UPDATE: Healthy Choices has been extended to end on
April 25th, 2019
2018 is coming to a close and sweater weather is descending upon us. During this time of year, it's easy to fall into the routine of staying indoors, lounging on the couch, and eating holiday cookies.
But Signet Healthcare has something better in mind!
Let's end the year healthy and strong with
HEALTHY CHOICES 2018.
Come enjoy FREE: exercise classes, workouts for all activity levels, health screenings, blood pressure checks, physician evaluations, body mass index calculations, and much more.
All from licensed Physical Therapists and
Dr. Richard Berry, M.D.
Every Tuesday & Thursday
from April 1st - April 25th
Carolina Adventist Academy
3710 James b. white hwy s
whiteville, nc 28472
EVERYONE IS WELCOME
TO MAKE THE HEALTHY CHOICE!
Please join us on Monday, February 18th as Healthy Choices hosts a Vegetarian Cooking Class.
According to numerous studies (including research from Mayo clinic and Harvard University), adopting a well balanced vegetarian diet can have amazing benefits to a persons health.
Here are 10 benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet:
You can learn this and more at the Vegetarian Cooking Class hosted by Healthy Choices on Monday, February 18 2019.
The flu season is upon us again. The season starts in early November and can go as far as May of next year. The CDC estimated that death from influenza virus was as high as 40,000 last year. It may even be higher this year because of all the weather changes we are facing.
When I talk to my patients about the flu vaccine, I sometimes hear comments from some like “every time you give me the flu vaccine, Dr. Berry, I get the flu.”
Now let me clear up some misconceptions, the flu vaccine is a killed virus. You cannot get the “flu” from getting the vaccine. When you get the vaccine your body begins to produce antibodies that will protect you just in case you are exposed to the flu virus. It usually takes 2 weeks for the antibodies to be made. While your body is producing the antibodies you may not feel well for a couple of days. You may have a low grade fever, body aches and a running nose. These are the signs that your body is producing the antibodies. This is not the flu. I recommend and give my patients Tylenol for 3 days after the injection to help alleviate these symptoms.
The vaccine is recommended from age 6 months and up. Be advised that the nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended this year again. Remember the vaccine does not protect you from getting the flu or the 250 other viruses out there that cause the common cold. It only protects you from the severe symptoms of influenza A and B, and Swine flu. You may still get exposed to the flu virus by coming in contact or close quarters with someone, or an article that has been contaminated by the virus. Your symptoms will be significantly reduced if you have had the antibodies in place before the exposure. It is like life insurance. You get it “just in case.” Similarly, “just in case” you are exposed to the deadly flu virus, you should have the immunization in place. It may save your life.
Keep up the communication with me and update me on your progress at your next appointment. Also, thank you for your questions. Keep them coming through the patient portal.
THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. Always consult your Doctor, PA or FNP for any problems you may be having and for more information about what you have read.