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    • Released 12/23/16 from the Texas Department of State Health Services:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has updated its recommendation regarding the three injection series of HPV vaccination in adolescents, beginning at age 11-12 years. CDC now routinely recommends two doses of HPV vaccine for 11 or 12 year olds to prevent HPV cancers.

      Is your teen protected? by the HPV Vaccine?  Did you know it can prevent cancer? Human Papillomavirus As parents, you do everything you can to protect your children’s health for now and for the future. Today, there is a strong weapon to prevent several types of cancer in our kids: the HPV vaccine. HPV vaccination is recommended for preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12 years.  HPV vaccine is also recommended for girls ages 13 through 26 years and for boys ages 13 through 21 years, who have not yet been vaccinated.  So if your son or daughter hasn’t started or finished the HPV vaccine series—it’s not too late! Talk to your doctor about getting it for them now.

      Most people with HPV never develop symptoms or health problems. Most HPV infections (9 out of 10) go away by themselves within two years. But, sometimes, HPV infections will last longer, and can cause certain cancers and other diseases. HPV infection can cause:

      • cancers of the cervix, vagina, and vulva in women;
      • cancers of the penis in men; and

      • cancers of the anus and back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx), in both women and men.


      Every year in the United States, HPV causes 30,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers (about 28,000) from occurring.

    • Attention Parents of Senior High School Students:

      If your child is planning to attend a Texas University, they will need a Meningococcal Vaccine now! 

      During the 82nd Texas Legislative session, Senate Bill 1107 was passed. This bill requires all new students, transfer students, and returning students who have had a fall or spring semester break in their attendance at an institution of higher education to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination (or a booster dose) 10 days prior to the first class day of the entering semester. Without the evidence of vaccination, a student cannot attend classes on campus. This law became effective January 1, 2012 and means that students who are planning on attending an institute of higher education after they graduate from high school are going to need to show proof of vaccination to their school as a requirement for enrollment. 

    • The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat and prevent flu.

      1. Avoid close contact.

      Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

      2. Stay home when you are sick.

      If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

      3. Cover your mouth and nose.

      Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

      4. Clean your hands.

      Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

      5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

      Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

      6. Practice other good health habits.

      Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

      For more information visit the CDC.gov website 


      The Flu:  A Guide for Parents

      Talking to your Children About Flu

      Everyday Prevention Actions That Can Help Fight Germs

      INFLUENZA (GRIPE) La influenza y usted

      Are You a Flu Fighter Coloring Book

      Eres un luchador contra la influenza?

       
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the most up-to-date information regarding the Zika Virus.  For additional information select the following links: 

      Zika:  The Basics of the Virus and What you Need to Know 

      What Parents Should Know about Zika

      Zika and Pregnancy

      Zika in Central Texas :  The latest from the Comal County Office of Public Health and the City of New Braunfels. 

      For your reference, there is an Activity Book for Elementary students and a flyer about talking to your kids and protecting your family. 

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