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Watch young children for signs of RSV

By | November 4th, 2022|Preparedness|

This time of the year, many adults and children catch the common cold. Sometimes, what looks like a cold can actually be RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Many people recover quickly from RSV in a week or two, but it can be potentially more serious for others such as infants and elderly individuals. Arizona is [...]

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Teal pumpkins promote safe spaces for kids with allergies

By | October 26th, 2022|Prevention|

For most children, trick-or-treating is a fun way to dress in costumes and collect their favorite candy. But for children with food allergies, this weekend's festivities can present a tempting danger. The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive for the one in 13 children living with food [...]

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Positive experiences help children bounce back from adverse events

By | October 19th, 2022|Prevention|

You may have heard about adverse childhood experiences, potentially traumatic events that could have lifelong health consequences. But there is increasing attention focused on positive childhood experiences that help children build resilience and recover from significant adversity or trauma. Researchers have noticed that children with resilience have better health outcomes and develop the ability to plan [...]

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Ages 5-11 added to those eligible for Omicron COVID-19 boosters

By | October 12th, 2022|Preparedness|

Children ages 5 and older may now receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine boosters targeting Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 as well as the original coronavirus. This is important news for parents of kids in this age group who are vaccinated, as this bivalent booster includes protection against the highly transmissible and immune-evading variants that dominate [...]

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Help for those seeking COVID-19 vaccination for children younger than 3

By | June 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

I’m happy to hear that so many parents are planning to vaccinate their children younger than 5 years old against COVID-19. Among other age groups, vaccines have been safe and highly effective at preventing severe illness. Now COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone starting at 6 months of age.  For parents of those younger than [...]

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Arizona’s youngest kids now can benefit from COVID-19 vaccines

By | June 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

This is an exciting week for me and many other parents of young children. Following the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children at least 6 months old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending vaccination for all children. Nearly 400,000 Arizona children in this age group are now [...]

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Federal officials considering COVID-19 vaccines for kids as young as 6 months

By | June 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

As a public health professional and mother of young children, I am happy to see the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begin formal consideration of COVID-19 vaccination for children as young as 6 months. The key to this federal review is determining if the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh any potential adverse effects. The FDA [...]

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Water Safety: Take steps to prevent child drownings

By | June 3rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Arizona experienced the tragic deaths of 22 children due to drowning in 2020, according to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program. Nearly all of them were children ages 1 to 4.  Every one of those drowning deaths was preventable.  To promote water safety, ADHS joins organizations around the country urging adults to help reduce drownings [...]

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It’s time to get kids 5 and older up current on immunizations, including COVID-19 boosters

By | May 20th, 2022|Preparedness|

Childhood vaccines protect against not just severe illness but prevent disease outbreaks that can interrupt classroom learning. That’s one reason why ADHS and our partners encourage parents to get their children current on required immunizations as well as COVID-19 vaccination. The pandemic has made it more difficult to stay current on routine medical care. With [...]

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Parents: Get your questions answered about COVID-19 vaccination

By | November 4th, 2021|Preparedness|

Nothing is more precious than our children, so I understand why many parents will have questions about kids and COVID-19 vaccination.  That’s why ADHS has enlisted medical and public health experts to answer parents’ questions in a town hall-style video we plan to make available Wednesday, Nov. 17, on our social media channels and through [...]

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