This article discusses why preventing the flu is not just good for the individual, but also for the community – there are public health implications on preventing the flu.
By Jennifer Dawson
Americans are not doing everything possible when it comes to preventative health care. According to the CDC, over half of all Americans avoid doctors and dentists on a regular basis, which is raising the cost of health care for everyone. Further, the absence of preventative health care is causing diseases such as diabetes, to rise unnecessarily. While it may seem that Americans might be substituting medical care for natural remedies, this is also not the truth. When we participate in regular health care visits, as well as organic care, we help build healthier communities and prevent a hike in national health care costs. We must stop using emergency rooms for primary health care, and we must maintain a working relationship with a regular doctor. We must also maintain self care through organic means between visits.