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September is Flu Prevention Month
There are many things in life worth sharing, but colds and flu aren't among them.  When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can't move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or influenza (flu)?  It's important to know the difference between them.  Colds and flu are both caused by viruses and although they share many of the same symptoms, there are some key differences.

A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu.  While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for up to a week or ten days, flu symptoms tend to come on suddenly and can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks.  Every year, millions of people get the flu.  Hundreds of thousands of people get so sick, they wind up in the hospital.  The flu can also result in serious problems such as pneumonia and hospitalization. 

The best defense is a good offense.  So, protect yourself and everyone around you with a flu shot each year and take other simple steps to stay healthy.  Vaccination is especially important for people 50-years and older, children 6 months through 4 years old, women who are or will be pregnant during flu season, people with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems, people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care centers, health care workers, and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for flu-related complications.

Food for Thought
This month's Thrivey recipe is Roasted Vegetables and Heirloom Pasta. This pasta uses summer bounty in tasty and unique ways. Particularly fun is the method for making the tomato sauce - you halve large juicy heirloom tomatoes at the equator then "grate" them on the large holes of a box grater over a skillet until just the flat round of skin is left. So easy and very satisfying to do.

September Quick Tips


MORE healthy living tips:

To access wellness and benefit information through Kaiser Permanente, please visit their website.

To access wellness and benefit information through Sutter Health Plus, please visit their website.

To access wellness and benefit information through Western Health Advantage, please visit their website.

See a complete list of Health Benefits Program Publications & Forms.

Vision Statement

The CCCSIG Health Benefits Committee vision is for health plan arrangements that provide locally-based solutions, improved quality and access for members, flexibility for school districts and superior cost management capabilities.



Health Benefit Program Documents:

Qualifying Event Poster

Waiver of Group Health Coverage

Eligibility Guidelines

IRS Qualifying Events