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Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Yesterday we brought you flu advice for kids, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Today, we’re focusing on what pregnant women need to know, thanks to the March of Dimes. This post was written by Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Dolan is the author of the upcoming Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby: The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide, to be published on January 29 by HarperOne.
Flu is back in the headlines again. Epidemics, Emergencies, Shortages ……… the publicity can scare folks, especially pregnant women. Flu is taking its toll in 2013 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting widespread illness reported in 47 states and 20 pediatric deaths.
The concerns for pregnant women are real: Flu increases their risk for respiratory complications, preterm labor and delivery, and ICU admission. Newborns are also at an increased risk of severe illness and even death from the flu.
But the message for pregnant women is really clear: Prevention with a flu shot and early treatment of women with influenza-like illness is the best course of action. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), March of Dimes, and CDC all endorse this message, so women should not feel uncertain.
The March of Dimes web site has practical information for women here.
The Immunization for Women website from ACOG reinforces the message:
“All women who will be pregnant during influenza (flu) season (October through May) should receive the inactivated influenza vaccine. The live attenuated influenza vaccine is contraindicated for pregnant women. The influenza vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their unborn children as well as postpartum and breast feeding women and can be given during any trimester. Immunizing pregnant and postpartum women against seasonal influenza can protect the mother and may help her baby by preventing the spread of the flu from mother to child following delivery. The seasonal flu vaccine has been given safely to millions of pregnant women over the past 45 years.”
Women are listening, with 47 percent of pregnant women surveyed by CDC in early 2012 reporting getting their flu shot, up from less than 30 percent four years ago.
So go get your flu shot. And tell your pregnant sister-in-law or co-worker to get hers, too. Let’s help keep pregnant women and newborns out of the headlines by spreading the word.
Photo: Pregnant with a cold via Shutterstock.
Categories: Babies, GoodyBlog, Health & Safety, News, Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Your Life | Tags: flu, flu shot, flu vaccine, influenza, March of Dimes, Pregnancy
Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Teachers With Poor Ratings Clustered In NYC, Charter School Quality: Ed Today
The New York Daily News takes another look at the StudentsFirstNY teacher distribution report and finds something stunning: 20 percent of teachers are “bad” teachers in each of 14 Brooklyn schools. (via Huffington Post)
Light Exposure During Pregnancy Key to Normal Eye Development
New research in Nature concludes the eye — which depends on light to see — also needs light to develop normally during pregnancy. (via Science Daily)
Wow—Obese Kids’ Health Is Much Worse Than We Thought
The research looked at over 43,000 kids ages 10 to 17 around the country and asked about kids’ health issues like asthma, diabetes, and pain, as well as developmental and behavioral issues. (via TakePart)
Kids at Center Stage in Emotional Gun Debate
“Dear President Obama,” began a letter from 8-year-old Grant Fritz, with the shaky printing — missed words, spelling errors — of someone just learning how to put thoughts down on paper. (via Reuters)
Flu Vaccine Not Linked to Fetal Death
Getting the flu vaccine while pregnant does not increase the odds that the fetus will die in the womb, according to a new study of tens of thousands of women in Norway. (via Reuters)
Can Children ‘Grow Out’ of Autism?
New research has found that some children diagnosed with autism actually ‘grow out’ of their symptoms – as well as their diagnosis. (via Fox News)
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: asthma, autism, charter schools, child obesity, diabetes, education, flu, flu vaccine, gun control, gun debate, obesity, Pregnancy, teachers
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
This comes to us from our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
As a parent, you always do everything you can to keep your family safe. With flu season starting early this year, have you taken the steps to protect yourself and your family from flu? Most of the country is now seeing high levels of flu activity, and this may continue for some time. Unfortunately, there is nothing that provides 100% protection against flu. However, flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against seasonal flu and is especially important for children younger than 5 and children of any age with other health complications such as asthma, neurological disease or immune deficiencies. Here are six important things parents should know:
1. A flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu. If anyone in your family hasn’t gotten a flu vaccine yet, go get vaccinated now! With very few exceptions, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated each year, and it’s especially important for people at high risk to get vaccinated. If your child has a high risk condition or an egg allergy, ask your doctor which vaccine is best. Also, flu vaccine may be a little harder to find now than it was in the fall, so you may need to contact more than one provider (pharmacy, health department, or doctor) to find available vaccine. The flu vaccine locator may be helpful to you in your search.
