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  • Preventing the Flu

    The flu is a viral infection that can lead to serious diseases, such as pneumonia. That’s why it’s important to… get it any time throughout the flu season (usually until March). The vaccine is available by shot or by nasal spray (LAIV4). Vaccines work by…

  • Creating a Personal Health Journal (Health Diary)

    Creating a personal health journal is a good way to track your health over the years and work with your… Conditions that run in your family. Medicines, vitamins, and supplements that you take. Include how much and how often you take them. Vaccines When you…

  • COVID-19 Face Masks

    If you need to go into public in the COVID-19 pandemic, wear a face mask to contain your germs and… the United States from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the vaccines, and the CDC…

  • COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Top 10 Tips From Your Family Doctor

    Family doctors offer the top 10 ways to protect yourself and others from COVID-19… and the CDC has recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for people 18 and older. In clinical trials, all…

  • Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)

    Gastroenteritis is a medical term for a stomach virus. Many people call it the stomach flu. It can strike anyone… stomach virus. The flu shot only prevent the influenza virus. That is a respiratory illness. The norovirus can change over time. Therefore, vaccines are still…

  • Taking Medicine While Breastfeeding

    Certain medicines taken during breastfeeding can affect you or your baby through your breast milk… may need to take it after a feeding to give your body more time to process it. Talk to your doctor about vaccines as well. They will tell you which…

  • HPV Vaccine is for Boys, Too

    Girls—and boys—can both benefit from getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine reduces chances of developing some cancers later… and girls before they’re exposed to HPV. It’s possible to get the vaccine as early as 9 years of age. Vaccines to prevent HPV There…

  • Flu Risks and Chronic Conditions

    Chronic health conditions can increase your risk of being hospitalized with influenza (the flu). Getting an annual flu vaccine is… risk of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) by 82% for people who have chronic conditions, according to the CDC. Flu vaccines work by…

  • Take Care of Yourself Before Pregnancy

    Whether you’re planning to become pregnant or not, preconception care during your childbearing years is essential. Here are some things… as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, seizure disorders, or maternal phenylketonuria, you’ll need to learn how to manage them during your pregnancy. Any vaccines or boosters you…

  • Rotavirus

    Rotavirus is a highly contagious infection commonly affecting babies and young children. A rotavirus vaccine offers some, but not full,… for testing. Can rotavirus be prevented or avoided? A rotavirus oral vaccine offers some protection against the disease. There are two different vaccines available. One…

  • Autism

    Autism is a developmental brain disorder that affects social, behavioral, and communication skills. Degrees of autism can vary, as can… they may learn more about what causes it. Vaccines do not cause autism. This includes the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Vaccines are an…

  • Genital Warts

    Genital warts are small, flat, flesh-colored bumps or tiny, cauliflower-like bumps. They’re caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)… immune system Gay and bisexual men In certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend you receive the vaccination up to age 45. The vaccines are given as shots (injections…

  • Women’s Guide to Preventive Care

    woman visit is also a good time to review immunization needs with your doctor. He or she can recommend and provide the vaccines you need. Each year, the AAFP and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) collaborate to develop recommendations for the routine use

  • Congenital Heart Disease: How to Care for Your Baby and Yourself

    In many ways, babies born with heart defects are cared for just like any other baby. But there are times… family to get a Tdap shot if they need it to prevent whooping cough. Be sure that your baby gets all recommended vaccines, as well…

  • Know the Facts About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    It can be hard to know what’s true about COVID-19. You may hear conflicting reports from different sources. Here are… and the CDC has recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and older and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for people 18…

  • Splenectomy

    Your spleen is an organ in the upper left side of your abdomen. The surgical procedure to remove it is… care immediately if a dog bites you, or if you notice a rash that forms after you are bitten by a tick. Vaccines can help…

  • Pregnancy After 35: Advanced Maternal Age

    Pregnancy at age 35 or older comes with its own set of risk factors, including greater chances of having a… when you’re 35 or older. Before pregnancy Get a checkup. Make sure you are healthy before you get pregnant. Get any vaccines you need. Discuss your…

  • Health Insurance: Understanding What It Covers

    Health insurance plans differ in terms of what they cover. All plans offered by the federal marketplace, however, must cover… years and over. Hepatitis B screening for those at increased risk. Hepatitis C screening for those at increased risk. HIV screening. Immunization vaccines. Lung cancer…