Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine!

flu season ahead sign.shutterstock_70630759Influenza, sometimes simply called “flu,” is a serious illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Therefore, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. To learn more about this flu season and what you need to know, please visit the CDC website.

Many people have questions about the flu and the flu vaccine. Dr. Ben Kruskal, Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard, answers commonly-asked questions about them in this short video.

Harvard Vanguard practice sites are receiving shipments of their flu vaccine supply and will be scheduling appointments for seasonal flu vaccination as long as supply lasts. Our practice locations below offer flu vaccination for adults and children over the age of 6 months – some have walk-in clinics, but many require an appointment. Continue reading

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When the Winter Blues Make You SAD

SAD shutterstock_211950907Every fall, we New Englanders must adjust to seasonal changes. As we move into autumn, the sun sets earlier every day and we turn the clocks back an hour for Daylight Savings Time. This loss of light and the oncoming cold can have a negative effect on our mood. Those who love winter sports celebrate, but many of us feel less energetic and begin to dread the upcoming winter. Some of us believe that bears have the right idea and would like to skip winter altogether, entering our dens to hibernate in October and reappearing sometime in April.

To help make the seasonal transition easier, Harvard Vanguard is offering a seminar called Surviving Seasonal Change: Coping with Less Light. This class is taking place on October 21st and is designed to help you recognize typical reactions to seasonal change and motivate you to take proactive steps to improve your well-being. For more information and to register for this seminar, click here. Continue reading

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Caring for Your Newborn

caring for newbornExpecting your first child? While your list of baby names may be short, your to do list certainly is not. It seems as if there are a million things you need (how can someone so small need so much stuff!), from diapers to portable bath tubs to tiny onesies, as well as cribs and strollers and car seats. Oftentimes, the excitement of preparing for baby is mixed with the realization that you actually need to use all of these things properly, and uncertainty may creep in. How does that swaddling thing go again? How warm should water be for a bath? You worry about keeping your baby safe, how you prepare your home, and what skills you need to develop.

We understand what a big transition a new baby can be, and we’re here to help. Several of our practices offer classes to prepare new parents to care for their newborns safely and happily. See if one might work for you. Continue reading

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Atrius Health Supports the Boston Heart Walk

2015 Atrius Health Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from Atrius Health (Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and VNA Care Network Foundation) participated in the Boston Heart Walk this past Saturday, September 12th at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. This marked the ninth year in a row our staff and their families, friends and even their dogs teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association. The Atrius Health team has raised more than $800,000 for the Boston Heart Walk over the past 9 years. Continue reading

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E-cigarettes and Kids: A Harmful Combination

E-Cig.shutterstock_231369022Despite very successful anti-tobacco campaigns over the past several years that have greatly diminished cigarette use among tweens and teens, e-cigarettes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) products are rising quickly in popularity. In 2014, survey results found more teens used e-cigarettes than regular cigarettes: 9% of 8th graders, 16% of 10th graders, and 17% of 12th graders used e-cigarettes, compared to 4%, 7%, and 14% for regular cigarettes, respectively.

If you are a parent and either do not know what an e-cigarette is or do not think they are a danger to your children, please read on. Continue reading

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