The “flu” season is in full gear now. Influenza infection started in the southern United States but has now spread north to the Midwest and other regions.
The good news is that the vaccine strains in the flu shots and intranasal flu vaccines are good matches for the predominant circulating strains. It is not too late to be immunized. The influenza immunizations are fifty to seventy percent effective in preventing the flu and are the only means to prevent it. So don’t hesitate, vaccinate!
In our Gahanna community we have excellent resources to check that car seats are properly installed. Mifflin Township Division of Fire employs a certified child passenger safety technician who can help ensure proper instillation. To schedule an appointment, call 614-471-0542. Healthychildren.org also is an excellent website for car seat and other safety and health information.
Sleep problems can be some of the most difficult pediatric problems. Following are some helpful hints in dealing with your child’s sleep problems.
A very good reference book for sleep issues is:
Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems
by Richard Ferber, M.D.
Cold Weather Injuries
Exposure to cold can produce various injuries as a result of our inability to adapt to cold. People can develop localized injury to a body part (frostnip or frostbite) and generalized cooling of the whole body (hypothermia). Children are at increased risk of cold weather-related injuries.
Winter is a great time for fun, invigorating outdoor activities. Just be aware that the cold can harm your children if you are not careful.
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