4 Ways to Stop the Spread of Colds & Flu at School and Work

how to stop the spread of colds and fluCold weather and shorter days are a reminder that cold and flu season is once again upon us. However, if you work in an office or are a student, the coughing and sneezing going on around you may be all the reminding you need! Even in environments where you come in close contact with others, there are many steps you can take to stay healthy and stop the spread of illness when someone does get sick. Read more »

3 Weight Loss Resolutions You Shouldn’t Make

weight loss resolutionsStatistics show that more than 30% of New Year’s resolutions – including those that have to do with weight loss – are broken by February. If you want to get your weight under control, it’s vital to set realistic goals. If you fail to meet an unrealistic goal, you are more likely to quit trying instead of giving your resolution another shot! The experts at your neighborhood RediClinic health clinic remind you to avoid the following resolutions that are sure to set you up for failure. Read more »

Healthcare Premiums Skyrocket, RediClinic Remains an Affordable Option

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Since the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges in the fall of 2013, millions of Americans have signed up for the government-sponsored healthcare plan. The recent news that unsubsidized healthcare premiums for the ACA are expected to rise nationally by an average of 25% – and more than 50% in some states – came as a shock to many. Significant increases are also expected in ACA plan deductibles.

In the private sector, health insurance premiums are expected to rise about 5% for those with employer-sponsored health plans. Read more »

CDC Study Finds Antibiotics Still Being Overprescribed in U.S.

overprescription of antibioticsFor years, the medical profession has understood the dangers of overprescribing and overusing antibiotics. These strong medicines are used to slow down or destroy the growth of harmful bacteria within the body. However, antibiotics are sometimes prescribed even when they provide no benefit. Antibiotics cannot treat an infection caused by a virus, such as colds and flu, a sinus infection or sore throat. They also should not be prescribed when the body’s immune system could resolve an infection naturally, as is often the case with an ear infection or a urinary tract infection. Read more »

Family Corner: Does Your Child Have a UTI?

urinary tract infections in children

The urinary tract includes the parts of the body that make and get rid of urine: the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract through the urethra. These germs may then move on to the bladder and sometimes the kidneys, causing infection. If you suspect your child has a UTI, it’s a good idea to visit a RediClinic walk-in clinic promptly. Here’s why. Read more »

Spike in Whooping Cough Cases Boosts Tdap Booster

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Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness in individuals of all ages. The disease can be life-threatening, especially for babies, but it’s also preventable thanks to the whooping cough vaccine. However, the number of cases of whooping cough has risen in recent decades. In 2012, the most recent peak year, more than 48,000 cases of pertussis were reported in the United States. By contrast, just over 1,000 cases were reported in 1976.

This means that using whooping cough vaccines to immunize children against this disease is vital. RediClinic reminds adults that getting a booster shot is also an important prevention strategy. Read more »