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4 Facts About Flu Shots

kid getting flu shotHave you had your flu shot yet? Are you perhaps worried about some myths you have heard concerning flu shots and influenza? Here are some facts about flu shots that everyone should know.

  1. Influenza Is a Serious Illness

Influenza, or flu, can incapacitate some people for a few days but can become a deadly disease for people with weakened immune systems. Last winter, around 80,000 people died in the U.S. from complications related to the flu.

People with the flu commonly suffer from respiratory problems. They may have a cough with or without discharge. More serious breathing difficulties can develop. (more…)

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Sneezes, Sniffles, and Germs: Protect Your Kids at School

Approximately 22 million missed school days each year are attributed to contagious illness reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From the flu to stomach bugs, pink eye, or the common cold, your child is exposed to a variety of bacterial infections and viruses while trying to learn and grow at school.

As a parent, you might feel helpless against protecting your child from these and other common illnesses. Fortunately, you can reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school and spreading their illness to the rest of the family. Here are a few things to try.

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Cancerous Moles and Melanoma: Frequently Asked Questions

An estimated 91,270 American adults are diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer every year. It is the fifth most common type of cancer among adult males and the sixth most common type of cancer in adult females in the United States, as well. For many patients, the first sign of melanoma is an atypical mole, but there are other symptoms you might not be aware of.

If you or a loved one were recently diagnosed with melanoma, here are some answers to a few commonly asked questions you might have.

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3 Reasons to Visit Urgent Care Instead of the ER

While emergency rooms are vital when you have a life-threatening condition, the fact of the matter is that many medical issues can and should be treated at urgent care facilities instead. In fact, research presented by the US National Library of Medicine has shown that up to 27.1% of ER visits could be safely treated in alternative healthcare clinics, saving people time, money, and a whole lot of stress. Here are three reasons to visit an urgent care center instead of the ER. (more…)

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Ticks and Prevention of Tick-Borne Illnesses in Minnesota

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota has the dubious distinction of being one of the top 10 states for cases of tick-borne illnesses. Tick-borne infections in the state numbered 26,886 between 2004 and 2016.

A variety of serious diseases are transmitted by ticks in Minnesota. Here’s what you need to know to keep your family safe from tick bites this summer.

Minnesota Is a High-Risk State (more…)

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Poison Ivy and Other Skin-Irritating Summer Plants

If you spend time outdoors in summer, you might come in contact with plants that cause skin reactions including rashes, blisters, and hives. Here’s a short guide to irritating summer plants.

Toxic Plants Aren’t Equally Irritating

Some people have allergic reactions to plants that don’t bother most people. The allergic reaction may resemble a rash. However, the rash is triggered by allergic responses inside the body. (more…)

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