Wellness for Generations Newsletter - October 2016
Fall time is the ideal time to check off "To-do" items like getting your flu shot and checking your fire alarms. Generations can help with this and more in our October newsletter! Click here to read it now.
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Flu Season: Help Your Kids Get Past the Flu Shot
Flu season is approaching and that means it’s time for both children AND adults to get a flu shot. And this year, it will be a shot — even for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against the use of FluMist, the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, because studies have shown it is not effective.
Shots are often a scary thing for kids, especially since they get so many of them while they are young. Here are some tips for getting through the shot:
Don’t lie. If your child asks, don’t tell them they aren’t getting a shot or that it won’t hurt. This could ruin their trust in you. Explain that shots protect them and it will hurt, but only for a few seconds.
Don’t overhype. If your child doesn’t ask in advance, don’t talk about the shot all week. It may make him anxious and build the incident up in his mind.
Distract. Check with your doctor about applying an anesthetic cream before the shot. During the shot, hold your child’s hand, make funny faces, or do whatever you can to help him or her get through it.
Comfort. Provide hugs and a comfortable lap to sit in after the shot is done while your child calms theirself. Some doctors don’t recommend pain relievers afterward, but some do, so check with your doctor about using Motrin or Tylenol.
About Our Flu Vaccines
At Generations Family Practice, we have flu vaccine available for ages six months and older.
Fluzone is available for children ages 6 month to 35 months of age.
Flucelvax Quad is available for ages 4 years and older. Flucelvax is the first FDA-approved flu vaccine made from cells instead of chicken eggs. It is also antibiotic free, preservative-free and latex-free. This vaccine offers the same protection as the traditional egg-based flu dose.
For ages 65 and up, we provide a high-dose flu vaccine.
Patients are welcome to walk in for their flu shot as a nurse visit Monday through Saturday during regular business hours. We can also administer the vaccine during a scheduled office visit. For more information, give us a call at 919-852-3999.
What to Do if Someone You Know is the Victim of Domestic Abuse
Seeing someone you care about get hurt is hard. It’s natural to want to help or to “fix” it. But that’s not always the best approach.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. One in four women and one in four men have been victims of some type of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. In North Carolina, there were 108 domestic violence-related homicides in 2013.
If you’re witnessing domestic violence or suspect a problem, you may want to call the police. But according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline,calling the police may not be the right solution. Instead, try these steps:
Be supportive and listen. It’s important to acknowledge they are in a scary situation. Your friend may have trouble talking about the abuse; they need to know someone is available who believes them and will hear what they have to say.
No judgement. There are many reasons people stay in abusive relationships. Judgement will not help.
Encourage activity. The more support someone feels they have outside the abusive relationship, the more likely he/she is to leave.
Encourage him/her to develop a Safety Plan.
Encourage him/her to find support and guidance from programs in your area. Offer to go with them to police or support groups. Call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) to get more information.
Domestic Violence Resources
InterAct of Wake County is the local organization that helps those suffering domestic violence. Here is a nice list of other Wake County domestic violence groups. Or you learn more about domestic violence and how you can help: