Consumer Updates RSS Feed en It’s a Good Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine Haven’t had your flu shot yet? It’s not too late. And there are still good reasons to get one. Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:49:02 EDT FDA Coronavirus Disease 2019 Testing Basics Easy-to-understand information about the different types of coronavirus tests Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:14:11 EDT FDA Learn More About COVID-19 Vaccines From the FDA Get answers to your questions about the standards for safety and effectiveness to support an emergency use authorization of COVID-19 vaccines. Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:40:27 EDT FDA Microneedling Devices: Getting to the Point on Benefits, Risks and Safety If you&#039;re thinking about microneedling to make your skin look better, know the benefits and risks associated with microneedling devices. Check out the FDA&#039;s safety tips. Mon, 20 Sep 2021 16:14:25 EDT FDA Healthy Breakfasts for Kids: It's All About Balance Healthy breakfasts are a must for kids and help keep them going strong all day. This article and short video provide tips on making it happen. Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:15:59 EDT FDA Desayunos saludables para niños: Todo es cuestión de balance Los desayunos saludables son esenciales para los niños. Conozca siete consejos prácticos para prepararlos <br /> Fri, 17 Sep 2021 17:14:36 EDT FDA Lupus Therapies Continue to Evolve May is National Lupus Awareness Month, a good time to think about lupus and the challenges it presents to patients. Learn about this chronic, autoimmune disease and the promise of future therapies. Fri, 17 Sep 2021 15:53:33 EDT FDA 5 Things to Know about Delta-8 Tetrahydrocannabinol – Delta-8 THC Delta-8 THC products are not approved by the FDA and may put you at risk. Thu, 16 Sep 2021 18:02:48 EDT FDA Food Timely articles and multimedia content about food and food-safety. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:48:01 EDT FDA Drugs Consumer articles about over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:46:09 EDT FDA Dietary Supplements Dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA as food, not as drugs. However, many dietary supplements contain ingredients that have strong biological effects which may conflict with a medicine you are taking or a medical condition you may have. Products containing hidden drugs are also sometimes falsely marketed as dietary supplements, putting consumers at greater risk. For these reasons, it is important to consult with a health care professional before using any dietary supplement. Read these Consumer Updates to learn more. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:43:58 EDT FDA Animal & Veterinary Consumer articles from FDA about animal health and veterinary medicine. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:41:00 EDT FDA Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Protect Your Family We can each take simple steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect ourselves, our families and our communities. Get a COVID-19 vaccine. Wash your hands often. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others. Avoid crowds and practice social distancing. Wed, 15 Sep 2021 11:22:22 EDT FDA Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses Sun safety is always in season. It’s important to protect your skin from sun damage throughout the year, no matter the weather. The FDA continues to evaluate sunscreen products to ensure that their active ingredients are safe and effective. Fri, 10 Sep 2021 14:17:42 EDT FDA Focusing on Contact Lens Safety In addition to offering flexibility and convenience, contacts help correct a variety of vision disorders. But contact lenses also present potential risks. See these safety basics, including information on proper hygiene and proper practices for cleaning, disinfecting, and storing your lenses. Thu, 09 Sep 2021 14:23:46 EDT FDA Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 During the COVID-19 pandemic, some consumers seem to be increasingly interested in turning to ivermectin, a drug often used to treat animals, to treat COVID-19. FDA has not approved or authorized ivermectin for this use. Using ivermectin to attempt to treat COVID-19 can b dangerous and even lethal. Tue, 07 Sep 2021 12:20:53 EDT FDA Are You Storing Food Safely? Storing food properly can help prevent foodborne illnesses. Here are tips for safely storing food in your refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards. Fri, 03 Sep 2021 11:20:53 EDT FDA 5 Things You Need to Know about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Adolescents 12 through 17 Adolescents 12 through 17 are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. In a clinical trial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine the most commonly reported side effects following vaccination in people 12 through 15 were mild to moderate and consistent with those reported in participants 16 and older. Tue, 31 Aug 2021 08:39:17 EDT FDA FDA 101: Dietary Supplements Part of the &quot;FDA 101&quot; series, this article describes how dietary supplements are regulated and offers safety tips for consumers. Mon, 30 Aug 2021 11:30:45 EDT FDA Giving Medicine to Children When young children are sick and cranky, it can be tough to get them to take their medicine. Watch this video for tips from an FDA pediatrician on giving the dose without the battle, in English and Spanish. Mon, 30 Aug 2021 11:29:15 EDT FDA