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We receive many questions about the safety and effectiveness of sunscreens.  We know that repeat sunburns put you at a substantial risk for skin cancer and premature skin aging.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the American Academy of Dermatology (ADD) agree that Sunscreen should not be your only protection from the sun. They suggest that you wear clothing that blocks the sun’s  UV rays, wear a hat and sunglasses, find shade, and plan on being outside when the sun is lower in the sky – earlier or later in the day.

If you need to use sunscreen, the EWG  suggests  that you choose your sunscreen wisely, and offer a list of safer sunscreens at their website

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)   does not believe that all of the ingredients that EWG questions pose a health risk. They want to make sure that everyone over 6 months old uses sunscreen. The AAD does suggest that you be choosier when applying sunscreen to small children – “Sunscreens that use the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, or special sunscreens made for infants or toddlers may cause less irritation to their sensitive skin”.  The AAD guidelines are to use a broad spectrum (blocks UVA and UVB rays), be SPF 30 or higher and be Water Resistant or Very Water Resistant.

The more that you know about your medications and your health, the better you are able to manage your health. Next time you need a prescription filled come to Kemper Drug and let us help you be healthy! Wellness is Contagious, Pass it on!

Did you know that you can receive your Immunizations for Flu, Pneumonia 13 (Prevnar), Pneumonia 23 (Pneumovax), Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis – Whooping Cough) and Zostavax (Shingles) from our pharmacists at Kemper Drug.

Zostavax Vaccinations Reduce Your Risk of Getting Shingles. Please call for more information or to make an appointment. Zostavax Vaccinations are recommended by the CDC for those over age 60 and are approved for those ages 50 and Older.
Guidelines for who should get Zostavax Vaccine
Zostavax Vaccine Information Sheets
Zostavax Vaccine Release Form

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