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Christmas Tree Syndrome: Is Your Tree Making You Sick?

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? – until your Christmas tree ends up making you sick. More than one-third of American households will put up a Christmas tree during the holiday season, and if you find yourself sneezing with a runny nose and itchy eyes …

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Top Reasons To Get Your Immunizations For Elementary School and College

We care for our families and we want them to be well. The only way to truly eliminate fears of infection and disease is to keep vaccinating. Many of us tend to be hesitant on getting immunizations, as it can be hard to trust what we see on the news. Most of us who have …

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Summer 2019: 4 Top 4th of July Health And Safety Tips

July is one of the hottest months of the year when many of us are outside, home from school and out of work early. As everyone is getting ready for their annual celebrations and traditions, it is important to get ready this summer 2019 with these 4 top Fourth of July health and safety tips.  …

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Frostbite: Symptoms and Prevention

Winter is the time for fun and games in the cold – from skiing to sledding to building snowmen. It’s important, however, to keep yourself and your family safe by knowing the danger of prolonged exposure to cold, windy weather. One of the greatest risks of exposure to below-freezing winds and winter air is frostbite, …

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Christmas Tree Syndrome: Is Your Tree Making You Sick?

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? – until your Christmas tree ends up making you sick. More than one-third of American households will put up a Christmas tree during the holiday season, and if you find yourself sneezing with a runny nose and itchy eyes …

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College Vaccines for Freshman: Q & A

Have a child on their way to college? College opens up a new world of opportunity, but also a new world of risks. Communal living spaces, less-than-sanitary conditions, and irregular sleeping habits all can leave students vulnerable to disease. That’s why prevention is key, and vaccines are now being required for your incoming freshman, especially if …

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10 Important Safety Tips When Around Fireworks

We love the  fourth of July. It’s a wonderful day, weekend… often week… filled with backyard bar-b-ques, celebrations, and fireworks. But for about 230 families a year, it also means a trip to the emergency room. This year especially, because the holiday falls mid-week, we have an extended 4th of July celebration; more opportunities for fun, but also …

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Is it Flu Or is It a Cold?

Learn how to tell whether you have a bad cold, or flu. Sneezing, headache, fever, chills, aches and chest discomfort will are flu symptoms. Cold symptoms usually include sneezing, sore throat, minor aches and pains, a cough, congestion and a runny nose. Often these can overlap. The table below will help you distinguish whether you …

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What is the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine?

You’ve probably been getting a flu shot since you were a wee child– 6 months old to be exact. That’s the age the CDC recommends children begin getting the annual vaccine. Not much has changed about the vaccine you’ve been getting for ages until the development of a quadrivalent version in 2012. AFC is here to …

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