How To Prepare For World Immunization Week

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By Monica Mendoza

doctorAround the globe, doctors and healthcare professionals continuously battle deadly diseases that negatively impact the lives of millions of people, and one tool that they effectively use toward that goal is vaccines. Immunization is perhaps the single most important healthcare decision a person can make that can save his or her life from vaccine-preventable diseases such as cervical cancer, hepatitis B, pneumonia, polio, tetanus, rubella, mumps, measles, and whooping cough.

While the act of immunization may seem simple enough, there is still a need to drive awareness and education on it. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the level of global immunization coverage has seemingly reached a plateau at 86 percent, with no significant increase in the past year. It is estimated that as much as 19.5 million infants are still left out on basic prescribed vaccines.

The good news is that the annual celebration of World Immunization Week by the WHO is a great opportunity for all stakeholders and the general public to do their part, no matter how small, in increasing awareness and spreading information about the importance of vaccines in saving lives. There are many ways that you can do your share in preparing for World Immunization Week:

  • Promote it with a custom wristband in your local schools and communities. A custom wristband reminding people of World Immunization Week is a simple but effective way to encourage more and more individuals to get vaccinated against some of the most common healthcare conditions. It can also be a great fundraising activity for your local charity or organization. Other ways that you can promote World Immunization Week is through posters, flyers, and events in your own community or locality.
  • Spreading the news on social media is another way to help without even costing you anything. Your social media network alone is a great place to start to discuss the importance of immunization, especially for infants and children. Be sure to check out official articles, announcements, and thought pieces from reputable sources such as the WHO and share them responsibly on the Internet so that the spread of fake news can be prevented. There are numerous misconceptions or misinformation about vaccines and immunization, and they need to be countered with facts and data from official scientific reports and studies.
  • Check with local legislators on how you can help support any laws, bills, or resolutions related to healthcare and immunization. There are many proposed healthcare measures in terms of government legislation that need the active voice of citizens. Lend some time in attending hearings and sessions where you can learn more about issues and how you can contribute positively in effecting legislation for the good of the general public.
  • Visit your doctor and see how you or your family members can benefit from vaccination from dreaded diseases. There are different vaccines prescribed for various life stages, and it’s a good idea not to miss out on the opportunity to get yourself protected from diseases. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That is why healthcare experts and governments are adamant in promoting immunization because deaths from certain diseases can absolutely be avoided if only for the simple act of vaccination.

As science and technology steadily progress further in the field of medicine, more and more vaccines are being effectively developed against a bigger number of diseases and health conditions. Vaccines are perhaps one of the most important medical innovations in modern history, and by all indications, it will definitely continue to play a vital part in global healthcare in many more decades to come.

National Foundation For Infectious Diseases Supports 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week

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newsThe National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) emphasize the need for strong recommendations from all healthcare professionals as a key step to increase annual influenza (flu) vaccination rates.

In support of 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 7 to December 13), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) call on all healthcare professionals to strengthen efforts to educate parents about the importance of annual flu vaccination for children age 6 months and older.

Each year in the U.S., approximately 20,000 children under 5 years of age are hospitalized from flu-related complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were reports of more than 400 flu-related deaths in children over the last four years. Forty-seven percent of last season’s reported 109 pediatric deaths occurred in children with no prior health problems.

“In general, the overwhelming majority of the children who die from influenza are not vaccinated and nearly half have no prior health problems,” said Carol J. Baker, MD, CIIC Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “Parents need to be reminded every year about influenza vaccination, and research tells us that healthcare professionals have the greatest influence over parents’ vaccination decisions. With flu season upon us, now is the time for healthcare professionals to make their voices loud and clear to parents.”

While influenza vaccination rates among children have increased over the past five years, Dr. Baker stresses that more work is needed to ensure all children are protected against influenza each and every year. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected.

