Take time to get a flu vaccine, or plan on making time for the flu

Take time to get a flu vaccine.
The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  Learn more about vaccine timing.
CDC recommends use of injectable influenza vaccines (including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines) during 2017-2018. The nasal spray flu vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or LAIV) should not be used during 2017-2018.
Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.

To continue reading, go to:  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Get the Facts

Facts about Breast Cancer in the United States


One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
Each year it is estimated that over 252,710 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,500 will die.
Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,470 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 460 will die each year.
On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
Over 3.3 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

Sepsis sends thousands of people to the ER yearly- know the warning signs

What’s The Problem?
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It’s what happens when an infection you already have – in your skin, lungs, urinary tract, or somewhere else – triggers a chain reaction through your body. It’s life-threatening and without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly cause tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
More than 1.5 million people get sepsis each year in the United States and at least 250,000 Americans die from sepsis each year.

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CDC Foundation Activates Fund to Address Widespread Health Challenges Following Hurricane Harvey

ATLANTA, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the wake of some of the worst flooding in U.S. history, the CDC Foundation today is activating its Emergency Response Fund to help the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tackle the health challenges that the citizens of Texas and Louisiana are facing following Hurricane Harvey. The fund will extend CDC’s response, providing essential supplies and vital assistance as frontline experts work with partners to address community health needs and public health infrastructure in the storm’s aftermath.

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Energy Drinks Send Thousands to the ER Each Year

Energy Drinks Send Thousands to the ER Each Year

ER Visits From Drinking Energy Drinks Jump Tenfold Since 2005, Report Says
By Brenda Goodman,
From the WebMD Archives

Nov. 22, 2011 — There’s been a big spike in the number of people who need emergency medical attention after they guzzle popular caffeinated energy drinks, according to a new government report.

The report shows a more than a tenfold increase in the number of emergency room visits tied to the use of these drinks between 2005 and 2009.
In 2005, 1,128 ER visits were associated with the use of energy drinks compared to 13,114 in 2009. That number peaked in 2008 with more than 16,000 ER visits linked to energy drinks.

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Solar Eclipse – Why You Need to be Careful

The worst things that could go wrong during the total solar eclipse — and how to be prepared

By Kayla Epstein August 15

The Great American Eclipse is here!
Millions are expected to pack the so-called path of totality, or the swath of the United States that will be able to experience the complete solar eclipse.
But, as with any major event, some things might not go according to plan. We’ve compiled a list of what could go wrong, from safety hazards to acts of nature. Plan accordingly.

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Ready, Set, Go to School–But be Careful…

It’s finally back-to-school season – an exciting time for parents as well as their kids! With classes and after-school activities ramping up again, parents should also begin to think about how to keep their children and teens safe and injury-free. Read on for more tips to kick the school year off safely, because one accident can mean lifelong injury.

Mobile devices and distracted walking
Whether it’s a smart phone or handheld game console, a distraction that takes a kid’s eyes off of any dangers around them can be deadly. Every day, 61 children are hit by cars, according to a SafeKids.org study. Adults can make deadly mistakes because of smart phones, too – make sure your child is prepared and aware of risks in their surroundings, like distracted drivers.
Don’t walk while texting or talking and pay attention to surroundings, especially traffic. Only cross the street in designated crossing areas – always looking left, right, and then left again before crossing – and leave the headphones off until they’re safely out of the road.

Getting to and from school
The most common way to get to school is with a parent or carpool. Always be sure your child wears their seatbelt while riding with you, and if they’re catching a ride to school with a friend, instill the importance of wearing it no matter what.
If you have a teen that is just beginning to drive themselves to school, be sure that they have had plenty of supervised practice with you or another adult driver. A teenager’s first year of driving runs the highest risk of accidents, so along with plenty of practice, be sure your child understands to avoid distractions while driving and always keep their eyes on the road – never on a text.
Many children also take the bus, but an accident can happen to and from the bus. Ensure your child arrives at their stop to catch the bus early so that they aren’t in a rush – they can avoid darting into the street in front of a car to catch their ride. It is also much safer to stay on the sidewalk and avoid stepping over the curb into the street.