2. Flu vaccines cannot give you the flu. Flu vaccines cannot give you the flu because they are made from killed or weakened influenza viruses. Unfortunately, there are a couple reasons why it’s still possible to get the flu even if you were vaccinated. First, people may be exposed to a flu virus shortly before getting vaccinated or during the period (roughly two weeks) it takes the body to build its immune response after vaccination. Second, there’s a possibility of catching a flu virus not included in the vaccine. And last, some people can get sick with a flu virus that’s in the vaccine even if they got vaccinated, partly due to health and age factors.
3. Stay away from sick people. Flu spreads mainly in the droplets of sick people who are coughing and sneezing, so have your family stay away from people who are sick as much as possible, and, if you are sick, stay away from people who are well. Both kids and parents should stay home during illness and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone unless medical care is needed. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
4. Ask your doctor about antiviral drugs. If your family does get sick with the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat the illness. Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. If you or someone in your family has a high risk condition, antiviral drugs are especially important, and treatment should be started as soon as possible. A doctor will decide whether antiviral drugs are needed (you will need a prescription to get them), but you need to take the first step by asking the doctor about your illness.
5. “Everyday healthy habits” are still important. Make sure everyone in your family knows to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. And remember to wash hands with soap and water often. These last tips are good ones to live by during and outside of flu season and can help protect against the spread of other viruses too. Let’s all do our part to prevent the flu!
6. Know when to seek medical attention. Parents should seek medical attention if their child is not drinking enough fluids, if there is persistent or severe vomiting, if flu-like symptoms linger or improves and returns, if there is difficulty breathing, or other health conditions that are accompanied by flu symptoms, including a fever and/or cough. For infants, parents should watch for signs of inability to eat, trouble breathing, no tears when crying, and significantly fewer wet diapers than normal.
For more questions about influenza and ways to prevent it, visit: cdc.gov/flu or flu.gov.
Photo: Little girl is blowing her nose via Shutterstock
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
FDA Approves Seasonal Flu Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved the first seasonal flu vaccine made using animal cell technology, rather than the half-century egg method. (via USA Today)
Can Your Job Increase Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
A study explores the occupations with the strongest links to breast cancer. (via Time)
OB-GYN group: Birth Control Pill Should Be on Shelves
Birth control pills are so safe and important to women that they should be sold on drugstore shelves, without a doctor’s prescription, says a group representing many of the doctors who prescribe them. (via USA Today)
Behind the Black Friday Hot Toy Lists
Get ready to hear a lot about the Eagle Talon Castle, the LeapPad2 from LeapFrog and the reincarnation of Furby – all of which toy industry insiders predict will be hot sellers this year. (via Reuters)
Monday, October 29th, 2012
Hurricane Sandy School Closings: Thousands Shuttered For Storm Along East Coast
Thousands of schools along the Eastern Seaboard are closed Monday as Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall, attacking the coast with forceful winds, rain and possible snow. (Huffington Post)
ER Docs Learn Better Ways to Help Hurting Kids
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics instructs doctors, providers and EMTs on the best ways to treat children’s pain and anxiety in emergency settings — sometimes, without medication. (NBC News)
Scientists Move Closer to a Lasting Flu Vaccine
Thanks to a flurry of recent studies, flu experts foresee a time when seasonal flu shots are a thing of the past. (New York Times)
Higher-Math Skills Entwined With Lower-Order Magnitude Sense
