Plan for a healthy summer

May 26, 2016 | Pamela Youngberg Dickson

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:

  • Protect against pests. Zika is in the news almost every day, but there are a wide range of illnesses (and nuisance!) spread by mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Here’s the down-low on the effectiveness of some common repellents.
  • 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.

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Pamela Youngberg Dickson

Before she came to Smart-Fill, Pamela developed marketing strategy and content for a range of technology start-ups and large-cap enterprises. Outside the office, she's into gardening, renaissance history, the Big Ten, and exploring the great outdoors.