Plan for a healthy summer
This weekend our communities will be honoring our nation’s fallen soldiers. Just this week, I learned we owe this particular day of commemoration to a pharmacist, Henry Wells, who with General John B. Murray decided to honor the Civil War dead by decorating the graves of the honored dead in three Waterloo, New York cemeteries. The tradition stuck.
For many, the weekend also means the unofficial start of summer, and as pharmacists and community members it’s a good time to remind our patients of ways to keep themselves safe and well in the months to come:
- Wear sunscreen. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon. Remind your patients to be vigilant about skin and eye protection.
- Learn first aid. Heat stroke, burns, and even minor injuries at the park are common summer occurrences. Northfield pharmacist Jessica Astrup Ehret has some advice that can help.
- Check inhalers. Allergen activity and warm weather activities can be challenging for asthma sufferers--even for those whose symptoms are well-controlled.
- Plan prescriptions. Like any schedule change, vacations and summer holidays can impact adherence. Encourage patient’s to plan ahead for refills to stay on track.
At Smart-Fill and in our community pharmacies, we honor those who have served and sacrificed for our nation, and want to wish you all a meaningful, happy, and safe holiday.