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Posted: Jan 8, 2019

Keep the Kiddos’ Car Seats Rear-facing

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Care Seat Safety recommendations update: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging families to keep babies and toddlers in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

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Posted: Jan 2, 2019

Flu-shot Mythbuster: Fact or Fiction

Written by SMH Ambulatory Services Manager Jen Storch

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is by getting the flu shot. Here on the Suncoast, flu activity typically begins in October or November, increases in winter months and peaks in January and February. This year, health experts are encouraging everyone older than 6 months to get the inflenza vaccine early (September-October) due to concerns about COVID-19 and how it may interact with the flu. 

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Posted: Dec 13, 2018

Beware Holiday Hazards for Kids

With SMH Emergency Medicine/Toxicology Clinical Pharmacist Jeremy Lund

The holidays are a magical time, but the decorations, merrymaking and magic also can present unexpected hazards, especially for children. Keep everyone safe this season with these tips for poison prevention during the holidays. 

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Posted: Dec 7, 2018

Urgent Care or ER: A Guide, by Symptom

Written by SMH Digital Content Editor Ann Key

Medical care at an urgent care center is not the same as care at an emergency room. So what’s the difference? How do you know when to go to urgent care or when you should head for the nearest hospital emergency room?

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Posted: Nov 20, 2018

Antibiotics: Take 'Em or Leave 'Em?

Written by SMH’s Steve Kamm, MD, & Johnna Hommell, LPN

Antibiotics, first used in the 1940s, are among the greatest advances in medicine, but they are not a cure-all. In some cases, it’s actually worse for your health to take an antibiotic than to let an illness run its course. So when should you take antibiotics?
 

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