- Here are some helpful links to find health-related information:
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission- information regarding recalls and product safety news.
- The National Pediculosis Association - information regarding head lice.
- United States Department of Agriculture- a link to the Food Pyramid
- Jump Up and Go! Fitness tips for students and parents.
- Connecticut Department of Health
- CDC Food and Nutrition Information
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
- Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America
2018–2019 Influenza Campaign
Good Health Habits for Preventing Seasonal Flu
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. Good health habits may also help protect you against the flu. The resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and stop the spread of germs.
- Key Facts About Good Health Habits for Preventing Seasonal Flu
Learn about six steps you can take to ensure better health habits.
- Everyday Preventive Actions That Can Help Fight Germs, Like Flu [2.1 MB, 2 pages]
(includes printable flyer)
- Cover Your Cough
Get tips on how you can prevent the spread of germs from coughing
(includes printable flyers and posters).
- The Flu: A Guide for Parents [252 KB, 2 pages]
Questions and answers about the flu, how to protect your child, treatment, and more …
- Stopping the Spread of Germs at Home, Work & School
Get resources to share with others to encourage good health habits.
- How to Clean and Disinfect Schools to Help Slow the Spread of Flu [449 KB, 2 pages]
- Smoking & Influenza
Find out why the flu is yet another reason why quitting smoking is important.
Children and the Flu Vaccine
When to get children vaccinated:
The best time to get vaccinated is October or November. Children six months to 9 years of age getting a flu shot for the first time will need two doses of vaccine the first year they are vaccinated, with the first dose ideally in September. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose. The first dose “primes” the immune system; the second dose provides immune protection. Keep this in mind if your child needs the two doses -begin the process early! It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection to begin.
Because flu viruses change every year, the vaccine is updated annually. So even if you or your children got a flu shot last year, you both still need to get a flu shot this season to be protected. If October and November slip by, and you haven ’t gotten your children or yourself vaccinated, you should get vaccinated in December or later. Flu season can occur anytime from November through April, so getting the vaccine in December or later still offers protection in most years.
Visit the CDC’s website for more information:
Contact your child’s physician for help in deciding if the flu vaccine is right for your child.
Bike Helmets: A Necessity not Accessory
More than 540,000 people are treated annually in emergency departments for bicycle related injuries. Child under the age of 14 are five times more likely to be injured in bicycle-related crash than older riders. Seventy percent of fatal bike crashes involve head injuries, yet only 20-25 percent of riders wear a helmet.
Here is some helpful information about bike helmets:
- Establish the helmet habit early.
Have your children wear helmets as soon as they begin using ride-on toys, so it becomes a habit at an early age.
- Wear a helmet yourself.
Children learn best by observing you. Whenever you ride your bike, wear your helmet.
- Talk to your children about protecting their heads.
Tell your children bikes are vehicles, not toys, and that most professional athletes use helmets when participating in sports.
- Remind them it’s the law!
All children under age 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle in Connecticut, and it is the parent or guardian, not the child, who gets the warning for noncompliance.
- Don’t let children ride their bikes unless they wear their helmets.
Be consistent. If you allow your children to ride occasionally without their helmets, they won’t believe that helmet use is really important.
- Make sure it fits.
A bicycle helmet should fit comfortably and snugly. It should sit on top of the head in a level position, and should not be able to rock from side to side. The straps must always be secured.
Bike riding is a fun activity that helps keep kids fit. We need to keep it safe as well. Remember, use your head, wear a helmet.