Seasonal Flu Vaccines available; no appointment necessary. Stop in TODAY

Flu season has arrived, and getting vaccinated early is important to make sure you are protected.  

The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months, but is especially important for those:

  • Age 65 or older 
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain conditions (diabetes, asthma, lung disease) who are at higher risk for serious complications
  • People who care for the elderly or others at higher risk for serious complications

Vaccination is recommended as soon as possible to make sure your body has time to produce antibodies against the influenza virus. It takes approximately two weeks for your body to build up protection.

The traditional “flu shot” is available and recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.   This is an inactivated virus that provides protection with less risk of side effects. Although you cannot get the flu from this vaccine, side effects can occur and include:

  • Soreness, redness, swelling at the injection site
  • Low grade fever
  • Aches

Although the influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone over  the age of 6 months, there are some individuals who should not receive the vaccine. This includes individuals:

  • With a severe egg allergy
  • Who have had a serious allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past
  • Who are currently ill with a fever (they should wait until they recover)
  • With a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

These individuals should consult their physician prior to receiving the vaccine.

At Sand Run Pharmacy, we are able to vaccinate patients age 7 and above against influenza. We accept most major insurances and offer affordable prices for those whose insurance does not cover the vaccine. Walk ins are welcome! If you have any questions, please call us at (330) 864-2138.

Employers or community organizers looking to schedule a flu clinic, click Business Flu flyer for more information

Proper Medication Storage

With the summer weather it is important to make sure you store your medication properly. Most medication should be kept in a cool, dry place such as in a kitchen cabinet. While some people may keep medications in a bathroom cabinet, it may be exposed to heat or steam from a shower. Other medications, like insulin, should be refrigerated. If a medication is exposed to heat or not stored correctly, such as keeping it in the car, it can lose some of its effectiveness and won’t work properly, or it can expire.

Drink Water to Stay Afloat

Staying hydrated is always important, but it’s even more so in the summer when the weather is hot and humid. Our bodies use water to regulate our body temperature and sweating is one of the ways it does so in the summer. Other benefits include increasing energy, improving heart health, decreasing headaches, and supplementing the body’s natural detoxification system. Be sure to drink water throughout the day even if you aren’t thirsty, a good initial goal is to drink roughly 8 glasses each day.

Health and Vitamins

There are many vitamins out there and it can be overwhelming knowing what vitamin would be best for your health, so here is a brief overview! Vitamin A is for eye health. Vitamin B1 breaks down sugar, B2 and B3 help cells grow, B5 produces energy and hormones, B6 helps form red blood cells, B7 helps the skin, hair, and nails grow, B9 helps make DNA and RNA, and B12 helps the nervous system. Vitamin C strengthens blood vessels and the immune system. Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Finally, Vitamin K helps your blood clot.

Walking Benefits

Starting to exercise can be intimidating but by just walking daily you have a good start at improving your health. By regularly walking at a brisk pace, you can improve your cardiovascular fitness and endurance, energy levels, and strengthen the immune system. You can start slowly by setting smaller goals, such as walking 5-10 minutes a day and then increase your time and distance as well as your speed. Once this becomes a habit it becomes much easier to meet the standard goal of 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity exercise.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Sunscreen!

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before going outside, even if it is cloudy! The suns UV rays can still reach your skin even if there are clouds in the sky. Try to make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30 and broad-spectrum to protect your skin from both types of UV rays that the sun produces. Sunscreen can decrease your risk of getting skin cancers plus it can also help prevent early skin aging such as wrinkles, sagging, and age spots. No matter what, be sure to reapply every 2 hours!

Help is There if You Need it

Starting July 16, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number will be 988. This will allow for an easier number to remember and use for those seeking help or support, just like using 911. Suicide and suicidal thoughts are a major public health crisis that can affect anyone, and this number can help save lives. This is a free service that is available 24/7. While this can be a hard topic, it is important to know your resources for if you or a loved one might be having these thoughts.

SureMed ® Packaging for Medications

Whether you take several medications every day, or have varying times of day when your medication is supposed to be dosed, the SureMed ® multiple medication packaging may be the right choice for you! Our pharmacy team will organize your medications into individually sorted blister cards, so all you have to do is punch out the correct time of day and take them! You’ll never have to wonder if you remembered to take your medicine, or worry if you accidentally doubled your dose. We can fill your medications once per month, and they’re available to pick up in the store, or we can mail them directly to you.* 

Talk to a Sand Run team member and see if SureMed ® is the solution you need!

Apps available for health or fitness

health-appsThere are many apps available on Apple and Android phones that can help you reach your specific fitness goals. They can do things like break down meals into nutritional information, count calories burned during a workout, help you lose weight, and help you drink an appropriate amount of water on a daily basis. MyFitnessPal is an app that has all of these features and is free to download in your app store. It can help you determine the nutritional contents and benefits of all of the foods you eat on a daily basis and more.

Exercise and you……

exerciseThe American Heart Association has indicated that everyone should be getting 150 minutes of exercise per week to maintain a healthy heart, with many other benefits. 150 minutes can be broken down to 30 minutes a day for 5 out of 7 days in the week. Depending on the individual, this can be anything from walking around the block, to lifting weights, to running marathons. It is important to remember, when just beginning to exercise, to never push your limits. Find out what works for you and gradually work your way up. This will prevent injury and further help you maintain a regime of exercise goals.