• Greater Family Health Community Connect - Flu & COVID-19 Vaccines, Giving Tuesday, Risks of Smoking During Pregnancy and More!

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    Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines Available!
    It is likely that both the flu and COVID-19 will be spreading simultaneously this fall and winter season, which is why it’s important to get both the flu and COVID-19 vaccine.
    The flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19, and COVID-19 vaccines do not protect against the flu. Both the flu and COVID-19 can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), becoming sick with the flu, COVID-19, or another respiratory illness at the same time is very possible. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. However, diagnostic tests can help determine if you are sick with the flu or COVID-19.
    Flu shots are recommended for everyone older than 6 months, with a few exceptions. The CDC says that young children, pregnant women, individuals that are age 65 or older, and adults with underlying medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes, heart disease & stroke, HIV/AIDS, cancer, or chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu, so it is particularly important that they receive the flu shot.
    The CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Although COVID-19 tends to be milder in children compared with adults, it can still make children very sick and cause children to be hospitalized. Unfortunately, in some situations, complications from infection can lead to death. Greater Family Health offers COVID-19 vaccines for everyone age 5 years and older. Currently, Greater Family Health offers Moderna, Pfizer and the Janssen vaccines.
    Greater Family Health continues to work towards reducing the barriers to access to care. The flu and COVID-19 vaccines are available to all patients, regardless of insurance or immigration status. Most insurance plans do cover the flu vaccine, and COVID-19 vaccination is at no charge. As always, uninsured patients are always welcomed. 
    To schedule flu and/or COVID-19 vaccine appointments, please call 844-599-3700.
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    Save the Date: Giving Tuesday is November 30th, 2021
    Greater Family Health is excited to announce that we will participate in Giving Tuesday this year! Please help us give the gift of health this year by donating on November 30th, 2021, a day of global generosity.
    Your support this Giving Tuesday will help us provide services to more families in need.
    • $50 will give a dental exam and cleaning to an uninsured adult patient. Our dental office is one of the few that provides affordable dental health services to uninsured adults. Good dental health is key for good overall health.
    • $35 will give a dental exam and cleaning to an uninsured child.
    • $25 will give a lifesaving cervical cancer screening to a woman at risk. Each year, more than 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 4,000 die from this disease. Regular screenings will save a woman’s life.
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    The Risk of Smoking During Pregnancy
    If you are a prenatal patient at Greater Family Health, you probably have received information from your provider about the serious health effects of smoking and the risks of smoking during pregnancy.
    Did you know that smoking during pregnancy can put your baby at risk for certain birth defects? The CDC states that smoking during pregnancy can cause tissue damage in the unborn baby, particularly in the lungs and brain.[1] Some studies have also suggested there is a relationship between tobacco and miscarriage since carbon monoxide from tobacco smoke can prevent your developing baby from getting enough oxygen.
    It is important that you seek help to quit smoking while pregnant and beyond. If you continue smoking after delivering your baby, secondhand smoke can still have negative effects on your baby.  According to the CDC, “both babies whose mothers smoke while pregnant and babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than babies who are not exposed to cigarette smoke.”
    If you are not pregnant but are planning to get pregnant in the future, it’s recommended that you find help to quit smoking, as smoking can make it difficult for you to get pregnant. Quitting smoking is in the best interest of your future children and yourself. Your Greater Family Health Primary Care Provider is a great resource in your journey to quit smoking. Please don’t hesitate to ask how they can help you quit smoking during your next visit to one of our Health Centers. 
    Our prenatal care team is composed of 23 qualified OB/GYN practitioners and are conveniently located at our Health Centers in Elgin, Streamwood, McHenry and Wheeling. Prenatal patients can also choose to deliver their babies in 1 of 5 area hospitals. To learn more about our services, click here.
    [1] CDC, Smoking During Pregnancy. Accessed on 11/11/2021. Smoking During Pregnancy | Smoking & Tobacco Use | CDC
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