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Dallas County Health and Human Services Seasonal Flu Vaccines

DALLAS (Sept. 1, 2015) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is now offering the seasonal flu vaccine for adults at the main clinic on Stemmons Freeway. The cost is $20. If the adult is covered by Medicare, the vaccine is free. DCHHS is awaiting shipment of the children’s vaccine. “Now is the time for everyone to get their …

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The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

By Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson On June 4th, 2015, I was proud to join Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) as he introduced bipartisan mental health reform legislation, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Rep. Murphy and I have worked together during the past two years to make meaningful changes to our mental health system to better serve …

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Tattoos Can Cause Serious Adverse Reactions

by Tia Ghose Getting inked may have long-term consequences beyond just having to live with your ex-girlfriend’s name on your bicep for decades. About 1 in 10 people who get tattoos experiences problems with the tattoo, including infection, itching, swelling and redness, according to a small study in the June issue of the journal Contact Dermatitis. Many people in the …

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Stand Up and Educate for this year’s American Stroke Awareness Month

The focus of this year’s American Stroke Month effort is making sure there are plenty of stroke heroes ready to save lives — and quality of life — from stroke. We hope you’ll join in by learning the F.A.S.T. signs and sharing them with as many people as possible. Teach your family, friends and coworkers to spot a stroke F.A.S.T. …

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March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older. The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from …

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American Heart Awareness Month News: Palliative care puts treatment decisions in heart failure patients’ hands

When it comes to treating advanced heart failure, more may not always be better. Aggressive treatments for advanced heart failureinclude complex pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and mechanical devices to pump blood through the body. However, some patients with advanced heart failure may prefer to emphasize symptom relief, comfort and support along with medical therapy, according to Larry Allen, M.D., MHS, assistant professor …

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2015 Open Enrollment

The Open Enrollment period for 2015 coverage is November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. If you haven’t enrolled in 2015 coverage by February 15, you generally can’t buy Marketplace health coverage for 2015 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Deadlines if you have 2014 coverage If you were enrolled in a 2014 Marketplace plan, your coverage ended December …

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