Help #FightFlu – Give the Gift of Health
In an effort to heighten awareness around the upcoming holiday season, NFID launched a social media campaign including a series of shareable visuals around flu and pneumococcal disease prevention. While humorous, these visuals convey a serious message. Each year in the U.S., tens of thousands needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. The worst gift you can give for the holidays is one of these infections, such as influenza or pneumococcal disease. Getting vaccinated can help you protect your own health and the health of your loved ones. For more information, visit nfid.org/gift-of-health.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Created by NFID in 2007, the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) is a coalition of more than 30 leading medical, public health, and parent organizations brought together by NFID to help address and improve influenza immunization rates among children. For more information, visit preventchildhoodinfluenza.org.

National Physical Education And Sport Week, May 1-7

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“Let’s SHAPE America through Dance”

kidsexercisevectorMay kicks off on a high and active note with National Physical Education and Sport Week, May 1-7. It’s part of the annual national month-long celebration of physical education and physical activity, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. We hope you will join us in shaping America. It all starts with school communities like yours! Coinciding with this year’s theme, “Let’s SHAPE America through Dance,” we’ve put together four free dance routines with fun lesson ideas to get students on their feet! Help us reach our goal of getting 100,000 students to participate!

Take your pick!

* The ever popular SHAPE America dance that made its debut in St. Louis at the National Convention

* Two Let’s Move! flash mob/dance routines

* Fuel Up to Play 60 Dance specially produced for ACES Day, May 7

Consider presenting your dance routine(s) during a special school or even community-wide event to help showcase how your school supports and values a physically active environment. Then, use our downloadable template press release to share with the local media.

We’ve also put together a few national resources to help you raise the standard of your PE program throughout the year as well as an opportunity to join us in our advocacy efforts stemming from this year’s legislative ask surrounding the PHYSICAL Act.

Don’t forget to share the fun and excitement of your May events on social media using hashtag #NATPEWeek and tag @SHAPE_America. Plus, visit our special webpage to get details on how to participate in a fun contest to win a SHAPE America swag bag full of goodies!

Visit National PE and Sport Week to get started!

– Submitted by Paula Kun, SHAPE America

Celebrate Healthy Weight Week

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From Your Health Journal…..”I love the EmpowHer web site. I know it is geared towards woman, but so many valuable articles, which is why I always try to bring traffic to their site. Today’s article review is about celebrating Healthy Weight Week. There has been so much in the news lately about the rise of obesity among children and adults. Many individuals suffer from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, bone weakness, and other health issues, so it is nice to read about Healthy Weight Week. Depending on the source, Healthy Weight Week is either this week (Jan. 13-19, 2013) or next week (Jan. 20-26, 2013). But either way, a time of awareness about weighty issues is upon us. The 20th annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy, diet-free living habits that last a lifetime, and prevent eating and weight problems. Please visit the EmpowHer web site (link provided below) to read the complete article By Rheyanne Weaver.

From the article…..

Are you happy with your weight? Now is the perfect time to take a closer look at your weight and how you feel about it.

Depending on the source, Healthy Weight Week is either this week (Jan. 13-19, 2013) or next week (Jan. 20-26, 2013). But either way, a time of awareness about weighty issues is upon us.

According to the Healthy Weight Network website, “the 20th annual Healthy Weight Week is a time to celebrate healthy, diet-free living habits that last a lifetime, and prevent eating and weight problems. Our bodies cannot be shaped at will. But we can all be accepting, healthy and happy at our natural weights.”

The Network website also states there is a “Women’s Healthy Weight Day” on Jan. 24, 2013.

Of course, weight does not only have to do with our bodies. The whole concept of a “healthy weight” has everything to do with our minds as well.

Ramani Durvasula, the author of “You Are WHY You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life” and a clinical psychologist, said in an email that taking care of the body by keeping it at a healthy weight is also taking care of the mind, and vice versa.

“Unhealthy weight can contribute to issues with self esteem, and it is reciprocal – when we don’t value ourselves, we don’t treat ourselves well (e.g. eat badly, don’t exercise, don’t sleep enough) – and that shows,” Durvasula said.

She said a major tool to moving toward a healthy weight is practicing mindfulness. Instead of using food to medicate, it’s necessary to stop and think about any problems that come up.

Durvasula said that healthy weight can be influenced by different factors like activity level, muscle mass, genetics and height. She said bodies have a “set point,” which is “the weight our bodies will sit at as long as [we] eat a healthy set of calories and maintain appropriate levels of activity.”

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