Have you gone through your medicine cabinet lately? It might be time to take the plunge!
Start by making an inventory of all the medicines you have in stock. Once you have your list of medications completed, consider cleaning out your medication cabinet. In fact, make it a semi-annual habit to sort through the over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications on hand and discard expired drugs. It is also a good time to restock your supply of standard OTC medications like pain relievers that you like to keep on hand for minor injuries and illnesses.
Nobody likes heading out in the middle of the night or when you feel lousy to purchase these types of items. It is all part of being prepared for medical self-care.
Another big part of staying healthy is preventing illness by keeping up-to-date on your immunizations and vaccines.
Immunizations help your immune system recognize and quickly fight off disease causing organisms. The need for immunizations does not end at childhood. Many people are hospitalized or die because of influenza (the flu) and other diseases that can be prevented by immunizations. Your primary care physician can always give the best up-to-date information about adult immunizations.
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When you need good help fast, the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System is here to provide what you need to get well. Whatever your ailment or emergency, you can call 757-215-APPT (2778) before noon and we’ll schedule you an appointment for the same day. Calls after noon will receive scheduled appointments within 24 hours.