August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Do you know how important it is to keep up with your screening tests and immunizations? Most people get shots for tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria (a throat infection that can lead to serious problems) as children. But protection for these diseases fades with time, so adults need booster shots. Talk with your health care team about the screenings and immunizations that you may need to be up to date. And while all preventive services have benefits and potential risks, depending on your preferences, you may wish to receive additional, fewer, or different services. Learn More.
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an ongoing problem, but it doesn’t have to keep you from being active. A healthy lifestyle balanced with the right amount of rest can help you control your arthritis. Sometimes simple tasks can be hard to do when your joints hurt. There special tools and aids that your healthcare provider can recommend that will make things easier by reducing strain and protecting your joints. Be sure to see your healthcare provider as requested for checkups and lab work. Learn More.
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