” We all know the old English proverb: “It’s better late than never.” But believe it or not, the saying does hold true when it comes to your annual flu shot.
Infectious disease expert Susan Rehm, MD, says it’s wise for people to get the vaccine whenever they can because there’s really no way to know for sure what type of flu season is ahead. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine.
South Tabor Family Physicians encourage everyone to get the flu shot to protect themselves and others from getting sick. The Flu vaccine prevents tens of thousands of hospitalizations each year. There are many myths on this topic and the CDC has a page dedicated to this subject. Select here to read more. Here is some of that information:
” Do I really need a flu vaccine every year?
Yes. CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for just about everyone 6 months and older, even when the viruses the vaccine protects against have not changed from the previous season. The reason for this is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccination is needed to get the “optimal” or best protection against the flu.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it is a fact that Breast Cancer can happen to any of us. We want to help each other by spreading the word that prevention is the key for fighting this. By women helping women, we all become one, we all have a mom, a sister, an aunt or a person who we know and by spreading the word could make a difference.
It’s great weather this weekend to get outside and possibly visit a natural space.
Being outside is important to our health! Lucky for us we live in an area with many places to choose from. Check out this listing of local Gardens in Portland. Here are a few reasons why being outside and in nature is beneficial to our health:
The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures will remain in the mid 90s through the weekend, peaking Sunday, July 29th with highs nearing 100.
Seniors are most vulnerable to prolonged heat exposure, in part because they perspire less, a function that cools the body.
Our laboratory is licensed to perform highly complex testing, so we can run most tests your South Tabor healthcare provider orders on-site and get your results back faster. Many labs can be performed STAT during your appointment to assist your provider in diagnosing and treating you. Find out more here.
New research shows you could live up to 14 years longer by doing just five things.
The study, published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation, found that following these five healthy habits increased longevity for American men and women:
- Quitting smoking
- Keeping a healthy body weight
- Eating a healthy diet
- Regularly exercising
- Drinking in moderation
Read more details here.
South Tabor Family Physicians wants our patients to be antibiotics aware. Do you know the difference between infections caused by #bacteria and the ones caused by #viruses? One can be treated by antibiotics, the other can’t. Take a look at this graphic by the CDC. #BeAntibioticsAware
This post reminder graphic is specific to men – but regular checkups are a must for your entire family. South Tabor Family Physicians LLP offers comprehensive medical care for in the Portland, Oregon area. Our doctors and staff serve you at every stage of life. “For your car and your body, regular checkups are a must. Talk to your doctor and get control of your health.”