You protect your children every day. But did you know, one of the best ways to protect your child is to make sure they have, and are up to date all of their vaccinations?
- Immunizations Save Lives Immunizations can save your child’s life and protect them against more diseases than ever before. With advances in medical science, diseases that once injured or killed children have been completely eliminated through vaccines. Polio is a great example of this.
- Safe and Effective You may worry that vaccinations may cause pain and discomfort to your child. You may also worry that they may cause serious side-effects. The disease-prevention benefits of vaccines are much greater than any side effects for most children and can save your child’s life.
- Immunizations Also Protect Others Vaccinations prevent disease. If your child is a carrier of a preventable-disease and are not vaccinated, they can pass that disease along to others. It is important to have your child immunized to stop the spread of disease to your loved ones and family members that may be at risk of getting the disease.
When it comes to women’s health, we are here to help. One common problem affecting women is endometriosis. Endometriosis affects the uterus and causes a kind of tissue that normally lines the uterus to grow somewhere else within a woman's body. It can grow on the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels or even on a bladder. And in rare cases it can grow on other body parts as well. This often considered “misplaced tissue” can cause pain, infertility and heavy periods. Some women experience no pain or symptoms at all, but others generally experience pain in the abdomen, lower back and pelvic areas. And regularly, having problems getting pregnant can be the first sign a woman has that she even has endometriosis. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, but pain medicines, hormones, and last resort, surgery can be done to help treat it. If you are experiencing symptoms, ask your doctor for more information about endometriosis.
With Spring in the air, allergies seem to becoming a persistent problem in the upcoming months. Don’t let allergies keep you from doing the everyday activities that you enjoy, find out what allergies affect you and how you can treat them. Allergies are extremely common and cause you to have symptoms that often make you feel slightly under the weather. In fact, 55% of the U.S. population has tested positive to one or more allergen. And specifically for spring allergies, ragweed pollen season has increased by by four weeks in the last 10 years. This means your allergy season, if allergic to pollen, will also increase. At UFMC we specialize in educating our customers. We not only do regular allergy testing, but we provide you with the tools to help you treat your symptoms.
Unfortunately, Osteoporosis is far too common. Due to contrary belief, osteoporosis is not a general sign of aging and is not just caused by too much activity earlier in life. There is a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis and protect your bones. You’re never too young or too old to start protecting and improving bone health. Prevention should start as a child and continue throughout your life. Good habits that you can form to help your bone health include:
- Get your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D - each and every day from a well balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Eat bone healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit
- Limit your alcohol intake to a maximum of 2-3 drinks per day
- Avoid smoking
National Nutrition Month is a great month to start or continue your mission to eating healthy and learning about how you can improve overall nutrition in your life. Founded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this great celebration focuses on the importance of making healthy food choices and developing a plan to stay on track with eating and physical activity. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. This theme encourages you to adopt eating and physical activity plans focused on making sound and informative eating choices. It also encourages getting daily exercise to maintain a healthy weight and reduces the risk of chronic disease. National Nutrition Month is also to spread awareness of the importance of nutrition and promote overall good health. For more information on National Nutrition Month, click here.