What is B12?
Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, also known as cobalamin.
It plays a vital role in brain function and the production of DNA and red blood cells.
Chemically, vitamin B12 can exist in a number of different forms, but all of them contain the mineral cobalt.
The vitamin can be stored in the liver for a long time, so it may take a few years for a deficiency to develop.
Why are people B12 deficient?
The recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin B12 is 6 micrograms per day.
Deficiency is common, especially in people who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet.
In fact, it’s thought that up to 90% of people following these diets have a deficiency.
This is because B12 is only found naturally in animal foods.
However, vegans and vegetarians are not the only ones who are deficient. Even some meat eaters don’t absorb it very well.
Unlike other vitamins, the absorption of vitamin B12 depends on a protein produced in your stomach, called intrinsic factor.
Intrinsic factor binds to vitamin B12, so that you can absorb it into the blood. People who don’t produce enough intrinsic factor can become deficient.
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place from Dec 7-13th every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established the NIVW in 2005 to highlight the significance of an influenza vaccine. Getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent this influenza referred as the flu. It typically peaks from December to February and last as late as May and it’s the peak-time to get the flu shot.
Vaccination to keep away from the Flu
The Flu viruses are spreading and the people are getting sick. If you don’t want to be one among them, then get the flu shot now to enjoy the year-round with your friends and family without the “flu fear”. Vaccination is the best step to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu. It is very important to get the flu vaccine every year.
Who needs the Flu shot?
According to the CDC, everyone, from 6 months to older will have to get the vaccination to protect themselves against the contagious flu. Some children from 6 months through 8 years will require two doses for complete protection. And the Children of this age group who are getting the shot for the first time should get two doses spaced at least 28 days apart. Your child’s Doctor can better tell you if your child requires two doses.
Types of Flu Vaccine
There are several options for this 2014-15 season:
The Trivalent flu vaccine protects against three different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and influenza B virus.
The Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four different flu viruses, two influenza A viruses and influenza B virus.
Ask your Doctor to know which vaccine to get.
Where can I get the Vaccination?
If your doctor’s office is closed, you can find the nearest locations where the flu shots are available like local health department or pharmacy. You can use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to trace the nearest flu vaccine location by simply entering the zip code.
Check if you are at High Risk
The flu related complications can lead to one’s death. The People at high risk include:
• Pregnant women
• People with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, heart disease.
• Children under 5 years, and those of 65 years and older
• People living in nursing homes and such long-term care facility
• People around those who are at high risk like health care workers, household contacts
• And also caregivers
CDC has a complete list of the people who are at high risk of serious flu related complications, check hereand also check here if you should get vaccinated.
Get your flu shot today! Get it to live the year-round happily with your loved ones, without the “flu fear”.
What is a food allergy?
When you have a food allergy, your body thinks certain foods are trying to harm you. Your body fights back by setting off an allergic reaction. In most cases, the symptoms are mild—a rash, a stuffy nose, or an upset stomach. A serious reaction can be deadly.
Allergies tend to run in families. You’re more likely to have a food allergy if other people in your family have allergies like hay fever, asthma, or eczema (atopic dermatitis).
Food allergies are more common in children than adults. About 7 out of 100 kids have them but only about 2 out of 100 adults do. Children often outgrow their food allergies, but if you have a food allergy as an adult, you will most likely have it for life.
What are the symptoms?
Food allergies can cause many different symptoms. They can range from mild to serious. Your mouth may tingle, and your lips may swell. Other symptoms include:
•Cramps, an upset stomach, or diarrhea
•Itchy skin with red, raised bumps called hives
•Stuffy nose, wheezing, or shortness of breath
•Dizziness or lightheaded
Kids usually have the same symptoms as adults, but sometimes a small child will cry persistently, vomit, have diarrhea, or not grow as expected. If your child has any of these symptoms, see your doctor.
Some people have symptoms after eating even a tiny bit of food. As a rule, the sooner the reaction begins, the worse it will be:
•Your throat and tongue may swell quickly
•You may suddenly start wheezing or have trouble breathing
•You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit
•You may feel faint or pass out
Note: If you have (or see someone having) any of these symptoms, call 911 right away.
What foods most often cause a food allergy?
A few foods cause most allergies. A food that causes an allergy is called a food allergen. Usually it is the protein in a food that causes the problem.
•Eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, soy, and fish cause most problems in children. Most kids outgrow allergies to milk, wheat, eggs, and soy by the time they are 5. But kids rarely outgrow an allergy to peanuts or fish.
•Peanuts, tree nuts (like walnuts or almonds), fish, and shellfish cause most problems in adults.
•If you are allergic to one food, you may also be allergic to other foods like it. So if you are allergic to peanuts, you may also be allergic to soybeans or peas.
How is a food allergy diagnosed?
Your doctor will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical exam. Your doctor will also ask what symptoms you have.
If your doctor thinks you could have a serious food allergy, you may have a skin test. The doctor will put a little bit of liquid on your skin and then prick your skin. The liquid has some of the possible food allergen in it. If your skin swells up like a mosquito bite, your doctor knows you are allergic to that food. Your doctor may also do blood tests to look for the chemicals in your blood that cause an allergic reaction.
How is a food allergy treated?
The best treatment is to never eat the foods you are allergic to. Learn to read food labels and spot other names for problem foods. For example, milk may be listed as “caseinate,” wheat as “gluten,” and peanuts as “hydrolyzed vegetable protein.” When you eat out or at other people’s houses, ask about the foods you are served
If you do eat a food you are allergic to, medicines can help. You may be able to stop a mild reaction by taking over-the-counter antihistamines. You may need prescription medicines if over-the-counter drugs don’t help or if they cause side effects, such as making you feel sleepy.
Poor health can significantly affect your life. Improve your life by creating good health habits. Call your local office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for evaluation and testing.