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From Kindergarten to College, Go Back to School in Better Health
Date:9/22/2009

SEATTLE, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether your kids are heading back to grade school, high school or college, they'll be facing a slew of health risks - many of which can be minimized with a little planning and prevention. Physicians at The Polyclinic in Seattle recommend some simple steps to keeping kids healthy and safe:

Get your kids immunized for childhood diseases

Vaccines are available for many serious childhood illnesses like chicken pox, measles, polio and Hepatitis B, and most schools require these immunizations. A number of vaccinations are recommended for children by age two, followed by booster shots later on - check with your doctor to see if your child is up-to-date. You can find the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

Avoid the flu, times two

This year more than ever, doctors strongly recommend flu shots for kids and adults alike. Because of the spread of H1N1 flu (often referred to as "swine flu"), everyone needs to get two different vaccines - one for the regular seasonal flu, and an additional shot for the H1N1 flu. Vaccinating your child and yourself not only helps you avoid getting sick - it also protects the people around you and prevents the spread at schools and work. Colleges have been hard-hit already, so don't forget about having your older children vaccinated as well. More information on flu vaccinations is available from the Washington State Department of Health at: www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize.

Keep germs and viruses at bay

Teach your kids how to avoid exposure to colds, flu and infections by washing their hands regularly, using hand sanitizer, and keeping their hands away f
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