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Pandemic puppies are more than cute: dogs can support mental health management

Posted by Alyssa Malmquist on February 23, 2021

With so many still working at home, more people have the time to adopt and take care of a new pet. These new pets are more than just cute and fun to play with: there’s evidence that owning a dog can benefit mental health management while simultaneously supporting physical health.

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Topics: COVID-19, mental health, pets, dogs

How to find answers to your patients' top vaccine questions

Posted by Provider Networks Team on February 17, 2021

UPDATE: Individuals 65+ and individuals with 2+ certain medical conditions became eligible for the vaccine on February 18, 2021. Learn more.

The Massachusetts’s Department of Public Health (MDPH) has made it easy for providers to find answers to common questions during the pandemic and now in the vaccine phase. Their website provides updates on administrative considerations, vaccine allocation and distribution, administration, prioritization, vaccinating healthcare providers, safety, vaccine storage, MIIS registration, enrollment, and training.

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Topics: COVID-19, vaccine

6 tips for keeping kids safe during the pandemic

Posted by AllWays Health Partners blog team on February 16, 2021

Today's post is from our broker blog, AllWays Insider, about supporting employee health and wellness.

COVID-19 vaccines hold the promise of some day returning to a normal life, but there are currently no vaccines approved for children under 16. If you or your employees have young children, it's important to stay vigilant about health and safety.  

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Topics: Insider News, COVID-19, AllWays Insider

Ingredients in flu vaccine won’t hurt you: two pharmacists explain why

Posted by The Conversation on February 11, 2021

Misunderstandings about flu vaccines have existed for decades, leading to vaccine mistrust and lower-than-ideal vaccination rates. Now that the coronavirus vaccine is being administered in phase 1, experts are concerned that the lack of trust and understanding about flu vaccines could translate into lower-than-optimal coronavirus vaccination rates. That's why we're sharing "Ingredients in flu vaccine won’t hurt you – two pharmacists explain why" from The Conversation.

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Topics: COVID-19, vaccine, flu

4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap

Posted by The Conversation on January 21, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the reality that health in the U.S. has glaring racial inequities. Since March, people of color have been more likely to get sick and more likely to die from COVID-19 infection because they have been living and working in social conditions that worsen their physical health and mental health. That's why we're sharing "4 ways to close the COVID-19 racial health gap from The Conversation.

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Topics: COVID-19, dining