Preventive Care

Preventative care and services are performed in an effort to prevent major illness or injury. Learn about some of the different types of preventative care you can take along with specific prevention for men, women and children.

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Our immune systems change as we get older, which is why babies and teens can't take the same dose of a vaccine that adults can take.

By Brian Peppers

Over-the-counter rapid antigen tests can help slow the spread of coronavirus, but only if you use them properly. We'll tell you when and how to use them.

By Zoë McLaren

The FDA fully approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 and older, but that still leaves children under age 12 ineligible to get vaccinated. Should off-label use be considered to protect them?

By Jennifer Walker-Journey


Vaccines stimulate our immune system to help protect us from a specific disease or virus, like COVID-19. But sometimes that protection wanes and we need additional doses, or booster shots.

By Joanna Thompson

When thinking about traveling with unvaccinated children, two types of risk should be considered – the direct risk for the child and the risk of transmission to others.

By William C. Miller

Pfizer says COVID-19 booster shots are necessary, but the CDC and FDA say they're not. Are these mixed messages only going to confuse those who are still not vaccinated? We asked some expert vaccinologists for their opinion.

By Joanna Thompson

When COVID-19 hit the world in 2020, scientists went into overdrive and developed several successful vaccines. Yet the push for an HIV/AIDS vaccine has been going on for nearly 40 years with no viable result. Why?

By Ronald C. Desrosiers


Vaccine hesitancy has a long history in the world. Why is that and what can be done to change it?

By Alia Hoyt

The CDC and FDA are halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least until further review. If you got the J&J vaccine, should you be worried?

By William Petri

The FDA found the single-dose COVID-19 vaccine safe and effective. So how does it differ from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and is one better than the others?

By Maureen Ferran

While the coronavirus still rages across the globe, Moderna and Pfizer both have achieved more than 90 percent efficacy in their mRNA COVID-19 vaccine trials. Does this mean an end to the pandemic is in sight?

By John Donovan


Many people don't trust vaccines. But the more we know about the flu vaccine, the higher our level of trust will be, and the more people will likely accept a coronavirus vaccine.

By Terri Levien & Anne P. Kim

Every year, a version of the flu vaccine must be developed, to compensate for the changes in the flu virus the year before. Will we ever have a one-and-done flu vaccine?

By Alia Hoyt

Social distancing is definitely not something most of us are used to. After all, we humans are social creatures. So what is it exactly, and how are we supposed to do it?

By Patty Rasmussen

Put down the sanitizer and get out the soap! Health experts say washing with soap and water gets more germs off your hands than using the alcohol-based stuff. But why?

By Alia Hoyt


Whether winter is a-knocking at your poorly insulated office – or you have a too-efficient AC in the summertime, we have some creative real-world tips and advice on gadgets to help you stay warm.

By Alia Hoyt

The HPV vaccine used to be only for adolescents, before they were sexually active. Now, the FDA has approved the vaccine for adults as well. What accounts for the change?

By Alia Hoyt

Chronic neck pain may be a sign of something more serious, but body position and the proper pillow go a long way toward helping you wake up pain-free.

By Alia Hoyt

Liquid nitrogen is a cool new dessert ingredient. But is it safe?

By Jesslyn Shields


Adolescence is a notoriously tough time for people with Type 1 diabetes, but a study shows that giving them money might help them manage the illness more effectively.

By Jesslyn Shields

A study examines the impact of the WI-38 human cell strain, from lives saved to cases of disease prevented.

By Jesslyn Shields

It may sound odd, but some people swear that swishing oil — yes, oil — in your mouth can net benefits for both oral and overall health. What's the scoop with oil pulling?

By Maria Trimarchi

Create a safe, healthy home to protect the important people in your life – your family. These must-have items are the secrets to a safe, healthy home.

By Mara Betsch


Blisters on your toes and feet are annoying and uncomfortable, but you don't you have to sacrifice fashion for healthy feet. Here's how to avoid blisters.

By Jennifer Sellers

Wellness doesn't just happen. Only conscious choices can give you a vibrant, energy-filled existence. Like any other challenge in life, treat positive lifestyle changes as an opportunity to mature and grow. See these recommendations to get started.

By Dr. Mehmet C. Oz