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The Word for Summer is Safety

What do you picture when you think of July?  Fireworks, backyard barbecues, trips to the beach or lake or swimming pool?  It's so much fun that we almost forget about the hazards...until we're covered in mosquito bites, treating the worst sunburn ever, or find tick on our child.  As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."  That prevention starts in the pharmacy.

July is UV Safety Month.   Click here to access tools you can use to raise patient awareness on the importance of UV protection.  The American Cancer Society has a wealth of information here which may benefit you and your patients.

UV protection is necessary, no doubt, but many patients have begun to worry if the products they use to protect themselves might cause more harm than good.  A growing number of consumers have begun to question the claims made and chemicals used by some makers of sun protection.  If this sounds like your patients, check out the EWG's Sunscreen Guide.

Another summer concern is the excessive heat.  Share the information provided here with your patients so they can protect themselves, their children and their pets this summer.

Then there are the ticks and mosquitoes which carry diseases in addition to being annoying.  Click here for resources to educate patients on risks and prevention.  Patients concerned about the effects of chemicals used in protection will probably want alternatives to DEET.  Alternatives do exist, but each comes with its own "cons" and patients may be surprised that DEET may be safer than they had assumed.  You can access more information and comparisons here.

Also check out the National Safety Council's page on National Safety Month.  The site has tips and information for staying safe at home, at work and on the road.