Get ready for flu season
Last year’s flu season was nasty.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeled it a
“high severity season” because the circulating strains of influenza virus were especially virulent and the season lasted longer than usual.
It’s impossible to predict when flu season will start, but it could be as early as October. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October, but …
read on Measles is still common in other countries
Every year I read about people traveling overseas and coming home with the measles.
The first symptoms are unremarkable: fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. It takes about 5 days for the telltale rash to appear, and by then the patient has spread the virus through at least two airports, an airplane and multiple other shops or restaurants.
Measles is highly contagious …
read on It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
read on Does your face suffer from sun damage?
This YouTube video fascinates me. Using an ultraviolet lens, the camera reveals how years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin. Even more interesting is how sunscreen looks.
(It’s best viewed full screen.)
Protect yourself from the sun
The summer heat rages on, so I hope this video is a timely reminder to wear …
read on What’s in your pool water?
School is out, summer is in full swing, and both kids and adults are flocking to local public swimming pools and wading pools.
And that’s where an ugly parasitic infection lurks:
Cryptosporidium (aka “Crypto”) causes diarrhea. It spreads when contaminated fecal matter gets into the pool. Which is frighteningly easy to do, especially when toddlers wear diapers into wading pools or onto splash …
read on How hot will your city be in the year 2100?
I’m still undecided if earth’s warming trend is the result of man-made emissions or just another cycle that will come and go like others throughout the millennia.
Whatever the cause, I love this interactive map from
Climate Central. Find your city on the map and it will tell you what the average summer temperatures will be in 2100.
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on Stay safe this 4th of July!
My state’s Fire Marshall recently reported
and fires in 2017. a record number of fireworks-related injuries
As a nurse I’ve seen what both legal and illegal fireworks can do to hands and faces. It’s not pretty.
It’s especially tragic when small children are burned or disfigured.
makes this statement on their website: American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues
read on Spring is mosquito season
Mosquitoes love warm, wet weather. Spring is their favorite season!
Research has shown that
over others. Blame your genes. 😕 mosquitoes prefer certain people
But you won’t always be able to hide behind a tastier friend.
And even though mosquito bites are mostly a seasonal annoyance, in some parts of the country/world mosquitoes carry serious diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, malaria, chikungunya, yellow fever …
read on Younger is better, but… Bottom line on top: There is a benefit to getting the HPV vaccine after 26. that not only cause cervical cancer, but mouth, throat and anal cancers, as well. The HPV vaccine protects against the most common types of viruses
It’s most effective when given before a child becomes sexually active.
But what about all the 20-somethings out there who didn’t have access to this vaccine? …