Is it okay to get the flu shot if you are sick?
Flu seasons is almost upon us. Pharmacists are often asked if it’s okay to still get the flu shot if you’re sick. If it’s just a minor cold, it’s okay. If you have a fever higher than 38.5 degrees C., it would be better to hold off until you are well. By the way, the chances of a serious reaction to the shot is about one in a million. About ten per cent of people will have mild reactions like a sore arm, aches and pains for a few days. That’s okay and a sign that your body’s immune system is working.
Mind and body do work together. Proof of this fact is the use of placebo pills. Placebos have no active ingredient and when studies on a new drug are done, they are compared to a placebo. Those receiving the placebo often report improvement in their condition and even experience side effects. The idea of strongly believing something will work may indeed make it work even if there is nothing in it.
An historic health myth still believed by some, concerns constipation. People in the past believed that constipation could cause autointoxication….the poisoning of the body from the contents of the bowel. Of course, today people know there is no truth to this view. The fecal matter in the bowel does not infiltrate the wall of the colon to poison the rest of the body.
Don’t brush your teeth too hard
Use a soft toothbrush in a circular motion and make sure you work on the area between the teeth and the gum line. It’s important to get rid of the plaque, the whitish sticky material that causes decay and if left to build up, can become tartar which can’t be brushed off. This change can happen in as little as a week. So make good oral hygiene part of your daily routine.
The bubonic plague killed 60 million Europeans in the 14th century. There are few cases of the disease found every year but thanks to antibiotics, very few die.
Be sure to visit Penny at Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in the Home Health Care department for your compression stocking, mastectomy or ostomy needs.
Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year. Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally. Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.
Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville Phone:(705) 789-1785