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November: Message from the President – Stephen B. McPherson

November 1, 2011

It’s November and the time of year when we strongly urge everyone to get their annual flu shot. Every year, many cases of the flu – especially serious cases – could have been avoided or ameliorated if the patient had gotten a flu vaccination in the fall.

At Masonicare, in addition to making sure our patients and residents are inoculated, we offer free flu shots to all our employees and volunteers. I am pleased that so many of them willingly step up and get their shot. It’s just one way we encourage them to protect their health and the health of those in our care.

In this day and age, it’s important for all of us to take responsibility for our health. Where possible, we should try to take advantage of preventive measures to stay healthy and screen for potential problems. If you are over 65, Medicare pays not only for flu shots, but many screening tests such as mammograms, colonoscopies and diabetes and cardiovascular screenings. A list of all the screenings and tests covered by Medicare can be found by going online to www.medicare.gov and then clicking on “Manage Your Health.”

If you live near Wallingford, you can get a colonoscopy in our Outpatient Clinic on the 2nd floor of the Masonicare Health Center. You will just need a referral from your doctor. And,
beginning November 2, the Clinic will be open on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with trained staff to do blood pressure readings at no charge.