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National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations are one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century.

Whether you have a baby starting at a new childcare facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle, or high school – or even a college freshman – you should check your child’s vaccination records. And, make sure your whole family gets a flu shot annually. (If you and your family are covered by a Hertz medical plan, flu shots are considered preventive care, so you won’t pay a penny.)

Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools, and colleges are prone to disease outbreaks. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs and sneezes, and other factors related to interacting in crowded environments. Learn more about vaccines for your child(ren) here.

And, vaccinations aren’t just for kids:

  • Adults may need vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations.
  • Adults 50 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine.
  • Adults 65 and older are recommended to receive both pneumococcal vaccines.
  • Some adults younger than 65 years with certain conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.

More information is available here about adult vaccinations.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations are one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century.

Here are some quick guidelines for managing your family's immunizations fo the year.

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AFLAC Claims

On July 1, we changed our Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and Accident Insurance vendor to Allstate Benefits. So, if you were enrolled in Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and/or Accident coverage(s) in the 2017-2018 plan year (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018), it’s time to file claims with Aflac.

Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and/or Accident Claim Deadline – One Year from Incident

If you’re a Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and/or Accident coverage participant, you have one year from the date of your hospital stay, illness, or accident to file a claim for your 2017-2018 coverage. You can find you claim form(s) here or call 1-800-433-3036.

Critical Illness and/or Accident Wellness Claim Deadline – June 30, 2019

If you’re a Critical Illness and/or Accident coverage participant, you must file your wellness claims by June 30, 2019. You can file wellness claims for as long as you and, if applicable, your dependents have been covered under Aflac coverage through Hertz. You can find you claim form(s) here or call 1-800-433-3036.

If you have Hertz Hospital Indemnity, Critical Illness, and/or Accident coverage through Allstate Benefits as of July 1, 2018, you can find more information about your coverage in the Benefits eGuide on HertzBenefits.com.

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Skip the Starbucks Stop

Need an easy way to save some cash? Consider cutting coffee costs.

Let’s say you go to a coffee shop four times each week, spending $5 each visit. That’s $20 per week. Multiply that by 52 weeks, and you’ve easily spent $1,040 on coffee in one year.

So, think of some ways you could work around your coffee shop expenses. Maybe a Keurig or nicer coffee machine would be worth the money up front if it could save you (literally) thousands of dollars in the future.

Read more on this and other money-saving tips from Dave Ramsey. "If you buy some decent beans and add your own syrups and creams, your home brew will taste just as sweet. Plus, with savings of nearly $1,200 per year, you can now afford some darn good beans."

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Are you taking advantage of Active&Fit Direct?

No? You’re missing out on a serious deal. With Active&Fit Direct, you can choose from over 9,000 fitness centers and select YMCAs around the country for just $25 a month (and a one-time $25 enrollment fee and applicable taxes).

Ready to learn more? Go to activeandfitdirect.com/fitness/hertz. You can access the Online Fitness Tracker (which can sync your activity from your wearable devices), plus the Online Directory which can help you find other fitness locations in your area that you’d like to use.

Are your dependents interested? They can join the program even if you aren’t interested.

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Ease Your Eyes

The American Optometric Association's (AOA) 2015 American Eye-Q® survey reports that 58 percent of adults have experienced digital eye strain or vision problems as a direct result of sitting at a computer for seven or more hours.

The AOA offers the following five simple steps to relieve digital eye strain:

  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule: Take a 20-second break, every 20 minutes and view something 20 feet away.
  • Keep a distance: The AOA recommends sitting a comfortable distance from the computer monitor where you can easily read all text with your head and torso in an upright posture and your back supported by your chair. Generally, the preferred viewing distance is between 20 and 28 inches from the eye to the front surface of the screen.
  • View from a different angle: Ideally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees, or about 4 to 5 inches, below eye level as measured from the center of the screen.
  • Decrease glare: While there is no way to completely minimize glare from light sources, consider using a glare filter. These filters decrease the amount of light reflected from the screen.
  • Blink often: Minimize your chances of developing dry eyes when using a computer by making an effort to blink frequently.

And don’t forget to get your annual vision exam. Even if you don’t wear glasses or contacts, it’s still important to get your annual exam so your optometrist can check for visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement. Your optometrist can also detect conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, sometimes even before your primary care physician detects them.

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Had a baby? Got married?

Don’t forget to make any necessary changes to your benefits within 31 days of your qualified life event (like having a baby, adopting a child, getting married or divorced, a child turning 26, change in employment, and more).

To see a full list of qualified life events and the changes you can make, click here.

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