The ability to learn complex, symbolic math is a uniquely human trait, but it is intricately connected to a primitive sense of magnitude that is shared by many animals, finds a study to be published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). (ScienceDaily)
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
More Evidence Flu Shot is Safe for the Egg-Allergic
With flu season approaching, a new study offers more reassurance that kids with egg allergies can be safely vaccinated against the virus. (via Reuters)
Controversial Bone Product Often Used in Kids
Nearly one in ten U.S. children undergoing spine fusion surgery get injections with bioengineered bone-growth proteins that have not been green-lighted for that use by health regulators, researchers have found. (via Reuters)
Graco Recalling Classic Wood Highchairs Due To Fall Risk
After receiving 58 reports of the highchair seats loosening or detaching from the base, Graco is voluntarily recalling its Classic Wood Highchairs. (via NBC News)
Women Who Have Heart Attacks More Likely to Call 911
Women suffering symptoms of a heart attack are more likely than their male counterparts to dial 911 – but there’s a lot of room for improvement for men and women, alike, a new study finds. (via NBC News)
German Cabinet Approves Bill Allowing Circumcision of Boys
Germany’s cabinet approved a draft law on Wednesday protecting the right to circumcise infant boys, which it says will end months of legal uncertainty after a local court banned the practice, causing outrage among Muslims and Jews. (via Reuters)
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Transgender at Five
She first insisted she was a boy at the age of 2. “I am a boy” became a constant theme in struggles over clothing, bathing, swimming, eating, playing. Eventually, a psychologist diagnosed gender identity disorder. Now Tyler ‘s parents allow him to live as a boy, and the 5-year-old is reveling in his new identity.
Parents Write Bucket List for 4-Year-Old
Cole Rapini, 4, giggles like every other young boy, but his medical condition has bewildered doctors.
School Kids Urge Crayola to Rethink Recycling
A group of California grade school students wants Crayola to start a recycling program for spent plastic markers, but the company doesn’t appear ready to make such a move.
Shot Protects Against More Than the Flu for Pregnant Women
Giving the flu vaccine to pregnant women may bring significant benefits to their babies even before birth, a new study has found.
Tennessee Man Dubbed ‘Octodad’
Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tenn., has 30 children with 11 women, according to officials and media reports.
Rosie Pope: Why I Tweeted My Baby’s Birth
Rosie Pope gave birth to a daughter a week ago and the Twitter world followed every move as she tweeted the whole experience.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: bucket list, crayola, flu shot, flu vaccine, Octodad, recycle, recycling, Rosie Pope, transgender, twitter
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Another Batch of Birth Control Pills Recalled
Glenmark Generics is issuing a nationwide recall of seven lots of birth control pills. The pills are labeled “norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol tablets.”
2nd Victim Dead after Ohio School Shooting
A student wounded in a deadly school shooting has been declared brain dead, authorities said Tuesday, a day after one student was killed and three others injured when teenager opened fire in the cafeteria at a suburban Cleveland high school.
Flu Shots for Expectant Mothers Add to Babies’ Birth Weight
Flu shots for mothers appear to increase the birth weights of their babies, making it more likely they will survive, according to a new study done in Bangladesh.
Autism Not Diagnosed as Early in Minority Kids
Early diagnosis is considered key for autism, but minority children tend to be diagnosed later than white children.
Frozen Embryo ‘Open Adoption’ Raises Hopes, Questions
Meet the modern “open adoption” family — at least two hopeful humans and one embryo, brought together by science, trust, complicated legalities and a goodly bit of luck.
Yoga for Babies: Is It Safe?
They may not be able to walk or talk, but they have no problem arching their bodies into the downward dog pose. Yes, toddlers and babies are doing yoga — studios now offer classes for kids as young as 6 weeks old.
Categories: GoodyBlog, News | Tags: adoption, autism, birth control, birth control pill, flu shot, flu vaccine, recall, recalls, school shooting, yoga