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CDC Report : Vaccinations are up but not High Enough

According to a recent report from the CDC, most infants and Kindergartners are up to date with their vaccinations, however there are still areas in the United States where vaccinations are low.

The CDC stated that vaccination rates vary by state and by individual inoculation.
For MMR, the highest state-level coverage was observed in Maine at  97.2%, where coverage increased by 6.2 percentage points from 2013 levels. The lowest estimated MMR coverage was 84.1% in Arizona. Coverage with multiple doses also varied by state. Increases in rota virus vaccination coverage compared with 2013 levels were observed in Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.

The small pockets of the country where vaccinations were low is believed to have a major factor in the measles outbreak in Disneyland in 2014.  Many parents chose not to vaccinate their children because they believe the myth that vaccinations can cause autism or other major health issues.  This is false and not backed by any scientific research.

When parents fail to vaccinate their children disease can spread quickly.  This is why vaccinations are especially important for school aged children.  The CDC found that most children in school had been vaccinated and only 1.7 percent of students nationally had some type of non-medical exemption.  If your children are starting school this year, make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations.

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Back to School - Parents Should Screen Their Children for Vision Risks

Schools have either just opened for the 2015-2016 school year or are starting soon. During this back to school season parents are encouraged to screen their children for vision risks.


“Vision plays an extremely important role in childhood development; academically, socially and athletically,” says Kara M. Cavuoto, M.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

School health programs across the country offer vision screening.   Screening examinations at school or at the doctor’s office are important, since children may not realize they have a vision problem.

Below is a checklist of signs to look for that may indicate if a child has a problem affecting their vision:

Does your child seem to have difficulty seeing objects that you or others see?
Does your child hold objects very close to the face?
Does your child have frequent headaches?
Is there an unusual appearance to the eyes?
Is there frequent blinking or eye rubbing?
Is there swelling or redness in one or both eyes?
Is there unusual sensitivity to light?
Does your child close or cover one eye?
Do one or both eyelids droop or does one eyelid tend to close?
Is the iris (colored part of the eye) different in color in the two eyes?
Do the eyes tend to “dance” or show to-and-fro movements (nystagmus)?
Do the eyes appear to turn in, out, up or down or tend to intermittently drift off center?
Is there a head tilt or turn, particularly when concentrating on objects at a distance or near?
Does your child complain of seeing double?
Does your child lose his or her place when reading?

Four common vision and eye disorders in school-age children include:

1. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most common vision problem in children, often developing between ages six and adolescence. With this condition, the child’s distance vision is impaired, making the blackboard or teacher at the front of the room seem blurry.

2. Hyperopia, or farsightedness, may cause headache, blurred vision or crossing of the eyes.

3. Amblyopia,  which literally means “dullness of vision,” refers to a reduction in vision in one, or occasionally, both eyes.  Amblyopia is commonly caused by refractive error (hyperopia, myopia or astigmatism).  Amblyopia is usually treated with glasses, patching or eye drops.

4. Strabismus is another common eye disorder that refers to eyes that are misaligned by turning in, out, up or down. Treatment of strabismus may include eye exercises, glasses, patching, eye drops, or occasionally, surgery.

Parents should keep vision in mind when equipping their children with all the necessary tools for a successful school year.  If there is a family history of significant pediatric eye or vision disorders or a potential eye or vision problem is detected during a screening examination, the child is usually referred for a comprehensive eye examination by a pediatric ophthalmologist or an eye care specialist appropriately trained to evaluate and treat pediatric patients.

If you believe your child has a vision problem set up an appointment with your child's doctor right away.

This article is sponsored by the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

About Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, is ranked the best eye hospital in the nation, as published in U.S. News & World Report. The Institute demonstrates exceptional expertise in every ophthalmic subspecialty treats more than 250,000 patients and performs more than 12,000 surgeries annually. Bascom Palmer has patient care facilities in Miami, Palm Beach Gardens, Naples, and Plantation, Florida.



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TV Shows to Enjoy with Your Family


Every year, new and exciting television series appear upon our screens, giving us outstanding excuses to settle down with the family once a week and catch up on the latest stories. Satellite television is one of the best ways to access as many channels and television options as possible. Highly popular across America, and indeed the world, satellite television ensures that you'll always have something to watch – whether you're searching for a show that focuses on entertainment, or education.

With access to just about any channel you can imagine, you can keep up to date with the latest news, find out information on your favorite sports team, or settle down with your loved ones for a family show or film. It's no wonder that countless people are constantly searching for deals on satellite TV in Hawaii and across America to enhance their leisure time.

The following are just some of the shows you could enjoy with your loved ones:

1.  Child Genius

A kind of reality show that helps to offer some educational benefits to your children, while providing entertainment for the entire family, Child Genius is a competition in which the most talented and smartest children in America compete with their families in an eight-week extravaganza. The show is hosted by the legendary former astronaut for NASA - Leland Melvin, and is created in cooperation with Mensa. Twenty of the brightest girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 12 test their knowledge on numerous subjects including spelling, current events, math, and science.

