Influenza Vaccination Week

December 6th through the 12th is national Influenza (flu) vaccination week. This is a reminder for everyone 6 months or older that there is still time to get their flu vaccine. The exact timing and duration of flu season varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in the month of October. Most of the time flu activity will peak between December and February. The best way to reduce your risk from seasonal flu and its potentially serious complications is to get vaccinated every year.



Cataract Awareness Month

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., but msot cataracts are treatable with surgery. The doctor removes the damaged lens and replaces it with an artifical one. Cataract surgery is 95% succesful. This eye condition mostly affects people over 40 and the causes range from diabetes, eye disease, eye injury, or eye inflammation. Intense heat, smoking, oral steroids, or hereditary influences can also contribute to the formation of cataracts.

Cataracts are an eye condition where the lens of one or both eyes become covered with cloudy areas. Symptoms of cataracts are seeing halos around lights, seeing faded colors, having blurry vision, trouble driving, reading or doing othe...


Wellness Notes - Healthy Hearts

With the month of "love" almost upon us, lets talk about our hearts and heart health. Having a healthy heart is really important. It's a busy organ that constantly pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients throught the arteries.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Coronary heart disease (CHD), or sometimes called coronary artery disease (CAD), is the most common type of heart disease. When someone has CHD, the arteries that take blood to the ehart are narrow or blocked. This happens when fatty material or cholesterol build up in the arteries. Having too much cholesterol or sugar in the blood, high blood pressure, or smoking frequen...


Wellness Notes

Mental Wellness Month

January is the month we celebrate Mental Wellness. When we talk about mental health, this refers to behavioral, emotional, or psychological disorders. The National Alliance on Mental Illness report that at least 14 million adults experience mental illness each year. That means one in five Americans adults suffer with mild to serious symptoms.

Depression, anxiety, bipolar, eating disorders, and substance use disorders can all be in the mental health disorder category. Kleptomania, pyromania, or having a paranoid personality are sometimes included in this catergory as well, but it is less common.

Only a small portion of those diagnosed receive proper treatment, even thou...