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November 2010
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Flu Vaccines: Why They're Important & How Your Benefits Apply
Flu Vaccine
We all remember last year’s flu pandemic. You couldn’t turn on a television or radio without hearing about “swine flu”. When would the vaccine be available? Would there be enough? Is it safe? The country was in a panic.
This year, not so much. There seems to be plenty of flu vaccine available and hardly anyone is talking about it. Does that mean it’s not important this year? NO! It’s important EVERY year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the flu vaccine as the first and most important step in preventing flu.
It's Not Too Late!
Many flu shot clinics are held in October, but it’s still not too late. "Flu season" is typically November through May, with the majority of cases occurring in January and February. According to the CDC, getting vaccinated in November, December or even later is most often still beneficial.
Who Needs the Vaccine?
Health experts recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza.
Nasal Spray Option
Don’t like shots? The CDC says anyone between the ages of 2 and 49 years can get the nasal spray vaccination as long as they are healthy and don’t have any underlying health conditions. Check with your health care provider to see if this is a good option for you.
How much will I pay for my flu shot if I use my insurance?
$0 as part of a regular office visit or at a Nurse Treatment Room
$0 in-network
$0 in-network
(refer to plan handbook if out-of-network) 
Will my insurance reimburse me if I pay cash for my flu vaccine?
Yes (submit receipt with Rx form within 12 months of service) 
Links to more info:
Kaiser website: colds & flu page (click here) 
ODS website: flu vaccines page (click here) 

Tips (besides the vaccine) for Preventing the Flu
Girl Sneeze
Along with getting vaccinated, these other simple steps will help prevent the spread of germs:
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

Antibiotics: Facts You Should Know
FACT: Antibiotics do not work for a common cold.
FACT: It is estimated that more than 50% of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for viral infections.
FACT: In children, antibiotics are the most common cause of emergency department visits for adverse drug reactions.

Member Survey - Deadline December 6th
What Do You Think? OEBB Wants To Know!
Be sure to take the OEBB Member Survey online by December 6th. Click here to get started!

Help for Chronic Conditions
mature couple
If you are coping with an ongoing health condition like diabetes, arthritis, HIV/AIDS, depression, chronic pain or anxiety, OEBB wants you to know about a rare opportunity to participate in a free online pilot program available through the National Council on Aging called "Better Choices, Better Health". Find ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover new nutrition and exercise choices, and learn how to talk with your doctor about your health.
Participants log into a secure website at their convenience 2-3 hours per week. Participants go through a series of online modules, and at the end of each week’s content, develop an action plan to move forward in improving their health.

Prefer to meet in person?
or call 1-888-576-7414.

Help Your Doctor Help You - Oregon's POLST Program
couple in the hospital
What is "POLST"?
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a program that uses a bright pink medical order form about your goals of care and end-of-life treatment wishes when you have a serious illness that is in the advanced stages and is not curable. It may also be appropriate for others who have strong personal beliefs about their health care preferences.
The form is completed by your physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant and is designed to be easier to locate and more specific than other "advance directives" like living wills.
Accessible from Anywhere
There is also the option to submit your form to the Oregon POLST Registry, which creates a secure electronic record accessible to emergency health care professionals by phone. Emergency communication specialists will relay your POLST orders once they have confirmed your identity.
The POLST program originated in Oregon in 1990 and has been proven so effective 30 other states are developing similar programs.
To learn more about the POLST program, visit their website: www.polst.org.

Weight Watchers Tips & Recipe for the Holidays
Pumpkin Pie
'Tis The Season
The holidays can be a tempting time, with parties and traditions often focused on food. To help you through the season, Weight Watchers® offers you these holiday tips.
Don’t starve
Arriving at the party famished could lead to overdoing it, so eat a healthy meal or snack beforehand, leaving just enough room for a few small treats.
But make it water or other low-calorie beverage – you’ll slow down your eating and help fill yourself up. And limit your alcohol intake – it’s not only a major source of calories, it can weaken your ability to stick to your eating plan.
Know what you eat
Just because it’s the holidays, don’t forget all the weight management skills you’ve acquired. Even if you choose to indulge, keep journaling. By writing down what you’re eating you’re less apt to eat mindlessly.
Don’t deprive yourself
But do limit your portions. By eating small portions of only things you really want you’ll enjoy the specialties while staying on track.
Set priorities
Rate each dish on the buffet from 1 to10, with "10" being the best choices for you and "1" being foods you know you should limit or avoid. Fill your plate with the high numbers and only try a minimal amount (or none!) of the others.
Reduce sedentary behavior like surfing the net and gradually work up to 60 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. It will help in your weight-loss efforts or allow you to eat a bit more without guilt.
With a few smart, common-sense changes in food preparation and eating habits, you will save calories without losing the flavor. Here are some suggestions:
Dark meat turkey
White meat turkey with skin removed
Making stuffing with turkey drippings
Stuffing made with a fat-free broth
Preparing mashed potatoes with butter and milk
Mashed potatoes with broth and fat-free or 1% milk
Following a traditional green bean casserole recipe
Making it with low-fat soup and breadcrumbs
Candied sweet potatoes
Baked sweet potatoes with light butter
Regular dressing on your salad
Light or fat-free dressing
Topping fish with hollandaise sauce
Fresh fruit salsa
Using pan drippings in your gravy
Fat-free broth or bouillon
Double-crusted fruit pie
One-crust pumpkin pie*
WEIGHT WATCHERS is the registered trademark of Weight Watchers International, Inc. and is used under license.

Want some help for the holidays? Call Weight Watchers!
Call Weight Watchers at 1-866-531-8170.
They'll answer questions, sign you up for the program using your OEBB benefits, or sign up your dependents and household members at a specially negotiated rate.

Your OEBB Resources
  Oregon Educators Benefit Board
1225 Ferry St. SE, Suite B
Salem, OR 97301-4281

Phone: (888) 469-6322
Fax: (503) 378-5832

 Use these resources to answer your questions and understand your OEBB benefits. 
MyOEBB System
OEBB Home Page www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/index.shtml 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/FAQ.shtml  General Resources www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/resources.shtml 
Wellness Resources www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/WellLinks.shtml 
Benefit Summaries and Comparisons www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/benefits.shtml 
OEBB Meetings and Schedules www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/BoardHm.shtml  Member Handbooks & Plan Documents www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/handbooks.shtml 
Weight Management www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/WeightMgmt.shtml  Weight Watchers FAQ www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/FAQWW.shtml 
Contact the Plans www.oregon.gov/OHA/OEBB/Carriers.shtml  Employee Assistance Program (EAP) www.myrbh.com 
  Plan Contacts  
ODS 1-866-923-0409 www.odscompanies.com/oebb  Kaiser Permanente 1-866-223-2375 http://my.kp.org/nw/oebb 
Providence Health Plans 1-800-633-1878 Willamette Dental 1-800-460-7644 www.willamettedental.com/oebb 
The Standard Insurance 1-866-756-8115 www.standard.com/mybenefits/oebb  UNUM 1-800-227-4165 w3.unum.com/enroll/OEBB/default.aspx
Reliant Behavioral Health 1-866-750-1327
(Employee Assistance Program)
BenefitHelp Solutions 1-800-556-2230