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_,.,..a,~,~....-,.,aij :t,~.,,._ ~.,4,aka,. ............ ~ ..... ~ ..... Thursday, July 29, 2010 The Oklahoma State Department of Health reminds you that now is the best time to check your child' s immunization record and schedule a visit with your health care provider or local county health depart- ment to obtain any vacci- nations needed for school. This is the best time because clinics only get busier as the start of the school year gets closer. The demand for vac- cine turns into a rush every year before school starts mainly because of the boost- ers due for children entering kindergarten. Children in kindergarten through the twelfth grade are required to have the primary series of the following vac- cines: DTaP (4 doses), polio (3 doses), MMR (1 dose), hepatitis B (3 doses), hepati- tis A (2 doses) and variceUa (1 dose) and booster doses of DTaP and polio vaccines and a second dose of MMR. A second dose of varicella vaccine is also recom- mended at 4 to 6 years of age, but is not required in Oklahoma. If a child is behind with his or her vaccinations, they can catch up. Children can start school as long as they are in the process of com- plying with the require- ments. Parents of children who haven't completed the required series and boosters should obtain a schedule from their doctor or clinic that shows the dates when they will receive the rest of the doses. Parents can then take the schedule to the school, but the children must be started on the series. College students in Okla- homa are also required to present vaccination records. All college students are required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines and first-time college enrollees who will live on campus are also required to have the meningococcal vaccine. The college requirements do not apply to students enrollil g only in courses delivered via the Internet or through distance learning in which the student is not required to attend class on campus. Vaccines are also strongly recommended for adolescents and teenagers, 99 although these vaccines are not required for school. Three vaccines are recom- mended for all adolescents at 11 to 12 years of age and all teens 13 through 18 years who have not yet received the vaccines: Meningococcal vac- cine to protect against 4 types of meningitis as the risk for this disease increases between ages 15 and 24 years Tdap vaccine, a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and whoop- ing cough, as immunity decreases over time Humanpapillomavirus vaccine to protect against viruses that cause 70 per- cent of cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts in the U.S. A second dose of varicella vaccine for the best protec- tion These v ccines are avail- able at county health depart- ments, Indian Health Service and tribal clinics, and many private physicians through the Vaccines for Children Program. Adolescents and teens are eligible for this program through their 18th year if they have no health insurance, or are eligible for SoonerCare (Oklaho- ma's Medicaid program), or are Native American or Alaskan Native, or if their health insurance does not cover vaccines or does not cover a particular vac- cine. However, once teens reach 19 years of age, they are no longer eligible for the Vaccines for Children program. "Summer ts a good time to check the vaccination records of everyone in your family. All adults need tetanus and diphtheria boosters every ten years," said Dr. Lynn Mitchell, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Commissioner for Prevention and Prepared- ness Services. "So parents, check your records too, and get the vaccines you need along with those for your children. Kids may be less resistant to shots when they know grown-ups have to get shots too." If you have any ques- tions about back-to-school vaccinations, check with your health care provider, call your county health department, or the Okla- homa State Department of Health's Inununization Service at (405) 271-4073. 'Every Ounce Counts'Theme for World Breastfeeding W Every day a mom breast- The Payne County Health "An environment where six months of life. and con- feeds is one more day of Department hopes these breastfeeding is supported tinue receiving breastmilk better health for both mom activities will help inform will encourage women to for at least the first year and baby. The Payne County mothers, breastfeeding meet their breastfeeding and beyond. Many women Health Department and the advocates, health profes- goals. Mothers know the who would like to breast- Oklahoma State Department sionals, and the community benefits of breastmilk, and feed make the decision of Health (OSDti) are pro- on how they can actively by providing every ounce either not to breastfeed or rooting World Breastfeed- support mothers to con-of breastmilk possible, to wean early, due to their ing Week, Aug. 1-7, 2010, tinue to breastfeed for at they help keep their babies need to return to work. with the theme J3reastmilk least the baby's tirst year healthier." According torecentdata, 79 - Every Ounce Counts. This and beyond. Because breastfeeding is percent of Oklahoma moth- year's theme focuses on the "Workplaces that provide so important for mothers ers breastfeed initially, but importance of every ounce a supportive environment and babies, major medi- only 30.5 percent continue of breastmilk - even when can help ease the stress cal