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Posts for: April, 2018

April 28, 2018
Category: Pediatric Illness
Tags: asthma   allergy   May   ACT   Asthma Control Test   Rescue Med   Controllers   Steroids   Inhalers  


Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be "National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month." It's a peak season for those with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate yourself, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.

There is no cure for asthma and allergies, and many deaths are preventable with proper treatment and care. Ten people a day die from asthma. Asthma affects more than 24.5 million Americans. More than 6 million children under the age of 18 have asthma. More than 50 million Americans have all types of allergies – pollen, skin, latex and more. The rate of allergies is climbing. 

Is it Asthma? Download the guide.  

Asthma Facts & Figures

What are the Types of Allergies?

What are Asthma Treatments?

Asthma spacers or holding chambers:

This Quest for the Code YouTube Video teaches children all about asthma.

What is an Asthma Action Plan?

Online Version: The Asthma Control Test for Age 12 and older.

Print Version: The Asthma Control Test for Age 12 and older.

Online Version: The Asthma Control Test for Ages 4 through 11 years old.

Print Version: Childhood Asthma Control Test for children 4 to 11 years Know your score.


April 28, 2018
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Hepatitis   May   Yellow Jaundice  

For Hepatitis Awareness Month and national Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19th,
learn more about the different types of viral hepatitis. Find out if you should get
tested or vaccinated by taking a quick, online Hepatitis Risk Assessment.
May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day, An Opportunity to Learn More About Whos is At Risk and How to Get Tested

April 28, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: sunburn   Melanoma   Skin Cancer   Sunblock   Slip Slop Slap   SPF   Shade   Shirt   Sunglasses   Hat  



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10 Myths about Sun Protection

There's no such thing as a "safe" base tan. A tan is the body's response to injury from UV rays, showing that damage has been done. Protect yourself and learn the truth about tanning:

Indoor tanning is harmful and can lead to skin cancers like melanoma. It's particularly dangerous for minors and young adults. Get more facts about indoor tanning from CDC:

What can you do to reduce your risk of skin cancer, including melanoma? Avoid indoor tanning, use sunscreen, and stay in the shade during midday hours:

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and is commonly caused by UV exposure, but many people still don't use sunscreen regularly. Protect all the skin you're in with these tips from CDC:

Did you know you can protect your family and yourself from skin cancers like melanoma? Start with these tips from CDC to stay sun safe outdoors: 

The weekend is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy time with your family and friends, but don't forget your sunscreen and hat! Find more tips on preventing skin cancers like melanoma here:

Don't get burned by tanning myths like this one: "Indoor tanning is the safer way to tan." The truth is that indoor tanning exposes you to intense UV rays and increases your risk of melanoma. More info:

Indoor tanning causes wrinkles and age spots, changes your skin's texture and can lead to skin cancers like melanoma. Every time you tan you increase your risk of getting skin cancer, including melanoma. More facts from CDC:

Do you know the ABCDE's of melanoma? This handy guide from CDC reminds you to regularly check for changes in your skin and what to look for when you check:

We usually think of sunburn as something that happens at the beach, but did you know more people get sunburned during day-to-day activities? Learn how you can prevent UV damage and cut your risk of skin cancer:

April 28, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: safety   May   Abduction   Missing   Predators  


About National Missing Children's Day

2018 Missing Children's Day Logo. Bringing Our Missing Children Home Safely

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25 as National Missing Children's Day. Each year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) commemorates Missing Children's Day with a ceremony honoring the heroic and exemplary efforts of agencies, organizations, and individuals to protect children.

Missing Children’s Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this cause.


Child Abduction: Resources for Victims and Families

The Missing-Child, Emergency-Response, Quick-Reference guide provides a checklist of actions for families to take in the event a child goes missing. 

The FBI’s Child ID AppPutting Safety in Your Hands

The FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children/Online Predators Website

Safety Tips to Help Avoid Child Abduction

Parents' Guide to Preventing Child Abduction, Kidnapping, and Missing Children


April 28, 2018
Category: Safety
Tags: safety   safety tips   May   Water Safety   Drowning   Swimming   Pledge  




   Water Safety Tips Everyone Should Know



Water Safety Tips Courtesy from the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)

Water Safety Tips courtesy of the “Simple Steps Save Lives” Program

Red Cross Water Safety Tips

Follow these swimming rules from our partners for a safe and enjoyable swim season: Red Cross

Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App

The "I'm A Safe Swimmer" Pledge

The Water Safety Activity & Coloring Book