Is It A Cold or Is It The Flu

As the cold and flu season starts, and with this year's added challenges with H1N1, please take a few minutes to read the information available on the links below. If you should get sick with flu-like symptons this season, be informed to help with a speedy recovery. 

What To Do If You Get Sick - Center for Disease Control

Is It A Cold or Is It The Flu -  A handy poster to print and keep for future reference

Staying Healthy @ Your Library - Information to help stop the spread of germs while using the Library and it's materials

H1NI (Swine Flu) -

Know What To Do About The Flu -

Health Care & Wellness

Local Hospitals

Lehigh Valley Hospital   LVH started as Allentown Hospital in 1899. It is one of the largest and oldest licensed teaching hospitals in Pennsylvania.

Sacred Heart Hospital   A 243 bed acute care facility with 20 skilled nursing beds located in the center of Allentown, the Lehigh Valley's largest city.

St. Luke's Hospital   St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network is the region's most nationally honored integrated health care network and is comprised of tertiary and acute care, non-profit hospitals, more than 1,400 physicians and numerous other related health organizations.

Easton Hospital    Located at 250 S. 21st. Street, Easton, PA 18042

Online Resources:

Lehigh County Dept of Human Resources  Adult and aging service, children and youth service, illness and wellness services available thru the Lehigh County Department of Human Resources.

AbleData  "AbleData provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment" -- From website.

Afforable Care Act (  The official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace which provides information about the Affordable Care Act, how it affects you, and available insurance options. Create a Healthcare Insurance Marketplace account today. WFMZ also provides helpful resources on the Health Care Reform and how it will affect you.

American Heart Assoc.  This site is filled with information. It has everything from warning signs of heart attack and stroke to exercise and nutrition and risk awareness.

American Lung Assoc.  The Associations site contains information about fighting lung disease, advocacy information and statistics. Also contains an alphabetical listing of types of lung disease to provide you with current and accurate information.

Arthritis Foundation   The foundation works to support those in finding a cure and prevention of arthritis and to improve the quality of life for those affected by arthritis. This web page also has a section on advocacy and can help locate local support groups.

Alzheimer's Association  The site covers basic information about the Alzheimer's Association and can link you to a local chapter that provides programs and services to persons with Alzheimer's, their families, caregivers and health care professionals.

Entrez PubMed  PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.

H.R. 3200 House bill on health care reform. H.R. 3200 To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.

KidsPeace  KidsPeace is a private, not-for-profit charity dedicated to serving the critical behavioral and mental health needs of children, preadolescents and teens.

Medicare Hotline   The official federal Medicare website, with useful information for people with Medicare and anyone involved in helping them with their health care decisions. The site provides customized comparative information about Medicare+Choice plans, nursing homes, supplemental insurance policies for people with Medicare, local events where Medicare is the topic, and resources for additional information.

MedlinePlus  "MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition" --from Medline Plus website.

National Council on Aging  This organization provides information on current issues that affect older adults. The site also includes areas on "Aging Advocacy" and "Workforce Development" for older persons.

National Family Caregiver Assoc.  National Family Caregiver Association's website is to educate, support, empower and speak up for caregivers.

Nursing Home Directory  Click on the County in Pennsylvania to search for nursing homes licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Click to read the inspection results on each nursing home.

PA Department of Health    The Department of Health has the duty and power to protect the health of the people. It has authority to enforce all statutes pertaining to public health for the prevention and suppression of disease and injury.

PA Dept of Health - School Program   The School Health Program facilitates the healthy growth and development of children of school age in Pennsylvania. The School Health Program serves all children of school age attending public and non-public schools in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition & Activity   Pennsylvania Advocates for Nutrition and Activity (PANA) is a statewide organization supported by a coalition of more than 500 groups, working to promote policies and environments that support healthy eating and activity.

Pennsylvania Dietetic Association   The Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, a chapter of the American Dietetic Association, is the advocate of the dietetics profession serving the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well being.

Today's Caregiver Magazine  Contains articles providing information to caregivers. Articles range from Alzheimers Disease to Depression to Legal Issues.


Online POWER Library Databases - Library Card Needed:

Consumer Health Complete  Provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. The full-text database covers topics such as aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children's health, men & women's health, etc.
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