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Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

COVID-19 Temporary Hours

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Resource Center is temporarily closed to visitors.

We apologize for any inconvenience - we will update our hours when precaution policies have changed.

Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

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Tips for Avoiding the Cold and Flu this Season

Flu season will look a little different this year as we are also dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. While there is currently not a vaccine available for the coronavirus, getting a flu vaccine is essential to protect your health and the health of those around you. Keeping your immune system strong and getting your flu shot will not only reduce your risk of falling ill, (and therefore weakening your immune system), it will also help our community conserve scarce health resources.

If you are someone who is at high risk for serious illness due to the flu or COVID-19, it is very important that you get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and lower your risk of falling dangerously ill.

In addition to getting your flu shot, here are some ways to reduce the spread of flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.

These flu precautions are in addition to the everyday COVID-19 safety precautions as laid out by the CDC including wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing your hands often and staying home if you are sick.

Here are six recommendations to build up your immune system so you can go into the fall and winter armed and ready to fight off the bugs!

Drink extra water

Most people forget to hydrate as much in the cooler months since it doesn’t feel as hot. But the truth is, you may need even more water with the dry winter air and heaters turned on. Make sure you are drinking at least 8-10 glasses of fresh water daily; and even more if you are exercising!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most well known vitamins for boosting your immune system and fighting off colds and flu. These days, vitamin C is heralded for its antioxidant status. It destroys harmful free radicals that damage cells and can lead to cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and perhaps even aging. Vitamin C rejuvenates the immune system and aids in the absorption of iron and calcium.

Keep your digestion healthy with probiotics

Probiotics are like the good bugs in your intestines that can also help fight off foreign invaders. Most of your immune system is actually located in the gut, so it makes sense to keep your gut healthy to maintain immunity!

Chicken broth or bone broth soups

It may seem so cliché, but grandma was right when she told you to have chicken soup for a cold. Since chicken broth is derived from bones, it is rich in several important minerals. An 8-ounce serving of chicken broth offers more than 200 milligrams of potassium, which is 10 percent of your requirement for the day. Another highprofile mineral in chicken broth is phosphorous. Phosphorous aids in metabolism, helps build protein and healthy bones and teeth.

Get adequate sleep

You need seven to eight hours of sleep each night to boost your immune system. When you sleep, your body releases cytokines, which boost the body’s immune and inflammation responses.

These are just a handful of ways to set yourself up for success going into cold and flu season. If you take the extra steps everyday, you’ll be sure to make it through healthy and happy!

If you're providing care for a loved one, we've put together a set of videos that can help you understand everything involved.
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