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By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
January 15, 2021
Category: Medical
Tags: COVID Vaccine  
COVID VaccineWe’ve been hearing a lot of news reports about the coronavirus vaccine. Perhaps you’ve seen them being administered on TV and you’re wondering whether you and your family should get vaccinated. You may have questions or even reservations about the vaccine. Here’s what we know so far about this new vaccine,
 
The Vaccine Supply is Limited
 
Since the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is limited it is first being given to first responders and healthcare workers who are on the front lines, as well as those working and living in long-term care facilities. In essence, this vaccine is being given to those who are most at risk for contracting the coronavirus at the moment.
 
As a larger supply of the vaccine becomes available within the US, the opportunity to get vaccinated will be an option for others. Those over 16 years old can get vaccinated, but the vaccine is not approved to be administered to,
  • Children and teens under 16 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a history of severe allergic reactions
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant you should talk with your doctor first about whether you should get vaccinated.

You Need Two Doses
 
The Pfizer vaccine is the vaccine that’s being administered to the majority of the population at the moment. The vaccine consists of two shots taken three weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine is also given as two doses administered 28 days apart. While both are fairly similar vaccines in how they work, as well as their efficacy, Moderna’s vaccine does not need to be stored in very cold temperatures, while the Pfizer vaccine does. Even after refrigeration, the Pfizer vaccine only has five days in the refrigerator before it expires.
 
The Safety and Effectiveness of the COVID-19 Vaccine
 
There are two COVID-19 vaccines: one developed by Moderna and the other vaccine developed by Pfizer. As of late, the FDA has confirmed that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are equally effective, providing up to 95 percent protection against the coronavirus.

While the two COVID-19 vaccines have a high efficacy rate, patients of the trial did experience some side effects with the vaccine. Some of these side effects were similar to what you would experience with a cold or flu including,
  • Muscle and joint aches
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Soreness at the injection site
However, these side effects are minor, particularly when compared to the symptoms of COVID-19. Tens of thousands of people participated in the COVID-19 vaccine study. The FDA has approved the vaccine to be safe and effective.

The CDC will continue to update their site with valuable information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available. While it will take some time before the majority of the US is vaccinated, we understand that you may have questions, especially before getting vaccinated. Talk with your general medical practitioner today to find out if the COVID-19 vaccine is right for you.
By St. Mary's Medical Clinic
November 10, 2020
Category: Medical
How Your Health Changes as You Get OlderAs we get older, we also grow wiser. We may also notice a few grey hairs and wrinkles around the eyes too. Of course, we are experiencing more than just changes to our physical appearance as we age. Our bodies are also changing, which means that you need a general medicine doctor that understands what tailored and individualized care you need to stay healthy at all stages of your life.

Seniors are more at risk for:


Arthritis


Arthritis is incredibly common, affecting millions of people over the age of 65. Arthritis can lead to severe and chronic joint pain and stiffness, as well as cause limited mobility. Those with arthritis may have trouble completing certain day-to-day tasks such as brushing their teeth or driving.

If you suspect that you might have arthritis you must see a general medicine doctor who can provide you with medication and lifestyle changes designed to slow the progression of the disease and to prevent severe joint damage.


Heart disease


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol are also more at risk of developing heart disease. Fortunately, simple lifestyle changes can greatly reduce your risk, so talk with your doctor about dietary changes, exercise, and other ways to improve the health of your heart.


Diabetes


According to the CDC, 25 percent of people 65 and older have diabetes, which equates to around 12 million seniors. Diabetes can have a serious impact on just about every system in the body, from the eyes to the feet, so you must visit your doctor at least once a year for bloodwork. If you notice symptoms of diabetes you should also schedule an appointment with your doctor. Diabetes can be properly controlled through a healthy lifestyle and medications to control blood sugar.


Osteoporosis


Middle age brings with it weakening, brittle bones, which can also increase the risk for fractures. Calcium is incredibly important for healthy bones, so talk with your doctor about whether you should be taking calcium supplements or vitamin D, as well as determining simple ways to incorporate more calcium into your diet. Vitamin D can be found in fortified cereals, tuna, and egg yolks; however, a supplement may be the best way to absorb this important vitamin.

You must find a doctor that truly listens to your needs and concerns. If you are worried about your risk for heart disease or want to talk with a doctor about ways to incorporate exercise safely into your daily routine, talk with your general medical practitioner today.