Adults Need Immunizations, Too: Here’s What you Need to Know

There has been a lot of talk of vaccinations in the news lately. Most of these conversations are about babies and young children. But did you know that adults need immunizations too? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults should keep up with their vaccinations because immunity from vaccines we receive as children can wear off as we get older. Also, as adults, our lifestyles, work conditions, travel habits, and health history, can put us at increased risk for certain diseases. Vaccines can help reduce our risk of some of those diseases. Read on to find out which vaccines you might need.

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Steer Clear of Pesky Bug Bites this Summer

Summer is in full swing, and those long days mean being outdoors until the wee hours…and also trying to avoid being bitten by annoying insects. Some of these biting bugs include ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, mites, fire ants, spiders, bees, wasps, and hornets. Yikes! It’s a wonder we go outside at all! But fear not, there are lots of ways to prevent yourself from being a victim of a nasty bite. In the event you do suffer a bite or sting, there are also things you can do to make it hurt less.

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Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion: Avoiding both this summer

Sometimes it feels as though there are so many health hazards to be aware of during the hot summer months that it hardly seems worth it to step outside. Since that’s unrealistic, it’s good to be prepared when you do find yourself spending  a considerable length of time outdoors. Let’s talk a bit about two similar but different afflictions caused by exposure to extreme summer heat: heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

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Best Tips for Sunburn Aftercare

Summer is in full swing, and try as we might, sometimes we fail to avoid getting sunburned. We all know that wearing sunscreen daily, reapplying as needed, and seeking shade in the midday are the best ways to avoid sunburn (learn more about how important sunscreen is here) , but what can you do once you’ve already gotten a sunburn? Here are some tips for caring for your sunburned skin to minimize damage, peeling, and to shorten your skin’s recovery time!

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Keep Your Brain Healthy With These Tips!

Your brain has a very important job – it allows you to experience and interpret your surroundings through your 5 senses, to problem solve and create, to connect with those around you through language and emotion, and to remember events and facts. However, as we age and through life circumstance, our brains can begin to lose sharpness and abilities, and we experience forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, emotional disregulation, and even dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Thankfully, there are habits you can adopt to keep your brain healthy across the lifespan. Keep reading to learn more about brain health and how to keep your brain strong!

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Safety at the beach? There are a few apps for that!

Happy (official) first day of summer! Many of us will be seeking ways to stay cool  in spite of the heat, and sometimes that can mean packing up the family, the umbrella, and some cold drinks and heading off to the beach. While spontaneous trips can be fun, planning your beach trip ahead of time can mean the difference between a successful beach day and a rough one. To help you get the most out of your beach day,  try downloading a few of these apps to your mobile device.

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Calling All Men! Take Charge of Your Health with the Help of These Resources

It’s the week before Father’s Day, which means it’s also National Men’s Health Week. So today we’re bringing you some go-to resources for health information specific to men. Did you know that men are less likely than women to get regular checkups? Many diseases, like colon cancer and heart disease, can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis, so it’s important for men to see their doctor regularly. Now is the perfect time to (gently) remind that dad, spouse, brother, uncle, grandfather, partner, or friend in your life to make that appointment.

Image: CDC/ Amanda Mills

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The Negative Effects of Prolonged Sitting – And How You Can Avoid Them

Most Americans sit for prolonged periods almost every day, from sitting at your desk at work, sitting in your car, or sitting on the couch in front of the TV. Unfortunately sitting for extended periods can have serious negative health consequences. According to a report published in Annals of Internal Medicine, more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting, and all of that sitting increases the risk of early death even in those who exercise regularly. So what are the negative effects of excess sitting, and how can you avoid them?

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Lyme Disease: Protect Yourself From This Summer Foe

An oldie but a goodie – this post was originally published on 5/15/17.

Summer is right around the corner and that means lots of outdoor activities. If you’re planning some camping trips this summer, or just enjoying the longer days by being outside more, there is something you need to prepare for that you might not have considered: ticks! Yes, those nasty little arachnids that love to hang out in central Florida, also love to infect humans with Lyme Disease. Read on to learn how to protect yourself from this infection.

Protect yourself from ticks this summer!

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