Katie Gorodetsky, Immunization Coordinator for WIC
As warmer weather arrives and windows are opened to let the breeze in, we should all remember that screens are designed to keep bugs out and not children in. The leading cause of injury to children age 5 and under is falls and falls out of windows are especially serious. Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can prevent window falls by following several safety tips: keep all furniture including beds or couches away from windows, open windows from the top, not the bottom, lock all unopened windows and doors, supervise young children at all times, and install child safety window guards! Child safety window guards are aluminum or steel bars with a maximum four-inch spacing that are installed in the bottom half of a double hung window. Guards are designed to withstand 150 pounds of pressure and can be purchased at a local hardware or home improvement store. Regular screens will not support the weight of a falling child. Window guard installation is recommended for all windows above the first floor. Practice these safety techniques and minimize the risk of injury to your child. For more information, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention and Control Program at www.mass.gov/dph/injury.
Weekly Flu Report, December 26, 2014 posted on Dec 26
The last weekly flu report of 2014 indicates a slight increase in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts. We won’t likely see the peak of flu season until well into February or March, so it’s absolutely not too late to get vaccinated and protect yourself …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 26, 2014
Healthy Holiday Shopping! posted on Dec 24
Whether you’re an occasional shopper like me, or if shopping is one of your favorite activities ever, chances are you’re going to be heading to the stores at some point this holiday season! If I’m going from store to hunting for that special gift for …Continue Reading Healthy Holiday Shopping!
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014