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Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

Time for Flu Shots! [Must-Have Fall Vaccination Guide]

As the fall approaches, we have to start thinking about protecting ourselves and our families against winter diseases. Mostly because the weather isn’t changing, we remember this when it’s too late. Here’s your guide to approaching the matter in an informed, organized and efficient way: Think ahead It takes 10 to 14 days following any vaccination before the immune response and subsequent protection kick in. That is why most countries start immunizing in the early autumn. The peak epidemic season starts before mid-November, and the season usually ends at the end of May the following year. The defense provided by the shot is projected to last for at least one flu season. As October approaches, make sure to plan your vaccinations in the early days of fall to make sure you are protected throughout the winter. Check if you’re in the high-risk group for the flu Getting a yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone. But specific groups of people have the potential to suffer more significantly than others when they contract influenza, and they are encouraged to get a flu shot in September or October of each year to avoid being infected, as well as avoid the risk of flu-associated hospitalization. The flu shot is especially recommended for: People with cystic fibrosis People with heart disease Children and teenagers on aspirin therapy People with asthma, or any chronic respiratory illness People with compromised or suppressed immune systems Adults with chronic diseases Pregnant women Health care workers People over the age of 65 People living in nursing homes and retirement homes, or anywhere that an influenza infection would spread...
Medical Center Hialeah – Did you know you can do THIS to protect your heart?

Medical Center Hialeah – Did you know you can do THIS to protect your heart?

Heart disease is the main cause of death in the United States today. We spend our lives worrying about car accidents, mass shootings, murders, etc., when in fact the biggest risk of death is inside us. This data is alarming, but the good news is there are things you can do to help prevent heart conditions such as stroke or cardiac arrest. Did you know your lifestyle has a great influence on your heart? Many people don’t realize how much is in their hands when it comes to preventing disease and staying healthy. We hope this article will help you see that and convince you to take the necessary steps to take good care of your heart.   How can I protect my cardiac health? There are many things you can do to help prevent cardiovascular (heart) diseases. The list includes: Take care of your overall health. Know the risks. Watch the symptoms. And most importantly, schedule regular checkups at your doctor’s office. Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke, if possible. If your friend is heading out for a smoke break, it’s OK not to join her. It’s your life we’re talking about. Check your blood pressure regularly. The norm is 120/80. Anything higher than that can indicate that something’s wrong. Check your cholesterol. Aim for no higher than 200 mg/dL. The lower your LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol levels) and the higher your HDL (‘good’ cholesterol levels’) within that number, the better. Maintain a healthy diet. Limit foods rich in trans fats as they can increase the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Added sugar is to be limited or avoided as much as...

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