organizations such as to breastfeed for six months moms go back to work. and help mothers feelthe American Academy of or longer. In Oklahoma, Special World Breastfeed- good about their decision Pediatrics and the Ameri- one-third of women who ing Week activities planned to combine working and can Association of Family choose not to breastfeed cite for Payne County include a breastfeeding," said Payne Physicians recommend that returning to work or school special poster display and County Health Department babies receive nothing but as the reason. A woman's breastfeeding classes,dietitian Sarah Walker. breastmilk during the first decision to breastfeed often affects when and if she will return to work. With the newly-passed healthcare reform bill, employers are now required Stress. It is the number sion, casino visits, shopping brief visit to a friend's to accommodate breastfeed- one health threat to Ameri- for shopping's sake; even garden allows me a time- ing employees. This legisla- cans. The dictionary defines video games can be. meth- out. Picking up a book that tion recognizes that the abil- stress many ways. "Special ods for dealing with stress, offers no"how-to-improve" ity to express milk at work is weight, importance or sig- These unhealthy "tools" advice helps slow me down. a necessity for breastfeeding I do believe though the all- mothers who must balance i time best way to reduce their own need to work stress is to breathe!with caring for their babies. Oxygen clears the mind According to Section 4207 , and energizes the body. ofthe Patient Protection and By LeeAnn Take a walk, swim a few Affordable Care Act: laps, or sing for no par- Employers must provide nificance; to put stress or are as varied as humans ticular reason. Stretch women in the workforce a emphasis on; force exerted themselves. Yet when and breathe, harness your reasonable break time and to or beyond the point of you think about it, like the thoughts. Walking or swim- space to express their milk strain; tension; and, to put dictionary definitions, your ming does not count if you for their babies. considered in relation to the program's initiation in the size, financial resources, 2008, the OSDH and The nature, or structure of the State Chamber of Okla- business, homa have recognized 29 The rules, regulations, and Oklahoma worksites for standards of implementation being Recognized Breast- are still being developed feeding Friendly Work- by the U.S. Department of sites. into straits or difficulties; stress-buster may be fueling are exercising, While the This must be provided for Labor. Ensuring that breast- For more information distress". Itis interesting to the fire by creating its own oxygen exchange still one year after the child's feeding mothers have time about breastfeeding, con- me how one definition plays tension, worry and distress, provides benefits to your birth, and space to express their tact the Payne County off of and leads to another, I find my anxiety level rises health, the relaxation of The place employers milk is a major step in pro- Health Department at 405- eventually distress. "when I place undue impor- mere movement is lost. provide must not be a bath- viding support to women in 372-8200 or 918-225-3377. Many health conscious tance on a situation over Giving is another way room. It must be shielded the workplace. Breastfeeding support is adults are aware of the dan- which I have no control, to reduce stress. I love to from view and free from Oklahoma already has a also available 24 hours a gers of stress; high blood It may be financial, career sui'prise friends with a foot intrusion by coworkers and program in place to recog- day, seven days a week pressure and heart attacks related, family, out-of-town rub and flowers. Some even the public, nize worksites that have met through the Oklahoma are two of the biggest, company or a combina- take welcome advantage of Employers are notrequired criteria to become breast- Breastfeeding Hotline at Countless other "lesser" tion of all the above. Life d opping by for a brief visit to pay their employees for feeding friendly. These 1-877-271-MILK (6455). health risks can also be becomes out of balance, and taking home abouquet, the time they spend express- worksites allow flexible Additional information symptoms or deceptive I turn to . If I Giving guest's feet amini- ing their milk. break times and a private regarding becoming a solutions for dealing with do not choose a healthy massage while chatting Employers with fewer location for nursing moth- Recognized Breastfeed- stress. I think of eating outlet, the stress continues helps both of our daily than 50 workers are exempt ers to express milk, have ing Friendly Worksite disorders, smoking, alcohol to build, pressures to evaporate, from these requirements if access to a nearby water or locating a lactation ind recreational marijuana. There are a number of As summer threatens to they would pose an undue source for washing hands consultant in this area is Coping mechanisms may things I consider to be swallow you in busyness, hardship by causing the and breast pump equip-available on the OSDH not be ingested, but just as healthy stressreducers. Foot breathe, move, give...stress employer significant dif- ment, and have a written breasffeeding Web site http: deceptive. Excessive televi- rubs are high on my list. A less. ficulty or expense when breastfeeding policy. Since //bis.health.ok.gov. Ii