Vaccines, also called immunizations, are a hot topic. Nearly everyone has an opinion about their effectiveness and safety, and whether it’s a community responsibility to get or not-get vaccinated.
Before you form your own opinion, it’s important to know the basic facts about how they work and what they protect against.
Sign up online to get San Francisco emergency warnings via wireless text or email
Did you know that San Francisco residents and visitors can get alerts about city emergencies (tsunami warnings, flooding, citywide disaster info, traffic disruptions) sent automatically to their wireless devices and email accounts? Just go online to register for free at www.AlertSF.org, a program of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management.
Research shows that seniors who include a little bit of work in their days are apt to stay healthier
Where Mexican meets Mediterranean
Summer in the Bay Area means great wild salmon. For amazing tacos, throw some on the grill then into whole-wheat tortillas with all the fixings. Mexican flavor meets the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet—fish, whole grains and fresh veggies. What’s not to like?
• 12 ounces salmon fillet, cut into four portions (3 ounces each)
• 4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
Hit the road for fun and fitness
Getting out and enjoying the day can work wonders for your health and well-being. Each of these irresistible day trips offers a specific health benefit.
For better or worse, today’s preoccupation with new media and technology has changed the way we live and communicate
You’re almost 65, or perhaps you’re older, and planning to navigate Medicare may seem overwhelming.
Here are answers to a few questions to help you get started.
Bumps, burns, fevers, falls. Stuff happens! And sometimes, that stuff is serious enough to require quick medical attention.
It can be difficult to determine the best response in the face of a sudden medical situation. Should you call 9-1-1? Go to the nearest emergency room (ER)? Visit a after hours or urgent care center? Or wait for an appointment to open up at your doctor’s office?
In the face of any medical emergency that you consider potentially life-threatening, always dial 9-1-1 immediately.
Your main doctor is the coordinator of your general care; the quarterback of your medical team. Often called a primary care physician – or PCP – your doctor should be someone you trust, like and feel comfortable with.
If you’re looking for a new PCP – or looking to change the one you have – you might not know how to find a good match out of the many options available to you.