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Parents and Guardians

The best preventative measure against influenza (flu) is annual flu vaccination for you, your children, and your entire family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months and older.

The flu is a serious disease that can cause hospitalization and death, even in healthy individuals. Review the resources below to learn how you can protect your family and help to Keep Flu out of School.

Read stories from families who’ve been affected by the flu that illustrate the importance of annual flu vaccination (English and Spanish) from Families Fighting Flu.

CHILDREN AND INFLUENZA (FLU)

Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Children, the Flu, and Flu Vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

La influenza (gripe) y la vacuna que la previene (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hoja informativa para los padres

preventchildhoodinfluenza.org
Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC)

The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

GENERAL INFLUENZA VACCINE INFORMATION:

Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza: Also Known as the Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact Sheet

La influenza y usted (The flu and you) (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

GENERAL VACCINES FOR CHILDREN INFORMATION:

Parents PACK Newsletter
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Parents PACK is a monthly e-newsletter for anyone who wants information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Each issue provides timely vaccine information, a feature article, vaccine questions and answers, information about immunizations around the world and a trivia question.

Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): It’s easier than ever to get health information. But sometimes, it’s difficult to weed out the “good” information, which is scientifically accurate, from the “bad” information, which is not based on science. This is especially true for vaccines. In a continued effort to provide the public with information about the science, safety and importance of vaccines, the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) created an app called Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know so busy parents can access the information wherever and whenever they need it.

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Medication Administration Authorization Forms

 

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Managing Personal Stress

Managing Personal Stress

For Teens Only!
All of these ideas can lower stress without doing any harm. None are quick fixes, but they will lead you toward a healthy and successful life. Think about what makes you feel good and what you can do to cope with life’s pressures.

Tackling the Problem

 Point 1: Figure out what the problem is and make it manageable.

  • A lot of people deal with problems by ignoring them. This does not make them go away; usually they just get worse.

  • People who try to fix their problems tend to be emotionally healthier.

  • When it comes to work (like studying or chores), the best way to enjoy yourself is to get the work done first. Sometimes people say they will do fun things first and do their work later, but the problem is they’re having less fun because they’re worrying about the work they’re ignoring. And of course, the longer they put it off, the more they worry.

  • Fights with parents and friends don’t go away unless you deal with what upset you in the first place, or unless everyone says they’re sorry and decides to forgive each other.

Two ideas can help you manage a lot of work.

  1. Break the work into small pieces. Then just do one small piece at a time, rather than look at the whole huge mess. As you finish each piece, the work becomes less overwhelming.

  2. Make lists of what you need to do. This will help you sleep because your head won’t spin with worry about whether you can do everything. At the end of the day, you will have less to worry about as you check off the things you have finished. You will look at the same huge amount of homework and say to yourself, “I can do this!”

Point 2: Avoid things that bring you down.
Sometimes we know exactly when we are headed for trouble. Avoiding trouble from a distance is easier than avoiding it up close. You know the people who might be a bad influence on you. You know the places where you’re likely to get in trouble. You know the things that upset you. Choose not to be around those people, places, and things that mess you up.

Point 3: Let some things go.
It’s important to try to fix problems, but sometimes there’s nothing you can do to change a situation. For example, you can’t change the weather, so don’t waste your energy worrying about it. You can’t change the fact that teachers must give tests, so start studying instead of complaining about how unfair they are. People who waste their energy worrying about things they can’t change don’t have enough energy left over to fix the things they can.

For more information visit www.healthychildren.org

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Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

Keeping hands clean through improved hand hygiene is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, in these regard is also important to keep the place we live clean, and even if we don’t have time for it, we can hire a maid in Spring TX to keep the space clean and safe. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water. If clean, running water is not accessible, as is common in many parts of the world, use wholesale soap and available water. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean hands.

When should you wash your hands?
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage

What if I don’t have soap and clean, running water?
Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on them. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Hand sanitizers are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty. How do you use hand sanitizers?
Apply the product to the palm of one hand.
Rub your hands together.
Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

What is the right way to wash your hands?
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold) and apply soap.
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to
Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

For more information on handwashing visit www.cdc.gov/handwashing/

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