July - August Newsletter
|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|
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.
- Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6. A child is eligible to receive their Kindergarten immunizations after the age of four, if they are up-to-date on their primary series of immunizations.
- Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12. The recommended vaccinations include a Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, & Pertussis) booster, which is now required to enter the eighth grade. Other highly recommended vaccines include the meningococcal vaccine (either Menveo or Menactra) and Human Papilloma Vaccine (Gardasil).
- All adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years.
- Everyone over the age of 6 months should receive an annual Influenza vaccination each influenza season.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Spend long hours in the sun
- Have had cataract surgery* or have certain retina disorders
- Are on certain medicines, such as tetracycline, sulfa drugs, birth control pills, diuretics and tranquilizers that increase the eye’s sensitivity to light
*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
- UV-A: can hurt your central vision. It can damage the macula, a part of the retina at the back of your eye.
- UB-B: The front part of your eye (the cornea and the lens) absorbs most UV-B rays, but these rays may cause even more damage to your eyes than UV-A rays.
What Eye Problems can UV Rays Cause?
- Macular Degeneration: UV rays may lead to macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss for older Americans.
- Cataract: UV rays, especially UV-B rays, may also cause some kinds of cataracts. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, the part of the eye that focuses the light we see.
- Pterygium: Another UV-related problem is a growth called pterygium. This growth begins on the white of the eye and may involve the cornea. Eventually, the growth may block vision. It is more common in people who work outside in the sun and wind.
- Skin Cancer: Skin cancer around the eyelids is also linked to prolonged UV exposure.
- Corneal Sunburn: Corneal sunburn, called photokeratitis, is the result of high short-term exposure to UV-B rays. Long hours at the
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.