Booster doses of COVID-19 Vaccines available now

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The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation for a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations. The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorizationexternal icon and CDC’s recommendation for use are important steps forward as we work to stay ahead of the virus and keep Americans safe.

For individuals who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot at 6 months or more after their initial series:

For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Millions of people are newly eligible to receive a booster shot and will benefit from additional protection. However, today’s action should not distract from the critical work of ensuring that unvaccinated people take the first step and get an initial COVID-19 vaccine. More than 65 million Americans remain unvaccinated, leaving themselves – and their children, families, loved ones, and communities– vulnerable.

Available data right now show that all three of the COVID-19 vaccines approved or authorized in the United States continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.

The following is attributable to Dr. Walensky:

“These recommendations are another example of our fundamental commitment to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19. The evidence shows that all three COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are safe – as demonstrated by the over 400 million vaccine doses already given. And, they are all highly effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death, even in the midst of the widely circulating Delta variant.”

Heartburn

heartburnHeartburn is something that affects millions of people around the country. Tobacco use, pregnancy, fatty meals, coffee, soda and certain spices can tend to have a negative consequences in individuals that suffer from heartburn symptoms. Some things that can be done at home to help with these symptoms include weight loss, quitting smoking, smaller and more frequent meals, not laying down within 3 hours of eating and elevating the head of your bed 6-8 inches. There are also medications to aid in this problem as well. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if these options are right for you.

How much sugar is in your diet?

According to the CDC, 36.5% of Americans are obese, making us one of the most overweight countries in the world. Added sugar is directly related to weight gain, and knowing how much is in your food can limit its effects on you. Next time you’re in the grocery store, check your nutrition labels. The average bottle of soda contains 40mg of sugar per serving. Added sugar is also found in energy drinks, fruit juices, processed foods, and many more.

Food for thought… did you know that 40mg is 10 teaspoons!? For the parents out there, would you serve your child 10 teaspoons of sugar at home?

The benefits of dietary fiber

What is glycemic index? Glycemic index is a term used to describe how quickly your body metabolizes carbohydrates. When you eat white bread, your stomach breaks it down into simple carbohydrates, or sugars. These sugars go straight into your bloodstream and circulate all over your body. Because white bread turns quickly into sugar it has a HIGH glycemic index. Whole grain bread often contains dietary fiber which slows down how quickly those sugars enter your blood, making it a LOWER glycemic index food. Low glycemic index foods help to avoid diseases like diabetes, obesity, and many more. Remember to check your labels!

What is CoQ-10?

Also known as Coenzyme-Q10, this is something made naturally by our bodies. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells, organs and tissues from damage. This Co-Q10 is necessary for healthy cells, organs and tissues and if you take certain medications the natural Co-Q10 in your body could be depleted. Do you take medication for high cholesterol? The popular statin drugs? If you answered yes, and experience aches and pains in your muscles you may be deficient in Co-Q10. Stop in today and ask us about Co-Q10.

Vitamin D, harnessing the power of the sun for strong bones, healthy teeth, and more!

Vitamin D promotes healthy bones and teeth, but did you know it can also strengthen your heart? And your immune system? This is a vitamin that everyone needs, in fact, it is so important that we get it from spending time in the sun and we even store it in our bodies. But if you don’t have enough your body can suffer. How do you know if you’re getting enough? It’s hard to say, but studies show that most people living in our area of the country don’t get enough vitamin D. Stop in and see us at Sand Run Pharmacy to get your vitamin D today.

Healthy fats and unhealthy fats

Here in the United States we are scared of fats. Fats make us gain weight and lead to things like heart disease and obesity. But we’re to tell you that some fats are okay to eat in moderation, in fact, they’re essential! Fish oils like omega-3and omega-6 along with the MCTs or medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil can actually lower cholesterol and help us lose weight. Other sources of good fats are walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pecans. These make for great snacks at those moments when you just can’t seem to get full.

Adren-All and Adapten-All

Stress levels are on the rise. Increased screen time, poor diets, less exercise all contribute. Higher stress causes a decline in focus, lower energy and fatigue. Your body tries to fend off the stress which in turn exhausts your reserves — making it more difficult for you to function at a high level. We have the solution to become more resilient to stress, have quicker recovery from fatigue, clearer thinking, and be focused and alert.

Cerenity

Mood imbalances such as irritability, nervousness and worry can be caused by a variety of stressors. The feelings can be triggered when an event makes you feel frustrated, pressured or uneasy. Anxiety is a natural response to stress, but when it happens often, it can be disruptive to productivity and may even cause mood swings . Put a stop to stress and support your mood with Cerenity, a comprehensive formula that provides a sense of calm and supports focus.

Strokes and your health

Each year over 900,000 people in the US will have a stroke.  It is important to recognize the signs of a stroke and seek help quickly so that doctors can effectively treat them.  It is best to be seen by an emergency room within 90 minutes of symptoms starting because some drugs cannot be used if you come too late.  Signs of stroke follow the F.A.S.T. acronym which stands Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties, and Time.  If you or anyone else has these symptoms, remember to quickly get to the emergency room for the best possible treatments