Friday, February 7st is GIVE KIDS A SMILE® DAY. Dentists from La Grande and surrounding counties in Eastern Oregon as well as ODS College of Dental Sciences will provide FREE dental services to qualifying children. This event is part of the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile Program.
GIVE KIDS A SMILE® DAY is held annually to:
provide free dental services to local, uninsured and under-insured children aged 17 years and under
raise awareness of the epidemic of untreated dental disease occurring here and across the country and
raise awareness of the need to build local public and private partnerships to increase access to oral health care to solve this crisis.
If you are interested in finding out more information or to schedule your child for an appointment, contact ODS School of Dental Hygiene at 541-663-2721. Together, we can give kids a smile!
The flu season is upon us and with the holidays approaching we have numerous visitors and travel to different locations to celebrate. Currently, the flu status in the state of Oregon is still minimal, but may well increase through the winter months. Here are a few tips to prevent the flu from getting you down:
Get a flu shot soon as it takes about 2 weeks for full immunity to be complete
Get your rest and good sleep
Drink plenty of water to flush out your of any viruses and stay hydrated
Good hand hygiene and disposal of tissues as well as coughing and sneezing into your elbow
If you do get the flu, here are a few flu-fighting food that may help:
Black-eyed peas, peanuts, and roasted pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc to boost the immune system
Carrots, dark green vegetables and squash have beta-carotene
Green, black and oolong tea contain powerful antioxidant, quercetin and L-theanine
Yogurt is a probiotic with helpful bacteria to strengthen the immune system, sauerkraut or cottage cheese if you do not like yogurt
Tomatoes or citrus foods help fight the cold and flu by boosting the body’s defense
Mushrooms contain selenium to help fight viral infections
Almonds are rich in antioxidant, Vitamin E, to ward off infections.
Happy and safe holiday season to all. Drive safely and do not text and drive.
Unintentional poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury to children. Products commonly found in the home are often involved in these poisonings. One such product is the colorful single-load laundry detergent packet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is continuing to urge parents and caregivers to never leave single-load laundry packets in the sight and reach of children. Because they can look like candy or something fun to play with, children find the colorful and squishy packets attractive. But the chemicals in them are toxic.
CPSC is aware of hundreds of incidents involving children gaining access to these laundry packets. The packets are meant to dissolve in the washing machine, but wet hands or saliva can cause the outer shell to dissolve and release the concentrated chemicals inside. Some young children have become ill and have been hospitalized after putting these small packets into their mouths and swallowing some of the detergent. Others have gotten it into their eyes, causing severe irritation.
Remember, preventing poisoning is simple:
* Keep household chemicals and medicines in child-resistant containers,
* Store the potentially hazardous substances locked up and out of a child's sight and reach,
* Keep the national Poison Help hotline number, 800-222-1222 handy in case of a poison emergency.
We have all witnessed that a cool breeze can make a warm day feel colder. Following is a chart of temperature depicting how wind makes it cooler. The entire document, including an explanation page, is linked below.
Pertussis is definitely here in Umatilla County. The information below is to assist you in answering questions and providing appropriate education to clients and callers.
Pertussis can occur at any age but is much milder in older children, teens, adults and anyone previously immunized and may look like a cold with a persistent cough.
Infants are most likely to experience severe complications like apnea, malnutrition, pneumonia, seizures, encephalopathy and death. Infants need to be protected by immunizing adults and teens to prevent them from infecting infants.
The incubation period for Pertussis is 7-10 days normally but can range from 4-21 days. Persons with pertussis are most infectious during the first week when they appear to only have cold symptoms and for the first 2 weeks after a cough starts.
Starting antibiotic treatment more than 3 weeks after the start of severe coughing is not beneficial unless there is on-going contact with an infant less than a year of age or a pregnant woman in the third trimester.
Exposed children should have their Dtap brought up to date as soon as possible if they are behind with their shots.
Any pers011 older than 10 years of age should receive a Tdap booster immediately if they have never had one. There is no need to observe a minimum interval between doses of Td and Tdap.
Pregnant women who have not received a dose of Tdap previously should be vaccinated with Tdap during the 3ni trimester or late in the 2"d trimester (after 20 weeks of pregnancy).
Antibiotic prophylaxis does not control the transmission of pertussis when it is widespread in the community. Prompt antibiotic prophylaxis should be recommended for high risk close contacts of confirmed, presumptive or suspect cases of pertussis.
High Risk contacts:
infants under a year of age,
pregnant women in the 3'd trimester,
all household contacts of a case IF there is an infant or pregnant woman in the home, even when the infant is the case.
anyone attending or working at a childcare setting IF there is an infant or pregnant woman in the 3rd trimester also in attendance.
Recommend antibiotic prophylaxis for high risk contacts who have been exposed within 42 days. If it has been longer than that it is very unlikely they will develop pertussis.
Hermiston School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, marital status, age, or gender in providing employment, education or access to education services, activities and programs in accordance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, and other civil rights and discrimination issues; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.