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.

But there is so much more to summer safety than preventing a sunburn, like ticks and mosquitoes.  Click here for resources to educate patients on risks and prevention.  Click here for access to 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.