Found on Twitter:
Do you think the students have wi-fi to finish their homework on the way to school?
(This is not necessarily representative of all Indian school buses.)
One wonders at the stories behind such “buses” and their use. It might make an interesting geography assignment, to find out how students get to school in other nations. What is the most exotic, bizarre, dangerous or luxurious ride?
Maurice Sendak, to his death, held on to some of his childhood concerns; and he worried about how we teach our children to deal with the world, and those scary things.
How do kids make it? “They want to survive,” Sendak said. “They Want To Survive.”
- More lost interviews, from Blank on Blank
- Watch an Adorable Animated Interview with Maurice Sendak on What it’s Like to be a Kid (flavorwire.com)
- Happy birthday Maurice Sendak! From Google and from us. (coolmompicks.com)
- 10 Fascinating Interviews with Maurice Sendak (flavorwire.com)
- Maurice Sendak: Google doodle celebrates author’s 85th birthday (guardian.co.uk)
- The Walt Disney Family Museum Announces Exhibitions and Events That Explore Wonderlands and Where the Wild Things Are (prweb.com)
- Maurice Sendak in 2009 interview: ‘Everything is the same. Nothing changes.’ (washingtonpost.com)
This week is National Infant Immunization Week designated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Vaccinations worked miracles in extending human lifespans, and in making childhood much safer from disease, for those children who get vaccinated.
Information following comes directly from the CDC:
Protect Your Baby with Immunization
Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age two. Check to see if your baby is up to date on immunizations.
It is important for children to be fully immunized. Diseases that can be prevented with vaccines can be very serious – even deadly – especially for infants and young children. For example, children younger than 2 years old are at the highest risk for serious pneumococcal disease like pneumonia, blood infection (sepsis), and meningitis. Before the pneumococcal vaccine was used routinely, an estimated 17,000 cases of severe types of pneumococcal infection, like meningitis, occurred each year.
Immunization. Power to Protect.
Immunizations have helped to greatly improve the health of children in the United States. Most parents today have never seen first-hand the devastating consequences that vaccine-preventable diseases have on a family or community. While most of these diseases are not common in the United States, they persist around the world. It is important that we continue to protect our children with vaccines because outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases can and do occasionally occur in this country.
For example, in 2010, there were 27,550 people reported to have “whooping cough” (pertussis) in the United States. Twenty-seven deaths were reported – 25 of these were in children younger than 1 year old. In 2011, 222 people were reported to have measles in the United States – that’s more than any year since 1996. Measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated U.S. residents and foreign visitors who get infected when they are in other countries. Measles is still common in many parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa. In fact, in France alone, more than 15,000 people were reported to have measles in 2011. Measles spreads easily, and it can be serious, causing hospitalization and even death. Young children are at highest risk for serious complications from measles.
Vaccinating your baby according to the recommended immunization schedule gives him or her the best protection against 14 serious childhood illnesses – like measles and whooping cough – before he is two years old. The recommended schedule is designed to protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases.
Visit CDC’s vaccine website for parents.
The Diseases Vaccines Prevent
The recommended immunization schedule for babies includes vaccination protection against all of the following diseases:
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Pneumococcal disease
- Rubella (German measles)
- Tetanus (lockjaw)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Vaccinate On Time, Every Time
Even though the United States experiences outbreaks of some vaccine-preventable diseases, the spread of disease usually slows or stops because of immunization. If we stopped vaccinating, even the few cases we have in this country could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases. Fortunately, most parents choose to vaccinate their children and immunization rates in this country are at or near record high levels. In fact, less than 1% of children do not receive any vaccines. However, some children have not received all of their vaccines and therefore are not fully immunized. It’s important that children receive all doses of the vaccines according to the recommended immunization schedule. Not receiving all doses of a vaccine leaves a child vulnerable to catching serious diseases.
That’s why it’s important to make sure that your child is up to date on his or her immunizations. Call your pediatrician to find out if your child is due for any vaccinations. Or, you can use this online tool to enter your child’s current record and quickly see if any doses have been skipped or missed. It is important to your child’s health to be up to date on immunizations.
Paying for Immunization
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of vaccinations, but you should check with your insurance provider before going to the doctor. If you don’t have health insurance, or if your insurance does not cover vaccinations, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program may be able to help with the cost.
The VFC program helps families of eligible children who might not otherwise have access to immunization. The program provides vaccinations at no cost. Children younger than 19 years of age are eligible for VFC vaccines if they are:
- American Indian or Alaska Native,
- Underinsured and vaccinated in Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Clinics.
Parents of uninsured or underinsured children who receive vaccines at no cost through the VFC Program should check with their health care providers about possible administration fees that might apply. These fees help providers cover the costs of giving the vaccines, including storing the vaccines and paying staff members to give vaccines to patients. However, VFC vaccines cannot be denied to an eligible child if a family can’t afford the fee.
Have Questions about Immunization?
- Talk with your child’s health care professional, contact your local or state health department, or call the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
- Visit CDC’s vaccine website for parents
- Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations
- Immunization Schedule Tools
- Infant Immunizations FAQs
- Diseases & the Vaccines that Prevent Them
- If You Choose Not to Vaccinate Your Child, Understand the Risks and Responsibilities [PDF – 448KB]
- Immunization Requirements for Child Care and School
- Vaccine Information Statements, including side effects
- How to Hold Your Child during Vaccinations [PDF 156KB]
- Keeping Track of Vaccination Records
- Get The Picture: Childhood Immunizations Video
CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
Last syndicated: April 19, 2013
This content is brought to you by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Protect Your Baby with Immunization (cdc.gov)
- National Infant Immunization Week: The Power to Protect (giveacareindy.org)
- Immunization Provides the Power to Protect (shotofprevention.com)
- New Measles & Rubella Initiative 2012 Annual Report & Outbreak Fund (stopmeaslesrubella.org)
- Parents who do not have their children vaccinated run ‘grim risk’ warns Reilly (irishtimes.com)
- Vaccinations help protect all children (voices.kansascity.com)
- Protecting Infants Worldwide (nfid.wordpress.com)
- Beating the Child Killers. (zedie.wordpress.com)
- Better supply systems key to enable vaccines to reach children – WHO/UNICEF (ghanabusinessnews.com)
- National Infant Immunization Week (wcyb.com)
- Pre-vaccines vs. post-vaccines, at Random Rationality
Can your students write this well? This kid was 12:
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy, President of the United States, was a Scout in Troop 2 in the Bronxville, NY, from 1929 to 1931. This letter was written when he was 12 years old in 1929.
Transcript: A Plea for a raise
By Jack Kennedy
Dedicated to my
Mr. J. P. Kennedy
My recent allowance is 40¢. This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of child- hood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and In five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose. When I a a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs [searchlights] poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I cant use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.
John Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy
Contributed by: Peter Lenahan, Bronxville, NY
- The Scout Cabin in Bronxville, New York (Troop 2 is still going, it appears)
- Scouting is expensive, Mowry Journal (great photos of Kennedy and Scouts)
- Wiki Answers: Who was the first president who was a Scout?
- Boy Sout executive gives Fort Worth dinner audience something to chew on (star-telegram.com)
- What can change a life? You. (bedfordscouts.wordpress.com)
Dad texts the kids:
“You guys got what you need to stay warm [at Lambeau Field in Green Bay]?”
“We have plenty of green body paint.”