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Posted: Aug 26, 2019

Medically Dependent? Register Now for a Storm Shelter

Hurricane season is June 1 through Nov. 30. Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for severe weather. If you or a loved one is medically dependent and will require shelter in the event of a hurricane, now is the time to pre-register with the county for assistance.

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Posted: May 7, 2019

Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Do your summer plans include boating, barbecues or fireworks? Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2019

Flu-shot Mythbuster: Fact or Fiction

Written by SMH Ambulatory Services Manager Jen Storch

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast, flu activity typically begins in October or November, increases in winter months and peaks in January and February. This year, health experts are encouraging everyone older than 6 months to get the inflenza vaccine early (September-October) due to concerns about COVID-19 and how it may interact with the flu. 

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Posted: Dec 7, 2018

Urgent Care or ER: A Guide, by Symptom

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Medical care at an urgent care center is not the same as care at an emergency room. So what’s the difference? How do you know when to go to urgent care or when you should head for the nearest hospital emergency room?

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Posted: May 11, 2018

Breast Cancer: The Genetic Risk

By SMH Certified Genetic Counselor Nicole Wood

Cancer—especially breast cancer—often seems to run in families. This could be because the relatives share certain lifestyle habits or have the same environmental exposures. Occasionally, though, the cancer can be inherited—a mutation in the genetic code that is passed down from generation to generation.

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