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Keep vaccines up to date

January 22, 2019
Kiki Angelos , MOV Parent

The school year is half gone and I am sure before school started in August, kids were required to get certain shots.With the hassle of buying new school clothes and getting supplies for school, immunizations are the last thing on parents' minds, but it is the most important thing that they must do to protect children's health. I know that this year, the doctors are suggesting everyone get a flu shot, for the flu is supposed to be worse this year than last year.

At the present time, the flu is going around and especially in schools where the children are exposed to one another. The symptoms are headache, high temperature and sore throat.

Make sure your children wash their hands often, don't drink from each other, take vitamins and eat healthy. It is hard for the child to be sick, but also for the parents since they miss school and many times the parents are forced to miss work to stay home and care for their child.

Today's childhood vaccines protect against serious life threatening diseases including polio, measles, whooping cough and chicken pox. Thanks to the vaccines, most of the diseases I just listed have become very rare in the United States .

Keep in mind that all these childhood immunizations, including the ones required for school, are available all year long at your doctor's office or health department and even some drug stores. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and also spreading the disease to others in the community, including babies that are too young to be fully vaccinated. Keep your children safe and protected.

Until next month!

BLT Cukes

1/2 cup finely chopped lettuce

1/2 cup finely chopped baby spinach

3 slices crisp-cooked and crumbled bacon

1/4 cup diced tomato

1 1/2 tablespoons reduced-fate or nonfat mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

pinch salt

1 large cucumber

minced parsley or green onion

Combine lettuce, spinach, bacon, tomato, mayonnaise, pepper and salt; set aside. Peel cucumber. Trim off ends; cut in half lengthwise. Using spoon, scoop out and discard seeds.

Spoon lettuce mixture into cucumber halves. Sprinkle with parsley. Cut into 2-inch pieces.

Sub On The Run

2 hard rolls, split into halves

4 tomato slices

14 turkey pepperoni slices

2 ounces fat-free oven-roasted turkey breast

1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella or reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup packaged coleslaw mix or shredded lettuce

1/4 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons prepared fat-free Italian salad dressing

Top each bottom half of rolls with 2 tomato slices, 7 pepperoni slices, 1 ounce turkey, 2 tablespoons cheese, 1/2 cup coleslaw mix and half of bell pepper slices, if desired. Drizzle each half with salad dressing. Top with roll tops. To serve, cut into halves. After the subs are assembled, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate them. Pack them in lunch bags or boxes along with plenty of napkins. If the sandwiches won't be eaten for a few hours, add ice packs or bottles of frozen water. By the time lunch rolls around, the water bottles will be thawed.



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