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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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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Few Parents Recall Doctor Saying Child Overweight
Pediatricians are supposed to track if youngsters are putting on too many pounds — but a new study found less than a quarter of parents of overweight children recall the doctor ever saying there was a problem.

Study Finds How Child Abuse Changes the Brain
Children exposed to family violence show the same pattern of activity in their brains as soldiers exposed to combat, scientists said on Monday.

Flu Vaccination Rates Up, Especially Among Kids
Some 36.7% of children aged 6 months to 17 years had received a flu shot as of early November, an increase of 6.1 percentage points from the same time last year, according to a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Bill Alerts Parents to Teen Driving Habits
A new bill is headed to Florida’s house and senate aiming to increase safety by keeping parents in the know.

Teeth-Grinding Could Signal Sleep Problems
Sleep-related bruxism is the official term for grinding your teeth during sleep. It occurs in approximately 14% to 17% of children, although these rates decrease with age.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

New York Mother Suspected of Abducting Her 8 Children in Visit
New York City police were searching on Wednesday for a mother suspected of abducting her eight children, all of whom had been placed in foster care, during a supervised visit.

Obama Prepares to Revamp ‘No Child Left Behind’
Obama is poised to broaden federal influence in local schools by scrapping key elements of No Child Left Behind and substituting his own brand of reform.

Giving Flu Shots to Tots Cuts ER Visits By a Third
Recommending that all U.S. preschoolers get a flu shot cut visits to the emergency department for flu-like illness by more than a third, U.S. and Canadian researchers said on Monday in a study that showed the direct impact of vaccination policy changes on flu transmission.

Playing in the Grass May Ease ADHD
Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who regularly play outside in settings with lots of green, such as grassy open fields and parks, have milder ADHD symptoms than children who play indoors or at playgrounds, a new study shows.

ADHD Meds May Delay Boys’ Puberty, Study Suggests
A medication taken by millions of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may delay puberty, at least temporarily, according to a new study in animals.

Vaccine for Childhood Diarrhea Helps Kids, Saves Dollars
Since the 2006 introduction of routine inoculation against rotavirus — a leading cause of diarrhea in infants and young children — almost 65,000 fewer American children have been hospitalized and about $278 million in healthcare costs have been saved, according to new research.

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Brandi Chastain Fights the Flu

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Chastain playing soccer with her son Jaden.Brandi Chastain, Olympic and World Cup champion soccer star and mother of two, gives tons of high-fives to kids’ germ-covered hands, so she knows the importance of washing hands when it comes to flu prevention. This year she’s one of the spokespeople for “When Will You Pick?” as in, which day you’ll pick to get your flu vaccination.

 When we spoke to Chastain, she talked about her own experience with the vaccine last year. She allowed her 3-year-old son (pictured with Mom on the right) to choose between the shot and the nasal spray version. In a not-shocking twist, he picked the spray. “I think giving him a choice kind of empowered him, like was taking care of fighting the germs,” Chastain says. However, not everyone is eligible to receive Flu-Mist. Click here for more information.

 Chastain keeps herself and her family healthy not only through vaccination, but also by teaching them healthy practices like sneezing into elbows, exercising regularly and eating nutritiously. They live by the motto “Grow big and strong.”

 This Saturday, Chastain will play her retirement game at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. Proceeds from the game will benefit her Reach uP! Foundation, an organization that encourages healthy lifestyles for girls. Chastain invites you, our Goody Blog readers, to join in on the fun. Don’t forget to wash your hands before you give her that high-five!

 

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