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All 13 IHS Obstetric Hospitals are Designated as Baby-Friendly!

The Indian Health Service (IHS) is pleased to announce that all 13 of its obstetric facilities have achieved the prestigious Baby-Friendly® Hospital designation. Baby-Friendly® hospitals offer new mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding initiation rates at most of these IHS facilities are consistently in the 90th percentile, and exclusive breastfeeding rates have continued to climb. Breastfed children have reduced rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, and asthma.

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December 7 to 13 is National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Have you received your flu shot yet? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone six months and older get the yearly flu vaccine. You need a flu vaccination each year because influenza viruses are always changing. Protect yourself, your family, and your community by getting vaccinated today!

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ACA Open Enrollment is Now Through February 15, 2015

On November 15, Open Enrollment began for the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace. Visit www.Healthcare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov to learn about insurance options for you and your family; to understand the special protections for American Indians and Alaska Natives; and to enroll in the Marketplace or Medicaid. Whether it’s purchasing insurance through the Marketplace or qualifying for Medicaid, knowing that you have quality coverage will provide peace of mind. You can also get in-person help from your local IHS or tribal facility or urban Indian health program.

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November is the Start of the Flu Season!

It's almost time for the holidays, which means it's time to share food and not the flu. The flu vaccine is one of the safest and most effective ways of preventing the flu. You need a flu vaccination each year because influenza viruses are always changing. Keep from getting sick with the flu and spreading it to your loved ones by getting vaccinated today!

Flu.gov: Know What to Do About the Flu Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

IHS Seasonal Influenza Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Information Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov

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