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Get a Shot or Not? The Importance of Immunizations

Vaccination in the shoulderBy Dr. Tania Elliott

Vaccines are a hot topic in the news and Doctor On Demand is a strong supporter of getting all your shots. As families prepare to go back to school and get the required vaccinations, August is the ideal time for National Immunization Awareness Month.

But getting vaccinated is not just for kids. Vaccinations keep everyone healthy by triggering the body to make proteins called antibodies that then protect against specific viral and bacterial infections.

Avoid the Summer Things that Sting

By Dr. Tania Elliott

Summer picnics are nice, until something flying by stings you. Bees get the blame, but the humble honey bee is not the source of most stings. There are a variety of stinging insects that include hornets, wasps and fire ants. Enjoy your summer outing. Just be aware of what can sting. Here are some tips to avoid unwanted attention:


Celiac Disease 101

celiac-disease-awarenessBy Dr. John Giardino

Have you adopted a gluten-free lifestyle because of the reported health benefits? Gluten-free is definitely the popular and “hip” movement of our time. Yet there are contrary reports that say the benefits of avoiding gluten are not proven —  unless you have true gluten intolerance or an autoimmune condition known as Celiac disease. If you have Celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is a must. Here’s what you need to know about Celiac disease:

Food Allergies 101

food-allergy-awarenessBy Dr. Tania Elliott

We eat three times a day, not counting snacks. That leaves lots of opportunity for eating something we’re allergic to. But did you know there is a big difference between a food sensitivity and a food allergy? What is the treatment for a real food allergy? Let’s review some key facts:


Spring Allergies Alert

hero-spring-allergiesBy Dr. Tania Elliott

Spring is in the air, and so is…POLLEN! Tree pollen to be exact. And even if you live in a city with few trees, you are not in the clear. Pollen can travel in the air for up to 100 miles. So how can we protect ourselves from spring allergies? Here are some tips: