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July - August Newsletter

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  August is National Immunization Awareness Month   August is Missouri Breast Feeding Month: “Breast Feeding—Not all Things Change”   Protect Your Eyes from Ultra Violet (UV) Light  

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST
  • EXTRA IMMUNIZATION DAYS: AUGUST 15TH AND 16TH AND EXTENDED HOURS OF AUGUST 29TH AND 30TH BASED ON DEMAND.
  • COOPER COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER IS A VACCINE FOR CHILDREN (VFC) PROGRAM PROVIDER

We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our local community safe, Cooper County Public Health Center is proudly participating in National Immuniza-tion Awareness Month. Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

In order to make sure your child is ready to go back to school, Cooper County Public Health Center will be hosting special immunization clinic days on August 15th and 16th and extended hours on August 29th and 30th based on demand, in addition to our regular Tuesday appointments. Please call to schedule an appointment. We will need a copy of your child’s shot record in order to see which vaccinations are due.

We are a Vaccine For Children (VFC) Program provider. If your child has Medicaid or is uninsured you are eligible to receive immunizations through our clinic. To schedule an appointment, check for eligibility, or for more in-formation on vaccination, call us at (660)-882-2626.

August is Missouri Breast Feeding Month:
“Breast Feeding—Not all Things Change”

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) celebrates it’s twentieth anniversary in 2012. Twenty years ago the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) launched the World Breastfeeding Week campaign to focus and facilitate actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Since then, each year, WBW has put the spotlight on various breastfeeding issues.

Mothers Milk is still the best nutritional choice for babies in that it has all the age appropriate growth and development nutrients and immunological properties needed. It is easy to digest and protective of the digestive system.

This year it focuses on the progress that has been made on the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GSIYCF) which was adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF ten years ago. Implementing the Global Strategy effectively is essential to increase breastfeeding rates: especially exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and to reach Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (which aims to reduce under five mortality by two thirds).

Missouri celebrates Breastfeeding Month through the month of August. The theme this year for Missouri Breastfeeding Month is: Breastfeeding – Not All Things Change. Throughout history all things have changed and adapted to modern living in the 21st century. Breastfeeding has remained the constant. Mother’s milk is still the best nutritional choice for babies in that it has all the age appropriate growth and development nutrients and immunological properties needed as well as being easy to digest and protective of the digestive system.

For questions concerning breastfeeding or breast feeding assistance, call Sue at 660-882- 2626.

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Protect Your Eyes from Ultra Violet (UV) Light

Protect Your Eyes from Ultra Violet (UV) Light
Wear sunglasses or a wide brimmed hat while enjoying time outdoors.

According to Prevent Blindness America, everyone is at risk for eye damage from the sun. UV radiation can lead to vision loss. Any factor that increases the amount of time you spend in the sun increases your risk of damage. People who work or play in the sun for long periods of time are at the greatest risk.

The risk of sun related eye problems is higher for people who:

*If you have had cataract surgery, you may be more at risk of injury from sunlight unless the artificial lens you received during surgery absorbs UV rays.

How Can UV Rays Damage Your Eyes?

There are two types of UV rays. UV-A and UV-B. Over time, the effects of UV rays may help cause a number of eye problems

“Macular Degeneration from UV damage is a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans.”

What Eye Problems can UV Rays Cause?

How to Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Use eyewear that absorbs UV rays and wear a brimmed hat or cap. A wide brimmed hat or cap can also limit UV rays that hit the eyes from above or around glasses. Eyewear that absorbs UV rays gives you the most protection. All types of eyewear, including prescription and non-prescription glasses, contact lenses and lens implants should absorb UV-A and UV-B rays.

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