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The Updated COVID-19 Vaccine is Here

Don’t call it a booster. Think of the new COVID-19 vaccine as an updated formula akin to an annual flu vaccine, which targets whatever is circulating that season. The new COVID vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Novavax, are designed to protect against recent variants of SARS-CoV-2—namely, XBB and other Omicron spinoffs, including EG.5. They’re monovalent vaccines, meaning that they contain one strain of the virus, not two.

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Feeling Sick After Vacation Is More Common than You Might Think

For most of us, a summer vacation is that long-awaited event we plan and dream about for months. A vacation is supposed to give us a chance to chill. To relax at the beach, experience nature in a national park or explore another culture. How ironic, then, that so many people need to take a vacation from their vacation!

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Podcast: The Importance of Childhood Vaccines

David Laufgraben, M.D. discusses the importance of childhood vaccines. In this time of COVID-19, your child’s vaccinations are more important than ever. He discusses the immunization schedule used to ensure that your child receives all their necessary vaccines, as well as the common immunization myths and misconceptions.

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Podcast: Lyme Disease

In this episode of Back to Health, Maryellen Benito, D.O. discusses what patient should know about ticks and preventing Lyme disease.

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Infographic: Men’s Health Through the Ages

Men: Do you want good health at every stage of life? Try some of these tips to help make it happen.

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Physical Activity for Children and Teens Will Deliver Lifelong Benefits

It’s called “physical literacy,” and it’s as important to your child’s health and development as a nutritious diet and vaccines to protect against polio, measles and other infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

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Podcast: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

In this episode of Back to Health, Suzanne Irene Pastore, M.D. discusses what patients should know about Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

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Patients Diagnosed with HIV Are Living Long, Healthy Lives, Thanks to Vastly Improved Testing and Treatments

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection still has a long way to go before it can be declared eradicated from the planet. However, vastly improved testing and treatment have changed the face of the disease, transforming it from deadly to manageable.

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Infographic: Everyone Deserves Great Mental Health

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Celebrate diversity and learn about the impacts mental health has on minority communities.

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Infographic: Stay Safe This Summer

It’s time for fun in the sun! Follow these tips to keep your family safe and healthy in the sunshine this summer.