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Winter Travel Essentials

You've put alot of effort and expense into planning a perfect winter vacation. Check out these travel tips and products to help you protect your health while you're away, so the only thing you bring back is great memories.

Travel Vaccines

Protect yourself from common travellers’ ailments - and other more serious diseases. Get vaccinated at your local Super Thrifty Pharmacy. If your destination requires a specific vaccine , your Super Thrifty pharmacist knows which one you need for best protection. Click for a list of current travel health advisories.

Beat the Winter Blues

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

What is SAD?

An estimated 2% to 3% of the general population suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to the amount of sunlight we’re exposed to. Often referred to as the "winter blues," SAD is a real medical condition that can affect anyone, even people who are not already predisposed to depression.

Should all Baby Boomers be tested for Hepatitis C?

By Mark Mercure, Bsc. PHARM

My favourite questions that I receive in the pharmacy are the ones that require me to do some reading to find the right answer.

A few days ago, I was asked by a patient whether it was true that all Baby Boomers should be getting tested for Hepatitis C infection. The patient had heard this being reported, and I was not aware of this as a new recommendation.Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver by the Hepatitis C virus. Most people who are at some point infected by this virus will develop a chronic, lifelong infection.

Winter Skin Care

Cold weather, low humidity levels, and harsh winter winds result in dry air, which sucks vital moisture away from the skin and can lead to dry, cracked and bleeding skin. Indoor heat further robs your skin of moisture, as do hot showers or baths and harsh cleansers. During winter we need to do a little more to keep skin smooth and hydrated. Try these tips to reduce chapping, redness, itching, and help keep skin healthy and comfortable all winter.

1. Avoid overly hot showers

Fire Prevention Tips for a Safe Winter Season

 
(NC) With the winter weather here to stay, many of us are waiting out the cold in the comfort of our homes. Whether you're wishing for warmer days or enjoying your time with indoor activities, it is important to keep home safety top of mind. Here are a few important safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:
 

Teach Your Children the Value of Giving

(NC) If you're a parent or grandparent looking for a gift idea, why not consider making a charitable gift in the child's name? Embedded in philanthropy is often the concept of empathy, a critical social and emotional skill. Many parents who value philanthropy and wish to support the development of empathy in their children want to pass this value on to their kids.

If this is something that you value, it's important to start talking to children about philanthropy early in their lives and continue to have those discussions as they grow.

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