And those are the subjects that America needs people in. America does not any more English, psychology, humanities, or liberal arts majors.

2.  Girl Meets World

Imagined more than a decade after the original series "Boy Meets World", Topanga Matthews, and Cory have become married and had two children. In this interesting and highly child-friendly spin-off for the series, their daughter Riley encounters various life lessons presented to her by her friends, family, and school – just like her parents did at a younger age.

3.  Heroes

This show could be a fantastic family-viewing option for parents with teenage kids who are interested in a little bit of extra intrigue and drama. Not entirely suitable for younger children, the original Heroes story revolves around a collection of ordinary people who find out that they have amazing superpowers – ranging anywhere from the ability to regenerate to the capacity to read minds. At the same time, there are numerous non-gifted people around the world who want to kill off the gifted ones. The show has a very comic-book type feel with a strong focus on the plot that arcs across full seasons and allows for focus on personal, smaller stories within the characters.

4.  Saturday Night Live

Though it's had numerous ups and downs during the time it's been running, there's something great about settling down for an episode of Saturday Night Live with the family (if your kids are mature enough). Offering up a number of excuses to laugh, and plenty of cameos to please just about any viewer, there's never a dull moment on this show, making it a great excuse to get together and have some fun with your loved ones.

5.  Other Shows (past shows as well)

You do not have to watch new shows to be entertained. Some people believe seasons 1 to 9 for 24 are some of the best TV ever made – especially if you are patriotic. House was a phenomenal medical show and so was ER. There are people that believe that all medical shows will never equal those two. The Wire – this could be the best written show in the past 40 years. Breaking Bad was incredibly entertaining. The Shield – a wonderful show about the challenges of criminal justice with a true hero cop leading the way. Who cares if he takes a little extra for himself? The Good Wife and Sons of Anarchy are not to be forgotten either.

*The Healthy Moms Magazine recommends that children 10 and under watch television for no more than one hour a day. Too much television can lead to obesity which is the result from an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle. 

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#WordlessWednesday on a Tuesday - Busy Bees

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The mint in my garden is in bloom so the bees are busy pollinating. I probably shouldn't have taken these photos because just as I snapped the second one a bee flew at me and nearly stung me on the hand. Out here the bees get pretty active when the weather starts to cool down. It feels like fall already. Have the bees been active where you live?






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#WordlessWednesday on a Tuesday - Mosquitoes, Spiders, Oh My

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Yesterday my eight-year old came up to me and said, "Mom, there is something strange in the pond."

"What do you mean? Is it an animal?" I asked.

"Something like that," he said. "It's swimming in the pond."

When I took a closer look I noticed that there were tiny little things swimming in the pond. I figured that it could be tadpoles or worse, baby mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water.  July and August are prime months for mosquitoes here in the Midwest.

I also saw a beautiful spiderweb on the pond. Hopefully, when the little mosquitoes begin to fly the spider will catch them. We are also thinking about spraying our pond. How do you control mosquitoes?









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Looking For Guest Bloggers for The Healthy Moms Magazine

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I am leaving for vacation on Saturday April 5, 2014 and need good quality guest posts to run while I am gone. The posts must follow these guidelines:

 

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Opportunities for Serious Bloggers at Healthy Moms Social and The Healthy Moms Magazine

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I am excited to announce that I am ready to build up a new blogging and social media team for healthymoms-social.com and thehealthymoms.net.

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What are You Feeding Your Kids?

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Americans are failing to read food labels properly. Today I examined some popular "healthy" foods marketed to our children and revealed the truth about what is really in them. Visit this link and share if you want to know what American children are eating today.…

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Tips to Build Your Blogging Community

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Establishing a community is very important for bloggers. Joining and participating in social networks like this one and visiting and commenting on blogs every single day are the best ways to build your blogging community. But finding the appropriate blogs to comment…

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At 6:19pm on August 18, 2010, Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner said…
Hi there from The Girlz Korner in upstate New York where you'll find light, witty and rather entertaining articles on every topic imaginable from The Little Black Dress to Making Whoopie. So if you get a chance to kick back and exhale, if only for a brief moment ... come on over and see me some time.
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I am following your blog. Since you are in CA you may be interested in mine at www.ocfunguide.blogspot.com
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At 12:05pm on June 10, 2009, Mama of 3 Munchkins! said…
Hi Cascia,

I use to live in North Highlands but that was a long time ago. Thanks for adding me as a friend. Talk Soon!
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Grabbed your button from Grab My Button and it's now posted at: http://wifeandmomof3.net/blogbuttonexchange. Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thank you! I'm always pleased when a fellow mom visits my site and finds it helpful. I appreciate that you let me know, too!
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