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Need Childhood Vaccine Info? Find It Here

Need Childhood Vaccine Info? Find It Here

As a parent – whether you have a newborn baby or a college-bound freshman – you do everything you can to keep your child safe and healthy. From securing a baby gate, to providing nutritious meals, to getting the brakes checked on your teen’s car, their well-being is your top priority.
Vaccination is another important way you can protect your child. Vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule is one of the best ways you can protect them from 16 serious diseases. To learn more about these diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, talk to your child’s doctor or visit CDC’s website for parents.
Childhood Vaccination Fast Facts and In-depth Information
The vaccine website for parents was designed for parents with input from parents. You’ll find age-specific information about all recommended infant, child and teen vaccines. In short, you’ll have access to a wealth of easy-to-find, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-use information to guide you as you make immunization decisions for your child.
At the site, you can find vaccine information based on your child’s age. The information is so you can find quick answers to basic questions, or you can dig deeper for additional details including supporting research, data and statistics. Visit the site.
Adults Need Immunizations Too!
Your need for immunizations doesn’t end when you reach adulthood. And, if you are pregnant, there are vaccines you should receive before, during and after pregnancy. Protect your health and your family’s health by staying up-to-date with your own vaccines. Learn what vaccines you need.
As you look through the site, you’ll see

Vaccine information for your child at every age

Easy-to-read immunization schedules

Information about the 16 vaccine-preventable diseases

Vaccine safety information, including possible side effects and how safety […]

Money talks when it comes to losing weight

Article courtesy of Matt Sloane – CNN Medical Producer
How’d you like to get paid to lose weight? Financial incentives can help improve your odds of dropping pounds, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic followed 100 Mayo employees over the course of a year as they took educational classes on how to eat healthy and lose weight.
The employees were broken up into several groups – some of which got financial incentives to shed the pounds and others that just got the classes.

“We found that people who receive financial incentives tended to stick with the healthy behaviors we all wish we would do more often,” said lead study author Dr. Stephen Driver, an internal medicine resident at Mayo Clinic.
“At 52 weeks, those in the financial arm of the study had lost an average of about 9 pounds,” he said, “as compared to those who didn’t receive financial incentives, who lost about 2 pounds.”
Each participant received $20 for every pound they lost, but they also had to pay $20 for every pound they gained. Driver says the move wasn’t just punitive; it was both an added incentive to lose weight and a way to fund the program.
“About 86% of large employers are already offering some kind of financial incentives to help employees reach their health goals,” Driver said. “But one problem employers run into with financial incentives is that they can be expensive. Part of our model was to allow the so-called ‘losers’ to fund the ‘winners,’ and I think that can help things to be more sustainable.”
This study is not the first to show the link between financial incentives and improved weight loss, but with one year of follow up, it is the […]