It is the middle of summer, deep in the heat and fun days. Remember, July is Melanoma Awareness month. Wear your sunscreen! Avoid the sunburns. Don’t forget to cover your lips and ears, too. Always wear a hat and sunglasses. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body, not just on the sun-exposed areas of the skin.
Also, it is mosquito season. (Isn’t that a year-round thing here in north central Florida?) There are many mosquito borne illnesses. Florida Health maintains information about them. In Florida, we many people who travel from areas with more common infections spread by mosquitoes but we should be alert and mindful because viruses are constantly changing and mutating. Wear insect repellent. Plant mosquito repellent plants around your porches and patios. Burn citronella in lamps and torches (outside). If you aren’t running your air conditioner – which is hard to imagine – make sure your window screens are intact and prevent mosquitoes from getting into your home.
If you are traveling for vacation, always wear your seat belts and do you simple car check-ups: tire pressures, oils and fluids. And never text while driving. And no Pokemon Go! while driving. You can come by the office to see if we have any Pokemon to catch, though.
School restarts in a month. Get your school and sports physicals completed early. Call for an appointment. This is the time to verify your vaccines are up-to-date, too.
I hope everyone has a great summer….and football is coming!