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Spotlight on Health – August

The back to school excitement may already be building at your home as your children think about reuniting with friends, shopping for supplies and starting new classes. And you as a parent may be just as excited to send them off to class. But, don’t send them off without knowing that they are healthy and protected from illness. Because August is Immunization Awareness Month, we want to make sure you have the information you need to keep your children up-to-date on their immunizations.

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Health Tips

Q&A: Immunizations

Why immunize?

Thanks to immunizations, diseases that could have devastated the populace are now almost nonexistent — diseases such as polio and diphtheria. You may ask why we should continue to immunize if these illnesses are under control. If immunization stops, these illnesses would slowly make a comeback.

What is whooping cough (pertussis)?

Are there side effects?

Any vaccine is capable of causing minor side effects. They are similar to a medication, which also comes with a warning of possible reactions. Some of the more common minor symptoms associated with vaccines include headache, upper respiratory tract infection, stuffy nose, sore throat and joint pain. However, the risk associated with not immunizing your child is much greater than these short-term side effects.  

Immunization schedule for children

Do teenagers need immunizations?

As your children age, protection from some vaccines wears off, so it’s important for your teen to get a booster shot. There are also specific vaccines that are recommended to be given during the preteen and teen years, such as the HPV vaccine.  

Immunization schedule for teens

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Medical Myth

Can chewing gum stay in your system for 7 years?

What is sticky, comes in many flavors and has been around since prehistoric times? Chewing gum! This popular, moldable treat has received a bad rap throughout the years because people thought it harmed the digestive system. However, there is no evidence to support the idea that it can stay inside your system for 7 years.

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Patient Story

Teen in Awe of Her Start in Neonatal Intensive Care

The nurses took the slender hand with bright pink nail polish in theirs, rubbing the faint scar on the back where the IVs left a permanent reminder of the four and a half weeks Chloe Davis spent in intensive care. 

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Here’s to Your Health


Breastfeeding is a simple and convenient source of food for an infant that is always available and always at the right temperature. Breastfeeding has been shown to decrease a mother’s risk for some forms of cancer and other illnesses and it also releases the hormone oxytocin, which makes the uterus contract and return to its normal size quicker after delivery, resulting in less bleeding.

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The Most Important Meal of the Day

It’s important to start the day with a healthy meal regardless of age. Sometimes emphasis is on making sure the kids have a nutritional breakfast, but a good breakfast will give energy for the day and can help you concentrate better at work. Try one of our healthy breakfast recipes for breakfast burritos or spicy oat pancakes.

Looking for more healthy recipes? Visit our health library, which will provide you with recipes to prepare many full meals that meet most dietary needs.

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