Wow, it’s hot.
Extreme heat events in Minnesota are already occurring and are expected to become more common, more severe, and longer-lasting as our climate changes.
Protect your health during high heat and humidity:
A prescription for joy? Yes, it really can improve your health.
MAY 23, 2022 – NH+C offers advice and resources for local families affected by the ongoing shortage of baby formula across the U.S.
The FDA advises parents and caregivers not to make or feed homemade infant formula to infants. Homemade infant formula recipes have not been evaluated by the FDA and may lack nutrients vital to an infant’s growth.
Minnesota Department of Health and formula maker Enfamil both have a list of alternatives to Similac formula that was recalled.
Our Birth Center has been awarded its first star from the Minnesota Department of Health for being a Breastfeeding Friendly Birth Center.
Recognition through MDH’s Breastfeeding Friendly Birth Center Recognition Program:
Your annual checkup is a time for your provider to gather a lot of information about your health. It’s a good time for you to get information too, on steps to take now, and in the year ahead.
Family medicine physician David McIntyre, MD suggests 11 key questions:
MAY 9, 2022 -- Antiviral medicine like Paxlovid can help prevent severe illness and hospitalization from COVID.
Not everyone needs it. Those who do should act quickly, even if they don’t feel very sick at first: Treatment must be started within the first five days of symptoms to be effective.
People over 65 and those with certain risk factors should seek antiviral treatment as soon as they know they have COVID.
APRIL 6, 2022 -- NH+C is now scheduling second boosters of COVID vaccine for people age 50+ and for those age 12+ who are immune-compromised. Appointments are available in the Northfield Clinic on Tuesdays. Call to schedule: 507-646-8019
It must be at least 4 months since your last dose. Pfizer vaccine is available.
We encourage you to seek other options, too. The state’s Vaccine Connector is searchable by location.
Who would speak for you if you couldn’t speak for yourself?
Advance Care Planning is the process of preparing for a time when you may not be able to make your own medical decisions. The best time to make these decisions is when you are able to make your own choices.
Honoring Choices Minnesota is hosting an Advance Care Planning Helpline offering rural Minnesotans free access to education, facilitation and resources for their own advance care plan and healthcare directive. There are 10+ trained volunteer ACP facilitators in the Northfield area.
MARCH 30, 2022 – COVID vaccine boosters are in the news again.
All adults age 50+ and those age 12+ with specific risk factors may get a second booster (a fourth dose) four months or longer after their booster.
Adults 65+ and those 50+ with specific risk factors should get a second booster, says the CDC.
On March 29, the FDA authorized a second booster of Pfizer or Moderna for older people and certain immunocompromised individuals. The CDC updated its recommendations based on the FDA’s decision.
JANUARY 13, 2022 – COVID-19 testing is key to managing the spread of Omicron. A test can tell if you’re infectious even if you don’t have symptoms – so you can take precautions right away and protect others.
Omicron is spreading so fast that the need for COVID tests is skyrocketing. You have several options.
Please do NOT come to the Emergency Department for a COVID test unless you have severe symptoms: trouble breathing, very high fever, pain in chest or belly, severe vomiting or dehydration.