October is Children's Health Month!

kidsthreeThroughout the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency hosts and participates in a number of activities and events in October to raise awareness about children’s environmental health. This year’s theme, Healthy Communities, Healthy Children, highlights EPA’s commitment to work with communities to ensure every child has a safe place to live, learn and play.  Click here to visit the EPA's website for a list of events taking place throughout the country. external link


Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine

fluChildren should be vaccinated every flu season for the best protection against flu. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that children get vaccinated as early in the flu season so they are protected before the flu begins spreading in their community.  Read more at CDC.gov external link



Is it a Cold, or is it the Flu?

arthritisInfluenza: What are the symptoms? What causes it? How does it spread? How do you avoid it? Can the Flu lead to other problems? Can kids take antiviral medicine?  Do any home remedies work?  When should I take my child to the hospital?  It’s not always easy to tell your child has the flu. The illness comes on fast and is more intense than a cold. For some answers to these questions, read more on WebMD.com's Children and Flu page. external link


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Information

rsvprotectionSymptoms of RSV are similar to other respiratory infections.  Illness begins 4 to 6 days after being exposed to the virus.  In adults and older children, typical RSV symptoms include a low-grade fever, congested or runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and occasionally wheezing. In children younger than age 2, RSV can cause a lower respiratory tract illness such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia; more severe cases can result in respiratory failure.  Read more


What is Croup?  

croupCroup is a condition that causes swelling and irritation of the upper airways — the voice box (larynx) and windpipe (trachea). It’s caused by the same viruses that cause the common cold. Kids with croup have a “barky” cough or hoarseness, especially when crying. Croup is most common in kids 6 months to 3 years old, but some older children also get croup. Most cases happen in the fall and early winter.  Read more at KidsHealth.org external link



Does Your Child Play Sports? Watch for Concussions

sportsThe most common causes of concussion include sports, car accidents or falls.  The two most dangerous sports include football and girls' soccer.  Concussions can cause serious injury, especially if a second injury occurs before your child's brain has healed completely. Having too many concussions will cause long-term brain damage that can lead to serious disease in the future.... Read More


Breastfeeding Saves Mothers' Lives, Too!

babyBreastfeeding as recommended -- for a total of one year and exclusively for six months -- could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition. Read more about it at ScienceDaily.com external link



Halloween Safety Tips for Children

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Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a series of Halloween safety tips about costumes, pumpkin carving, home safety and more. We all want our children to be safe.  Following these tips may make your child's celebration healthy, safe, and spooktacular! Read more


Youth Events at Klamath County Library


Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for October include Harry Potter Month, Comic-Con, Comics Workshop with Professor Franny, a Halloween party, Teen Tech, Youth Book Club, Coding Club, Writers Groups and much more!  Read more external link


HPV and Cancer: HPV Vaccinations recommended for ages 11 and up

immunizationsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an epidemic of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  The American Cancer Society recommends that routine HPV vaccination for girls and boys should be started at age 11 or 12.  Boys and girls in this age group have the best response to the vaccine, which prevents most cases of cervical and anal cancer in females if the vaccine is given before a person is exposed to HPV.  Read more on the American Cancer Society's website. external link



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