Our Role: Work with community organizations to build a comprehensive effort to promote children’s health.
Raise community awareness of the different health problems affecting children and adolescents
Provide individuals with knowledge and skills to recognize, identify, and address these problems
Provide guidelines for health management
Help provide safe environments and promote healthy lifestyles for children and adolescents
Provide education and training to childcare professionals, such as teachers, coaches, counselors, daycare workers, church youth workers, scout leaders, etc.
Work in cooperation with youth organizations to offer health fairs and seminars for parents and families.
Who Can Participate:
Schools, preschools, daycare, after-school programs, boys/girls clubs, children’s camps, sports leagues, faith-based organizations (churches, YMCA, The Salvation Army), dance groups, cultural organizations and any other organizations with facilities or programs serving children.
The Art and Paula Devine Dental Education Program
Healthy Shopping Choices
Tots ‘n Teeth
Access to Excellent Diabetes Education
All trainings and seminars are available weekdays, weeknights, and weekends and can be available in English, Spanish, and Armenian. We are available to meet with representatives from different organizations and to present further information about these projects.
If you have diabetes, you are three times more likely to be hospitalized from the flu and its complications than other people. The flu may also interfere with your blood glucose levels.
People with diabetes should talk with their health care provider now to discuss preventing and treating the flu. People infected with the flu can pass it on to others a day or two before any symptoms appear. That’s why it is important to make sure the people around you get a flu shot as well.
The vaccine is safe and effective. It has been given safely to hundreds of millions of people. You should get the flu shot vaccine and not the nasal spray type of vaccine.
Everyone ages 6 months and older should get the flu shot unless told otherwise by a health care provider, especially people with diabetes. The flu shot is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The vaccine used in the shot is made from killed virus. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. A few people may be sore or notice some redness or swelling where the shot was given or have a mild fever. For more information about possible reactions, go to www.cdc.gov/flu.
Pneumococcal vaccine is also recommended for people with diabetes. One possible complication of flu can be pneumonia. A pneumonia (pneumococcal) vaccine should also be part of a diabetes management plan. Talk to your health care provider for more information on getting both vaccines.
If you get sick, prescription medicine can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They do more than just relieve the symptoms. They can help prevent serious health problems that can result from flu illness. They work best when started within 2 days of getting sick, so talk with your doctor now about what to do if you start to feel sick, and call your doctor as soon as you get flu symptoms.
Sick Day Guidelines for People with Diabetes
If you have diabetes, even if your blood sugars are in good control, and are sick with flu-like illness, you should follow these additional steps.
Call your health care provider or go to an emergency room if any of the following happen to you:
Talk with your doctor now about how to reach him or her quickly by telephone if you think you have the flu. Symptoms of influenza can include:
People may be infected with the flu and have some symptoms without a fever.