If your child rides their bike to school, teach them the importance of always wearing a helmet – just like any other sports activity, it requires safety equipment! Ensure they are always riding with and not against traffic, and are always aware of cars and other pedestrians around them.

Playground, gym, and sports safety
Make sure your child who participates in sports has a full physical to ensure there are no underlying issues. Be sure they wear protective gear faithfully, and check for fit as they grow.
Over 200,000 kids 14 years old and younger are injured on the playground yearly, so be aware of the playground equipment and voice any concerns to the child’s teacher or the administration. Concussions are always a risk on the field or during recess – a fall during even safe play can happen. Let your child know that if he or she falls or bumps their head, they should definitely see the school nurse and notify you. They should also sit out the rest of practice or gym class until a health professional has examined them for symptoms of concussion.

Don’t take Common Back to School Illnesses Lightly…

SPHIER ER - The Common Cold

Getting the sneezing, body aches, and fever are a few symptoms of the Common Cold

SPHIER ER - Head LIce

When your child come home with head lice…

SPHIER ER - the Stomach bug

The Stomach Flu or the Stomach Bug – either way you put it- it is a nuisance

Many of the illnesses related to back to school are usually able to be cared for by a pediatrician.  However, do not take any of the common back-to-school illnesses lightly and remember that 24-hour  emergency rooms like SPHIER ER are there to provide immediate treatment for acute illnesses and trauma…

Common Back to School Illnesses
With schools re-opening, everyone is more concerned with their morning routines, preparation for school lunch, and other health concerns. No matter how hygienic your house, lunchbox, or you personally may be, microscopic germs can most definitely get your child sick. Inevitably, back-to-school illnesses manifest themselves in various forms. Having prior knowledge and taking precautionary measures can help avoid some of the most common back-to-school germs.

Common Cold
The most contagious of all back-to-school illnesses is the common cold with the characteristic stuffy and runny nose, congestion, cough, low-grade fever and the usual body aches and general weakness. This usually stays around for a few days, and cannot be cured by doctors. It is often recommended to increase the level of Vitamin C in your diet. However, if the symptoms deteriorate your child’s health, or linger on for longer than usual periods of time, seek medical advice.

Stomach Flu
Biologically known as gastroenteritis, this virus targets the lining of the GI tract resulting in pain, vomiting, and likely diarrhea as well. It’s a common illness in school-going kids, and is often due to dehydration that your little ones may feel ill. Making a regular habit to wash your hands and your children’s hands may help keep you free of this horrible virus.

Strep Throat
Strep throat is a bacterial infection that comes with high-grade fever, an itching sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, headache, nausea, and loss of appetite. Treatment with the proper antibiotics can prevent rheumatic heart disease later in life. If left untreated, certain strains of strep throat bacteria can develop into a scarlet fever that spreads all across the body, giving the feeling of sandpaper.

Pink Eye
Bacterial Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a condition which makes anyone cringe at the sight. The yellowish, green eye discharge often causes the eyes to stick together overnight and is a very contagious illness, making it a problem for all of the kids at school. The redness, discomfort, and itchiness make the child extremely uncomfortable, and should be treated with anti-bacterial eye-drops at the earliest stage possible.

Head Lice
Have you noticed your kid scratching their head way too much? Do you feel your child is restless because of this constant itching? It may not be only due to poor hygiene that your child is getting infested with these little monsters. Lice lay eggs called nits within your child’s hair and multiply their population. Little children aren’t very conscious of not sharing personal items like hairbrushes, hats, or scarves. This is most common and easiest way of spreading these lice. Tell your child to avoid friends who are seen scratching their head and to avoid sharing their personal items.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The reason for contracting this infection is the use of common bathrooms. The restroom is a breeding place for germs and needs to be taken care of by keeping hygiene concerns in mind, and teaching your child to be mindful when using the school restroom. Teach them the habit of washing their hands multiple times, keeping a hand sanitizer with them, and other general hygienic habits.

If your child happens to contract any of them, follow the appropriate treatment options to get your child back on track and fit to attend school after the sick break.

 

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