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Must Have Travel Vaccines: Don't Leave Home Without Them

July 19, 2018

You've researched, planned, and packed your bags! You're heading off to experience new places, cultures, and adventures. While a passport and plane ticket will get you there, travel vaccines will keep you healthy while you're there. Getting the right travel vaccines can ensure you stay happy and healthy on your next vacation! Vaccines expose your body to weakened parts of a disease. It may seem counterintuitive, but this process prompts your body to create antibodies to the disease. These antibodies will protect you if you're ever exposed to the full-strength disease. Other countries may have...Continue Reading

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CDC Predicts Flu Epidemic to Continue

February 27, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared this flu season an epidemic. A flu breakout qualifies as an epidemic when the number of cases increases quickly and infects more people than normally expected. The flu epidemic has touched every state in the continental U.S. and began earlier than past flu seasons. Massive numbers of people are flocking to doctor's offices and hospitals for treatment, and the flu is contributing to an average of 4,000 deaths a week. Unfortunately, there are still many weeks left in this year's peak flu season, and the flu epidemic may continue...Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... What is RSV?

January 27, 2017

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. For most people, RSV causes a mild illness, but it can be serious in infants and older adults. In the United States, RSV infections generally occur during fall, winter and spring.Continue Reading

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Ask A Doctor... Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

October 28, 2016

In addition to talking about when to get your flu shot, it's also important to talk about why you should get a flu shot. Many people skip the shot each year because they think they don't work or that the shot will give them the flu. But, many researchers have studied the flu and flu vaccine, and this is what they've discovered.Continue Reading

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Ask a Doctor... When Should I Get a Flu Shot?

October 7, 2016

The CDC provides us with a great answer for when you should get your flu shot—as soon as the vaccine becomes available. They recommend that as many people as possible be vaccinated by the end of October, but it's never too late to vaccinate. As long as flu viruses are circulating in the community, though, you should get a flu shot if you haven't had one—even in January or later.Continue Reading

Augusta Health staff receive 2015 Quality Innovation Award from the Virginia Health Quality Center

Quality Innovation Reduces Infections at Augusta Health

September 15, 2016

Augusta Health is among eight hospitals in Maryland and Virginia to receive the Virginia Health Quality Center 2015 Quality Innovation Award. The award recognizes hospitals that are achieving reductions in hospital-acquired infections (HAI) and who are creating a culture of patient safety. All hospitals enrolled in the VHQC Maryland-Virginia HAI Improvement Network were reviewed, based on 2015 calendar-year performance. The award considered data from two sources: Targeted Assessment for Prevention developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that looks at rates of HAI such as...Continue Reading