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Autumn Health Tips
Shorter days…. Crisper air…. Colorful leaves… Autumn is upon us. That means back to school, fall sports—and a host of seasonal health and safety issues. The doctors and staff at your local Lancaster General Health Physicians practice are glad to answer your questions and provide the care and service you need to stay safe and well.
The #1 thing to do to avoid the flu
Influenza, or flu, is a serious disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. CDC recommends that everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. Many locations offer them, but some insurance plans will only cover vaccines administered in a medical setting. See your doctor about getting a flu shot or nasal spray flu vaccine.
Cold or flu? Who knew?
The common cold and influenza, or flu, are both respiratory illnesses. With the flu, symptoms like fever, body aches and fatigue are usually worse—but it can be difficult to tell them apart without a diagnostic test in the first few days. The flu can result in serious health problems, so when in doubt, call your family doctor right away.
Be a good sport—get a physical
If your child wants to participate in sports activities, chances are he or she will need a physical. Our physicians know the requirements for area schools and offer convenient evening and weekend appointment times that are convenient for you and your young athlete.
We have you covered from head to toe
From sprained ankles to head injuries, more than 2.6 million children a year are treated in the emergency department for sports- and recreation-related injuries, according to the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If your child is hurt, your family doctor can evaluate and treat the injury or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
Best foot forward with backpacks
Correct backpack use may save your child from long-term back and neck pain. Backpack Safety America says the loaded backpack shouldn’t be more than 15 percent of your child’s body weight. Bend at the knees when lifting it, and use all straps provided to distribute weight evenly.
An ounce of prevention…
Pennsylvania requires a number of vaccinations to keep schoolchildren, their classmates and the community safe from diseases such as measles/mumps/rubella, chickenpox, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough. Ask your family doctor about the recommended schedule for these vaccines, or a “catch up” schedule if your child hasn’t been protected.
Halloween is all treats with these safety tips
The Consumer Products Safety Commission reminds parents to look for “Flame Resistant” on the label when buying Halloween costumes. Use reflective tape and flashlights to keep kids visible to drivers. Visit only homes where residents are known, inspect treats for choking hazards or signs of tampering and eat only factory-wrapped goodies.