How many of you remember the big transition from elementary to middle school? I remember how nervous I was about changing classrooms and not having a single room to be in all day. I remember going shopping for school clothes that were going to reflect the level of maturity I felt leaving elementary school behind. There are lots of thing to do to get ready for this transition and one of those things is to get the immunizations required by the school for Middle School admission. As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off. Plus, older kids can also develop risks for other diseases. Health check-ups and sports or camp physicals can be a good opportunity for your preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccines.
When I was 3 years old, I had almost every childhood disease that existed. I had Mumps, Strep infection, followed by Scarlet Fever, and the Measles, Rubeola is the medical term. I remember lying in bed with the curtains pulled and lights off because my eyes were so watery, having to stay in bed, having a feverand a blotchy rash and even having to eat my meals in bed. I got so tired of having to stay in bed. It took about a week to get over. This happened to me in the decade before the measles vaccination program began. At that time, an estimated 3–4 million people in the United States were infected each year, of whom 400–500 died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and another 1,000 developed chronic disabilities from measles encephalitis. Then, in 1963 the Measles vaccine was introduced and as people started getting the vaccine the numbers of measles cases dropped so much, that people don't remember how bad it was to have the disease. As more people are vaccinated, we protect those in our midst who are too young to take the vaccine as well because they aren't exposed to the disease. Recently, in TN, we have had a small outbreak of the Measles. 18 states have had outbreaks this year. Some of these cases have been from traveling to countries that don't have measles immunization programs on par with the United States. Some parents have been afraid to vaccinate their children due to fears of autism and a link with the MMR vaccine. Much research has been done and has proven that there is not a link between the vaccine and autism. Being properly vaccinated is critical in preventing measles. As it gets time to get ready for the school immunization season, discuss the importance of vaccines with your health care provider and make the decision that is best for you and your family. For more information go to CDC.gov
This past week I was speaking to a childhood friend and they mentioned they do not have any friends. I started to think about that statement and suggested they join facebook and start tweeting and speed dating etc. They laughed and the conversation changed, however, I started thinking about that and what we post on social websites and how that describes us to strangers, family and friends. When you post on your facebook, twitter, etc. does it show the healthy happy person you want portrayed, or just the opposite? I'm sure at some point we all have posted something and wished we could take it back. So from this day forward lets make a decision to be more social savvy realizing what you put out there on the world wide web could paint the wrong picture of the true you. May all your days (and post) be happy and healthy!!!!
The Sumner County Health Council was developed after a meeting between Tennessee Department of Health Community Development Staff and local county officials. The County Health Department Director along with the Regional Community Development Staff collaborated in January of 1997 to develop a list of potential council members.