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This guide provides some current, reliable consumer health resources. To view more information, please visit the library or browse the catalog.

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Use this new tool from personal finance website Nerd Wallet, How Much Hospitals Charge to find out the price of the 100 most common inpatient services at 3200 hospitals accross the country.  Those that are uninsured or underinsured may benefit most by being able to determine which nearby hospitals charge the least for a needed medical procedure that they will have to pay for "out of pocket"; individuals can also use the price data to negotiate lower charges for services received. 

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Health Source Consumer provides access to 80 full-text consumer health magazines, including Harvard Health Letter, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Prevention, Vegetarian Times, and many more.

Health Source Nursing provides access to almost 550 scholarly full-text journals, with an emphasis on nursing and allied health.

Reference USA Find U.S. doctors and dentists by name, address, phone number, years of practice, medical school attended, primary speciality, and board certification.

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Hotlines and Helplines

This is juat a selection of some important helplines and hotlines. For more NJ Helplines, go to NJHelps, http://www.njhelps.org/helplines.html.

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Vital Records in NJ

Flu Shots Atlantic County

Atlantic City Dept. of Health & Human Services Public Health Division
FREE Vaccinations  For more information, please call 347-6876 OR 347-6442
 Flu shots are still available on a walk-in basis at various locations in Atlantic Countic, including Absecon, Brigantine, EHT and Pleasantville; or call the Flu Vaccination Hotline: (609) 677-5720. In addition, the Division of Public Health provides the following vaccinations for adults 50 years and older at no charge for residents without insurance and those whose insurance does not cover these vaccines. Please call  645-5933 to schedule an appointment in Northfield or Hammonton.

Pneumococcal:  Everyone 65 or older needs to get this one-time vaccination, as well as those younger than 65 who smoke or have chronic health conditions such as asthma, lung and heart disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. This vaccination is also covered under Medicare Part B.  

Zoster (shingles): Recommended for everyone 60 and older, shingles is a painful, blistering skin rash that affects more than 1 million Americans each year.

Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis): A one-time dose of the Tdap vaccine, which covers tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough), is recommended to all adults. If you have had a Tdap shot, you should return to getting a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster shot every 10 years.

MMR (measles, mumps and rubella): Anyone born in 1957 or later who is unsure about their immunization history should receive the MMR shot. A blood test can tell whether someone has had any of these diseases or has received the vaccine, but a test is expensive. If you're unsure about your immunity, getting a booster shot is more cost-effective and isn't harmful, even if you're immune.

Hepatitis A: This is a two-dose series of shots recommended to adults 50 and older who have chronic liver disease, a clotting-factor disorder, have same-sex male partners, illicit injectable drug use, or who travel to areas with a high incidence of hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B: This three-dose series is recommended to adults 50 and older who are on dialysis, have renal disease or liver disease, are sexually active with more than one partner, or have a sexually transmitted disease or HIV.

Meningitis: Adults 55 and younger who have never been vaccinated, have had their spleen removed, have certain blood deficiencies or plan to travel to parts of the world where meningitis is common should receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox): Adults who have not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine are just as likely to develop chickenpox as children. Chickenpox complications are more likely to occur in adults than in children. Although adults account for only 5 percent of chickenpox cases per year, they account for a disproportionate number of deaths (55 percent) and hospitalizations compared to children. 

 

 

 

 

 

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