbers are why December is designated AIDS Awareness Month. Besides showing support for those living with HIV, and remembering those who have passed, organizations dedicated to the cause spend this month reminding the world that HIV has not been cured. Raising awareness, improving education and fighting stigma are still part of the battle. 

In the U.S., more than 1 million Americans live with HIV, and 1 in 5 are unaware. It is everyone’s responsibility to get tested and know the results, and to encourage loved ones to do the same. The more people work to raise awareness, the closer the nation is to an AIDS-free generation. 

As a leader in California health care, AltaMed offers simple, confidential and private HIV and STDs testing at many service locations. In fact, AltaMed uses the HIV Rapid Test, which lets people find out their results in just 20 minutes. Anyone can make an appointment, walk into one of the AltaMed locations or visit a mobile testing unit, which travels throughout Los Angeles. 

On AltaMed.org, people can also find many educational resources about the HIV and AIDS health care services AltaMed offers, including specialty care, case management, treatment, prevention programs and one-on-one counseling. AltaMed has a team of highly skilled experts ready to provide everyone with quality care without exception. 

AltaMed can answer questions about its HIV/AIDS services at (888)-455-5540 and has many helpful resources on AltaMed.org/hiv. 

It’s time to show solidarity by wearing a red ribbon, and making an effort to learn more and help educate family and friends about the real facts about HIV and AIDS.