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National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 4-10)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Cold and flu season is upon us, and this week’s spotlight on influenza vaccinations is a perfect reminder to take your child to the pediatrician for a flu vaccine (if you haven’t done so already).  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2011-2012 flu vaccine will safeguard against three viruses: influenza A (H1N1), influenza A (H2N2), and influenza B. 

Getting the flu vaccine will protect your family and loved ones from worse symptoms.  Read more about the importance of getting a flu vaccine below.

Parents.com Resources

Here are more resources recommended by Shot of Prevention, a community blog that brings you the latest news and guidelines about immunizations, which recently hosted a conference call (sponsored by Every Child by Two and Families Fighting Flu) to raise awareness about flu vaccines.

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August Is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Kids’ eyes are exposed more to the sun and to UV rays during the summer season. Coastal Contacts, an online supplier of contact lenses and sunglasses, shares some quick and helpful tips on how to protect your child’s eyes for the remaining days of summer and all year long.

Have your children wear protective eyewear. This includes glasses and contacts any time your eyes may be exposed to UV light. Even on cloudy days, UV rays still cause damage. When wearing UV-protected contact lenses, sunglasses should also be worn to protect the areas that are not covered by the lenses.

Purchase quality sunglasses (UVA/B Protected) for your children. Choose sunglasses that have protective lenses. Good sunglasses block out 99-100 percent of both UVA and UVB radiation in addition to blocking out 75-90 percent of visible light.

Pay attention to the lens color. Gray-colored lenses provide the best natural color vision. They reduce intensity of light without altering the color of objects.

Purchase glasses with large lenses. Glasses that fit close to the eyes and wrap slightly around the head offer the most protection against harmful rays.

Inspect your children’s glasses before buying. Lenses should be perfectly matched in color and free from distortion and imperfection.

Read more about eye safety on Parents.com

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