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The COVID-19 vaccine does not impact an insurer’s decision to pay out claims, as confirmed by the American Council of Life Insurers in March 2021. In addition, the vaccine is typically not used to determine your eligibility for coverage. In fact, it may open up coverage for those with underlying health conditions, as the vaccine reduces the risk of dying from COVID-19.

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When someone gets a vaccine, how long will it take to become effective? What happens when groups of people are approved to be vaccinated? Are experts concerned about long-term safety? These are some of the many questions readers sent us that we’ve put to health and science experts.

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Prime your immune system to effectively fight disease by keeping your body healthy. Follow a nutrient-rich diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Also, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. “Being in good health helps us to resist infectious diseases,” says Starnbach.

After the coronavirus outbreak in a nursing home in Washington state that so far has killed at least 19 people, Illinois facilities that cater to susceptible populations are preparing for the possible spread of the disease by beefing up their rules and health screenings, according to state and nursing facility officials.

As autumn approaches, chances are you, your co-workers or family members will begin sneezing, wheezing or coughing. How can you tell when it’s…

DECATUR – Cases of the infectious disease mumps have been spreading through college campuses in Central Illinois in recent weeks despite high …

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