Traveler’s Vaccines

Do you dream about exploring the grassy savannas of Africa? Or the steamy tropical jungles of the Amazon? Well, before you start packing for your dream vacation, stop by Sand Run Pharmacy and talk with a pharmacist about which travel vaccines are recommended by the CDC for your destination dreams. Not only can pharmacists help determine which vaccines will be most beneficial for you, but we can also administer all CDC recommended to patients over the age of 13 without a prescription.

Let’s Get Active!

Physical activity is an easy way we can improve our overall health and quality of life. Some of the benefits of physical activity include prevention or delay of diabetes and high blood pressure, reduced risk for certain cancers, and a happier mood. You might be wondering what types of things are considered physical activity. It has been shown that the most benefits come with two types of activity- aerobic and muscle strengthening. Aerobic activities are things that get your heart rate up such as walking, riding a bike, and jogging. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, body-weight exercises such as pushups and sit ups, and yoga. Try to add some of these activities to your weekly routine!

Oral Health

It’s really important for us to remember that oral health matters too when it comes to our overall health. Oral health has been linked to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease as well as risky habits such as tobacco and diets high in sugar. Oral health problems common in adults include tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and oral cancer. Some simple ways for adults to keep their mouths and teeth healthy are to practice good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing, visiting the dentist on a regular basis, limiting tobacco and alcohol, and using toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride.

Get Rid of Unwanted and Unused Drugs

Did you know there is an entire day dedicated to getting rid of unused medications? April 25, 2020 is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! Take-Back Day is an annual event that provides a safe, convenient, and responsible way for patients to dispose of their unused medications, in addition to educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since the program began in 2010, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has collected nearly 5,000 tons of unused medications! For a complete list of locations participating in the event, visit the DEA’s official Take-Back Day website, www.takebackday.dea.gov. If you have drugs to dispose of and are unable to participate in the event, the pharmacy stocks bags to properly dispose of unused medications.

Risks of Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the number 1 preventable cause of death in the United States. It has the potential to cause extensive damage throughout your body and puts you at a much higher risk for a number of diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, and COPD. Quitting smoking can significantly decrease your risk of smoking-related diseases and early death. There are a number of programs available to help you quit. Some of these programs include counseling, behavioral therapies, prescription and non-prescription products. If you are a smoker and are interested in quitting, talk to your doctor or pharmacist today!

Insomnia

Have you been trying to count the sheep, but it just seems like there is no end in sight? Trouble sleeping or staying asleep, also known as insomnia, is something that affects countless Americans on a regular basis. A lack of sleep can cause fatigue, a weakened immune system, difficulty concentrating, changes in your mood, among other symptoms. If you are having trouble sleeping, some things that you can try are keeping your bedroom at a cooler temperature, avoid using an electronic device like a smartphone or computer for 30 minutes before bed, keep your bedroom dark while you are sleeping, and try to keep a regular sleep schedule everyday of the week. If these don’t help, stop by Sand Run Pharmacy and talk to one of our pharmacists about a product that might be right for you.

Hand Hygiene

Hand washing can help eliminate the spread of germs! Germs are on everything we touch. If we don’t wash our hands and we touch our eyes, nose, or mouth, germs can enter our bodies and potentially make us sick. Washing our hands with soap and water removes germs. The best way to wash our hands is to wet them with clean running water, lather with soap, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. Some key times we should wash our hands are before making/eating food, when we are around someone who is sick, after using the bathroom, after touching animals, and after coughing or sneezing. Washing our hands is an easy way to stay healthy!

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month!

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in the United States that affects both men and women. Who is most likely affected? It is most common in people age 50 and older and affects all racial and ethnic groups? So how can you to protect yourself? Early screening and physical activity are key. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 6 out of 10 deaths could be prevented if people age 50 and older received regular screenings. Talk to your doctor today about your screening options!

Daylight Savings

Don’t forget to reset your clocks on Sunday, March 8! “Fall-back” may be easier on the body than “Spring-forward” but both can interrupt your sleep habits by disconnecting your internal clock and your daily schedule. In general, it takes about a day to adjust for one hour of time change. Exposure to light decreases the secretion of melatonin, your brain’s natural sleep substance. It is important to expose yourself to light during the waking hours and decrease light for sleeping. Reducing caffeine, alcohol, and technology at bedtime are also recommended. If it is still difficult to sleep or you feel chronically tired even after adjusting sleep habits, it may be recommended to see a specialist.

Do I Need the New Shingles Vaccine?

Looking for your second shingles shot? Or getting ready to start your two-dose series? The new shingles vaccine is recommended for people over 50 years of age.It is recommended that all those that received the old shingles vaccine get re-vaccinated with this new, more effective vaccine. You may be on a waiting list at your local pharmacy, but the wait is over! This vaccine has been on a shortage at many pharmacies, but we have been able to keep stock up for you. There is no appointment necessary, and we guarantee both shots.