The Doctor’s Note: Should I get the flu shot?

With the focus on coronavirus (COVID-19) these past several months, it may be surprising that we are talking about a different virus today. However, with similarities between a flu and COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to prevent the respiratory illnesses we can. According to the CDC, the flu vaccination is “the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.” Blue Cross and … Continue reading The Doctor’s Note: Should I get the flu shot?

{Guest blog} Suicide awareness month – how to cope with social distancing, quarantine & isolation

Since the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the nation and the world has seen significant changes to daily living. While social distancing, quarantine and isolation help prevent the spread of infectious disease, these same practices may impact your mental health in a negative way. Common reactions Everybody reacts differently to stressful situations. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience anxiety, worry or … Continue reading {Guest blog} Suicide awareness month – how to cope with social distancing, quarantine & isolation

{Guest post} Somehow, someway, school is starting

The back-to-school shopping, the bustling hallways after a long summer away from friends, the first day icebreaker games – it’s all going to look A LOT different this year, thanks to coronavirus (COVID-19). Depending on the infection rates in your community, schools may not physically reopen at all. Whether it’s staggered school hours, safely distanced desks or strictly online learning, there’s a lot of uncertainty … Continue reading {Guest post} Somehow, someway, school is starting

The opioid epidemic is still a crisis, even during a pandemic

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gripped our country, many aspects of life just stopped. Schools were closed/ Movies, concerts, and vacations were cancelled. Many people found themselves out of work or furloughed. Others found themselves stressed about working an essential job that required them to risk exposure to the virus that was increasing in numbers on a daily basis. Many found themselves with nowhere to … Continue reading The opioid epidemic is still a crisis, even during a pandemic

Keeping your home safe

You’re probably spending a lot of time in your home these days. That’s one place where you have some control. Here are some tips that can help keep you and your home safe and help control the spread of the coronavirus. Practice prevention. Wash your hands well and often. Scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds. If you go out, wash your hands as … Continue reading Keeping your home safe