Did You Know There are Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

Did You Know There are Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

Did you know there are two pneumonia vaccines? Pneumococcal vaccines help prevent infections caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. In older adults, this disease can cause serious illness or even death. Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills...
Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare providers to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. During NIAM, Great Plains Quality Innovation...
Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetes is a disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use insulin effectively to control blood sugar (glucose) levels. Although glucose is an important source of energy for the body’s cells, too much glucose in the blood for a long time can cause damage...
Technology Aids in Medication Adherence

Technology Aids in Medication Adherence

The pharmaceutical industry is changing. Changes such as value-based reimbursement, physician shortage, demand for better patient outcomes, rising cost of prescription drugs and the increase in diagnosis of chronic diseases is forcing these changes to occur. It is...
An Estimated 5.7 Million Individuals Are Suffering

An Estimated 5.7 Million Individuals Are Suffering

  Currently there is an estimated 5.7 million individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia; according to the American Alzheimer’s Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the number of Americans...
It’s Flu Vaccination Season!

It’s Flu Vaccination Season!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) hosted  their annual press conference to kickoff flu vaccination season last week. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October before...
Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

Immunizations are Not Just for Children

Immunizations not only help your body fight off disease, they help prevent you from spreading them. Though many people associate immunizations with children, as you age many vaccinations wear off and you may need new or booster shots. Based on your age, health...