Your Health Matters - February 2018

In this Issue

--Health Awareness: Flu Season is Here!

--Everyday Health: Staying Home When You're Sick

--Good'n'Healthy: Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

--News Worthy: Expanding Medicaid to Adult Dental Coverage

--Events:  AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore 2018 Registration

Flu Season is Here!

Flu season is back again, and this year Maryland has been hit particularly hard.

Here are eight steps to keep the flu away!

1. Get Vaccinated! The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year and it’s not too late. You can walk-in to any Chase Brexton site during normal hours and get a flu shot for yourself and your family.

2. See your provider if you are sick. There are medications to treat the flu and flu symptoms that may help you recover more quickly and with less intense symptoms.

3. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

4. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

5. Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

6. Clean your hands. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

8. Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

It's not too late to protect yourself: Chase Brexton offers flu shots at all of our centers. Click here for hours and locations

When Are You Too Sick to Come to Work?

Coming to work when you're sick can be bad for everyone--you're not likely to get healthier, and you can make everyone around you sick. Even if you think you're getting better, you might still be contagious.

When deciding whether to stay home, consider your symptoms. If you have a mild tickle in your throat or a stuffy nose, you should be able to go into work. Allergy symptoms also don’t need to keep you from work — they’re not contagious.

If you’re really coughing and sneezing or you feel generally miserable, do stay home. Also avoid the office if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea.

Get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and wait for your symptoms to subside. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends staying home for 24 hours after a fever and other flu-like symptoms (chills, sweating, flushed skin) have cleared up.

You might still be contagious when you go back to work or school. To protect people around you, take the following steps:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • warn others that you’ve been sick so they can remember to wash their hands, too
  • sneeze or cough into your elbow, not your hands
  • consider wearing a respiratory mask

Establishing care with a Chase Brexton primary care physician can help keep you health--learn more here.


Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

An easy recipe, perfect when you're feeling under the weather.


1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken SAVE $
2 cups uncooked egg noodles (4 oz)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 dried bay leaf
5 1/4 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons)


1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and carrots; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots and noodles are tender. Remove bay leaf.

News Worthy

Baltimore Sun: Expanding Medicaid to Cover Adult Dental Care

Chase Brexton Dental Director Brooks Woodward, along with one of our patients, was featured in a Baltimore Sun article highlighting efforts to expand Medicaid coverage to include adult dental care. Read Brooks' comments here, and learn more about our dental care here.



    AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore 2018

    AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore is back! Join us on Sunday, May 6 to take steps against HIV and AIDS in Baltimore. HIV/AIDS still affects thousands of our friends, families, and neighbors. This is an incredible opportunity to show your support for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Funds raised provide increased peer advocacy, appointment copays, medications, and health and wellness essentials for your neighbors living with HIV/AIDS. Sign up now!