WASHINGTON - On Nov. 17, the Defense Department (DOD) released the Holiday Season Guidance to Minimize Spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, which supplements existing guidance in DOD Force Health Protection Supplements, military installation orders, and Combatant Command disease preventio…

Ledge Light Health District will be hosting free flu clinics for area residents. Flu shots will be provided for adults 19 years and older. Flu Mist will be available to individuals 19 years and older who are healthy and not pregnant. All participants must wear a mask and practice social distancing.

BETHESDA, Md. - Implementing best practice public health measures on their own among young adults may not be enough to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission, and additional actions, such as widespread and repeated testing, are recommended to reduce the risk of viral spread, according to research p…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Are you an active duty family member (ADFM) thinking about changing your Tricare health plan? If so, you can do so now. The Tricare Open Season—your chance to enroll or make changes to your health plan for next year—runs until Dec. 14. Looking for dental or vision coverag…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Are you taking the necessary steps to protect your health this fall? With flu season here and the fight against COVID-19 ongoing, reducing the spread of the flu is more important than ever. The best way to do so is by getting a flu shot.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - You woke up with a sore throat and a headache. Could it be a mild cold, the flu, or COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website can help you understand the differences and similarities between the flu and COVID-19. But when you need advice for any med…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - With the novel coronavirus still in circulation, "We don't know how this flu season will impact us," said Army Lt. Gen. Ron Place, director of the Defense Health Agency. "We do know that getting your influenza vaccine is a critical step to keep you and your family healthy."

NORFOLK, Va. - At the start of spring, the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing. As the virus spread across the country, it forced adjustment to professional and personal lives to meet the new demands of a physically and socially distant environment. These changes and restrictions affect t…

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FARMINGTON, Conn. - The American Red Cross will be hosting local blood drives to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals have resumed surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following facts are from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and American Cancer Society, which offer excellent resources to learn more about breast cancer.

Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London Executive Officer Cmdr. Reginald Preston donates blood during an American Red Cross blood drive held at the Chaplain Center onboard the base, Oct. 5. Look for “Some SUBASE Good News” on the blood drive in next week’s Dolphin to learn more about the co…

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Flu season is coming. In the United States, flu season usually starts in the fall and lasts through the winter. While influenza viruses circulate year-round, most flu activity peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May.

GROTON, Conn. - Maintaining a healthy family during a pandemic is every parent’s number one priority, yet it can be an extremely difficult goal to achieve. By now we are all familiar with the safety precautions that need to be practiced daily in order to reduce the spread of infection and tr…

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GROTON, Conn. – Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London Morton Hall Gymnasium is once again serving Sailor physical readiness but with new restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday routines, including keeping up with health care appointments for non-emergency needs such as vaccinations. And while physically attending day care, secondary school, and university campuses this fall remains undecided in many l…

We must acknowledge that emergencies can and will happen to anyone, with or without warning. Thus, at some point, an ombudsman may receive a call from someone experiencing a crisis or disaster. Ombudsman are trained to recognize a situation, make an appropriate referral as soon as possible a…

As the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program continues to make improvements in primary prevention, current events remind us that sexual violence is rooted in forms of oppression, including racism. If we are to prevent sexual assaults from occurring, then the work begin…

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - As the world continues to change, often one’s focus changes. Making sure our focus does not drift away from eating a healthy diet is important not just as a warfighter, but as a partner, a spouse, a parent and even just an everyday person concerned about their health.

GROTON, Conn. - Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London and Naval Medical Training Command (NMRTC) New England partner with the Connecticut Department of Health to conduct weekly mosquito surveillance and testing throughout the mosquito season. Mosquitoes are tested for diseases such as Eas…

WASHNGTON - The Department of Defense Office of Special Needs and Military OneSource launched today a new digital tool to guide military families with special needs to the specific information and resources they need. The tool, called EFMP & Me, conveniently connects families anytime and…

BRANFORD, Conn. - In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the 40th Annual Branford Road Race has become a virtual event. Participants can register for the virtual 5-mile run, 2-mile health walk, or the family fun run, and participate at the time and place of their choosing during Father’s Day Week…

HARTFORD, Conn. – The American Lung Association in Connecticut has shifted its annual LUNG FORCE Walk Hartford to a virtual fundraising event. Participants are encouraged to engage in a physical activity of their choice including walking, running, hiking or biking through June 30. Walkers ca…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Graduation season is upon us. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 2.96 million students are expected to earn their associate’s or bachelor’s degree this year. But celebrations look different. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, high school and co…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - To improve virtual access to health care during COVID-19, Tricare recently revised its policy on telehealth services. This temporarily allows you access to care more easily during the constraints of the pandemic. These changes will remain for the duration of the stateside…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Military Health System patients can use secure online resources to quickly access their COVID-19 tests done at military treatment facilities.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Tricare covers certain telemedicine services. You may be able to see a Tricare -authorized provider without leaving your home. Using a computer or smartphone, you connect with your provider by secure video conferencing.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Tricare Pharmacy Program provides prescription drug coverage for all Tricare beneficiaries. There are several options for filling your prescriptions. They include military pharmacies, TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, Tricare retail network pharmacies, and non-network p…

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. - If you’re newly enrolled in Tricare health or dental coverage, you’re in good company. You now have access to a global network of military and civilian providers. Learning about your health care coverage now will help you maximize your benefit and take command of your hea…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Tricare recently expanded coverage for beneficiaries who meet certain criteria. Coverage now includes: concurrent pediatric hospice and curative care, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and platelet rich plasma injections.

LEDYARD, Conn. – The Ledyard libraries announce upcoming activities and programs. For more information, call (860) 464-9912; register online at ledyard.lioninc.org.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Tricare is committed to improving preventive health care services for women. On Jan. 1, 2020, Tricare expands coverage for breast cancer screenings to include digital breast tomosynthesis, or 3-D mammography. Tricare will cover 3-D mammography as a preventive health care …

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Did you know your Tricare deductible and catastrophic cap reset every Jan. 1? As always, Tricare costs depend on who you are as well as your health plan (for example, Tricare Prime or Tricare Select). So take a few minutes to re-familiarize yourself with the deductible an…

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Humana Military are working closely together to quickly assist approximately 75,000 TRICARE beneficiaries affected by a payment processing error that occurred Dec. 5. For those affected, health care coverage remains uninterrupted.

WASHINGTON - Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning or foodborne illness during the holidays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Tricare recently expanded coverage for beneficiaries who meet certain criteria. Coverage now includes: concurrent pediatric hospice and curative care, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and platelet rich plasma injections.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The second annual Tricare Open Season will take place from Nov. 11 through Dec. 9. During this time, you can enroll in or change your Tricare plan. Choose from Tricare Prime (including the US Family Health Plan) or Tricare Select. Picking a health plan is an important and…

The Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and seven other organizations gathered at Horses Healing Humans Oct. 12 for a for a “Barnyard Boogie” family sensory afternoon. Local businesses, non-profits and mental health professionals collaborated to …