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Pharmacy Tips

separator Avoiding Mosquito Bites, Avoiding West Nile
The risk of developing West Nile virus is extremely low, even if you’re bitten by a mosquito that carries the germ. But West Nile cases are on the rise, and the highest risk is for people older than 50. To decrease your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:
  • Apply insect repellant that contains DEET, even when you go outside for a short period of time.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. If your clothing is thin, mosquitoes can bite through it, so spray your clothes with DEET.
  • Be especially careful from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are at their peak biting time.
  • Drain standing water from around your home. That’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Who for Flu Shots?
Should you plan on getting a flu shot this year? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you should get a flu shot in October if you’re at higher risk for complications. That includes people who:

  • Are 65 and older
  • Children 6 months to 23 months
  • Adults and children who have chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and asthma
  • Women who are more than three months pregnant

Additionally, the CDC stresses that anyone who wants protection from the flu should get the shot, even if you’re not in a high risk group. The CDC recommends that people in this category get shots in November.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Best Head Lice Treatment?
According to the National Pediculosis Association, people waste a lot of time and energy on lice removal products that may be toxic. The best way to get rid of lice, the Association says, is to get a lice removal comb. This allows parents to detect lice early and remove them.

Head lice need human blood to survive. They don’t thrive on any other items in the house. It’s not necessary to spray carpets, bedding and furniture. Instead, vacuuming is a good way to remove any lice that may have attached themselves to human hairs that have fallen out.

If you try these methods and still can’t get rid of the lice, talk with your pediatrician about which product is safest for your child.

One other thing: African-Americans technically can contract head lice, but it’s very rare in this population.

Source: National Pediculosis Association

Reye’s Syndrome and Aspirin
Reye’s syndrome is a disease that affects all organs of the body, but it affects the brain and liver most seriously. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes Reye’s Syndrome, but people who have it tend to be those who took aspirin, are 18 years old or younger and are recovering from a viral infection such as cold, flu or chicken pox.

Early detection of Reye’s Syndrome is extremely important. Symptoms of the early stage include persistent vomiting, lack of energy and drowsiness. In the second stage, symptoms include irritability, aggressive behavior, delirium, convulsions and coma.

Children 18 and under shouldn’t take aspirin. The risk of Reye’s syndrome is small, but it’s not a risk worth taking.

Source: National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc.

Vitamins to take as You Age
A lot of factors determine what kind of vitamin supplements are necessary as people age. In general, the body’s ability to absorb vitamins decreases over time, which could lead to a need for increased intake of calcium, vitamin B-12, vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. It’s also common for appetite to decrease, especially among the oldest adults. Issues to consider when figuring out a vitamin regimen include:

  • Activity level
  • Everyday food consumption
  • Health status
  • Medications taken

Eating a wide variety of healthy foods is extremely important, but vitamins are likely to be of benefit also. If you’re 50 or older, or you’re caring for someone who is, talk with your doctor or a nutritionist about the need for vitamins.

Source: The American Dietetic Association: Nutrition, Aging, and the Continuum of Care.

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