Understanding the Different Types of Vaccinations and Why They Are Important

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Vaccines can significantly lower your risk of catching life-threatening diseases. For this reason, modern medicine has several types of vaccinations available for children and adults.

Vaccines safely expose otherwise healthy individuals to pathogens, or harmful bacteria and viruses, in small doses. This exposure helps the immune system identify and fight the disease by producing antibodies that defend your body against further invasion. Scientists have come up with several types of vaccinations that deliver these pathogens without putting people at risk of succumbing to the illnesses or infections that historically have caused mass fatalities. Continue reading

The Benefits of E-Prescribing for You, Your Doctor, and Your Pharmacist

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E-prescribing is the computer-based creation, transmission, and filling of your prescription. This practice cuts back on paper waste, limits mistakes, and streamlines the prescription filling process.

E-prescribing allows healthcare providers and pharmacists to access key information regarding patient prescriptions from one central, online location. The benefits of electronic prescriptions are far-reaching—you, your doctor, and your pharmacist will save time and money while avoiding potentially life-threatening medication errors. Continue reading

Storing Medications: Why You Have to Take Special Precautions During the Summer

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Storing medication at high temperatures can greatly decrease its effectiveness. Learning how to store your prescription properly could save you from taking useless or dangerous medication.

Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, can have a profound impact on the effectiveness of over-the-counter and prescription medication. Pharmaceutical manufacturers suggest that almost every form of medication be stored in a temperature-controlled room between 58 and 86 degrees.

Take special precautions when transporting and storing these medications and always follow any additional instructions given to you by your pharmacist or doctor. Continue reading

The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Summer Sunburns

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Sunburns should be avoided as much as possible all year-round, but special caution needs to be taken during the summer months when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are most harmful.

According to a survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation, 42% of poll respondents become sunburned at least once per year. It only takes as little as 15 minutes for the sun’ UV rays to damage your skin.

Even minor sunburns can be dangerous: any sunburn that causes your skin to become red, hot, or painful increases your risk of sun damage. Second-degree burns—burns that form blisters or cause peeling—increase your risks of developing skin cancer exponentially. Continue reading