| Posted On May 04, 2021 | By:

Seasonal Allergies, the Common Cold, or COVID-19?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a cough, sneeze, sore throat, or congested nose might trigger heightened anxiety. However, it’s important to remember that despite the many precautions we are taking during this pandemic, seasonal allergies and the common cold still exist. While some symptoms do overlap, there are a few key differences between allergies, the common cold, and a COVID-19 infection to keep in mind when assessing your symptoms.

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| Posted On Oct 24, 2018 | By:

When to Seek Medical Care for the Flu

The chances are pretty good that you’ve either seen or heard the message that, if you haven’t already done so, you should get a flu shot as soon as possible.

Although getting vaccinated doesn’t completely eliminate the risk that you’ll catch the flu, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness and prevents millions of people from flu illness and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. Flu vaccination has also been shown to reduce the severity of illness.  

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2016 | By:

The DIY Vaccine: Hand Washing

No one wants to experience the unpleasant symptoms of seasonal flu or norovirus. Aside from getting your flu shot, what can you do to protect yourself? Wash your hands, correctly and often. It’s a simple, effective way to get rid of germs before they make you sick and, equally important before you can pass along those germs or an illness to your loved ones.

Thanks to the CDC, here are 6 things you should know about hand washing to make your routine as effective as possible and keep those germs away:

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2013 | By:

Being Prepared if Flu Strikes

This year’s severe flu season is hitting early and hitting hard!  At this time last year (a mild flu illness year) there were only 126 reported cases of the flu in Massachusetts, while this year more than 3,500 cases have already been reported.

Getting a flu shot is one way to help you avoid this outbreak.  The flu vaccine reduces your odds of getting the flu by 50 – 70%.  So,

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| Posted On Sep 19, 2012 | By:

All About the Flu

Unlike the common cold or other minor ailments that people mistakenly call “the flu,” real influenza is a major illness that can have life-threatening complications, especially for people of certain ages or with specific high-risk conditions.

In this short video, Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard, answers commonly-asked questions about the flu and the flu vaccine.

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