Vaccines Save Lives

VaccinationsVaccines to protect against becoming infected with serious diseases have done more to save people than all of medicine combined. Yes, there are terrific advances in medical science that can save people who contract diseases or need surgical intervention; however, not getting sick in the first place should always be the primary goal, and vaccines are a great help in this area.
Common and Not-So-Common Diseases Vaccines Can Prevent
The Centers for Disease Control published a list of vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is a sampling from the list:
Cancer from Human Papillomavirus

Diphtheria

Hepatitis A and B

Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Influenza (Flu)

Measles

Mumps

Pneumonia

Shingles

Tetanus
Vaccine Risks
There are risks to vaccines; however, in most situations the risks associated with contracting the illnesses that vaccines can prevent are worse. Most people that get vaccinated do not even have a sore spot on their arm where the vaccine was injected. It is important to tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies such as an allergy to eggs or the preservatives used in some vaccines.

Vaccines and Autism
Several scientific studies have been completed to investigate any correlation with vaccines and autism in children. The findings indicate no such correlation exists. The concern centered around the preservative thimerosal, which is used in multiple dose vials of vaccines. If you are concerned about thimerosal and your child, ask for vaccines that do not contain it.

The Flu Vaccine Cannot Give You the Flu
There is a myth that is perpetually spread that you can get the flu from the flu vaccine. Injected influenza vaccines contain dead viral strains that cannot replicate. It is not possible to be infected with the flu by getting a flu shot. The nasal spray influenza vaccines contain a live-attenuated (weakened) version of viral strains. Both cause your body to develop immunity by activating your immune system. As with most vaccines, the most common side effect is a slight soreness at the injection site. A few others may sense their immune system kicking into gear. It is possible to have already been exposed to a virus prior to the vaccine or to acquire a strain the vaccine does not protect against. Plus, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to do its job.

Deadly diseases such as polio and smallpox have almost been wiped out because of vaccines. The fears parents have of vaccines today is misplaced. Imagine the real fears if polio, smallpox and other diseases were rampant with no protection against them. Start a discussion with your doctor to find out the real facts about vaccines.

 

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Summer Safety Tips for Children

summer safetySummer is just a couple of months away, and it usually a child’s favorite time of the year. School is over and it’s time for some fun in the sun. Children love the summer because it’s the time of the year when you can spend lots time outdoors. With all the time spent outdoors, there are some potential dangers that accompany the summer months. Here are some tips for parents to keep their children safe during the summer.

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Virtual Doctors Visits May Not Be the Best for Urgent Care

virtual doctorsWith the advancement made in technology, we are starting to see more services being available over the internet. These services could be food delivery, shopping, and even a virtual doctor. However, according to Lisa Rapaport, a contributor writer for Reuters, virtual doctors may not be the best option for medical problems that require urgent care.

There was a study that consisted of 67 volunteers, to test eight different virtual doctors. The purpose of the study was to see if the virtual doctors could diagnose the medical problem correctly. The study found that 1 in 4 patients were diagnosed incorrectly.

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Tips to Help Your Children Develop Healthy Habits

healthy habitsTeaching children healthy habits at a young age is very important. There are many lifelong benefits for children who develop healthy habits when they are young. When they are taught healthy habits when they are young, they will most likely carry the habits into adulthood. Here are some helpful tips to help your children develop those healthy habits.

  1. Be a good role model
  2. Keep things positive
  3. Get the whole family moving
  4. Be realistic
  5. Limit TV, video game and computer time
  6. Encourage physical activities that they’ll enjoy
  7. Pick truly rewarding rewards
  8. Make dinnertime family time
  9. Make a game of reading food labels
  10. Stay involved

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Benefits of Going to an Urgent Care Facility

urgent care facility During cold and flu season, many parents can relate to having a sick child that needs to be seen by a doctor but not being able to get an appointment with their regular pediatrician due to lack of availability. Because of this, many people choose to go to an urgent care facility when their own doctor isn’t available.

What is Urgent Care?

An urgent care facility provides many of the same services that a doctor’s office or emergency room provides. Facilities often have hours that extend beyond a typical doctor’s office. Additionally, some urgent care facilities also offer labs, x-rays and pharmacies, which allows for treatment and care to happen in one step.

Benefits of Going to Urgent Care

There are a variety of benefits of visiting an urgent care when you or a family member are sick or injured. These benefits include:

  • Shorter wait times than emergency rooms.
  • Extended hours allow visits to happen after work and school.
  • Typically costs less than an emergency room visit.
  • Highly-qualified doctors and nurses that examine and care for each patient.

Selecting an Urgent Care for Your Primary Physician Needs

Though many people choose to visit an urgent care during an illness or injury, many urgent care facilities offer preventative care, treatment and immunizations. Because of the extended hours available, many people choose to visit an urgent care for their primary physician needs.

Who Shouldn’t Visit an Urgent Care?

If there is a life-threatening emergency, always contact 911 and go to the nearest hospital in order to receive treatment. Major injuries should also be seen at the nearest emergency room. Additionally, infants who have fevers or young children with injuries may need to be seen by the doctors at the hospital. Call the urgent care facility ahead of time if your baby is injured or ill to ensure they have the proper equipment to care for young children.

It’s never easy to have a sick child or family member. Going to an urgent care facility can help to relieve some of this stress by helping you or your loved ones get the care you need when it’s needed.

 

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