Immunizations (also called shots or vaccines) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn't just for kids - to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get vaccinated, too.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.
How can National Immunization Awareness Month make a difference?
We can all use this month to raise awareness about vaccines and share strategies to increase immunization rates in our community.
Here are just a few ideas:
Talk to friends and family members about how vaccines aren't just for kids. Shots can protect people of all ages from serious diseases.
Encourage people in your community to get the flu vaccine every year.
Invite a doctor or nurse to speak to parents about why it's important for all kids to get vaccinated.
How can I help spread the word?
We've made it easier for you to make a difference! This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county!
This month let's play and splash at the park! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.
Saturday, August 25, 10:00am - 12:00pm. See theFLYER with all the information.
Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!
How can you give kids the best start in life?
One of the most important factors for early intervention services, is the early and accurate identification of infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disabilities.
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are screening tools designed
to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092.
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?
Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Consuming cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot, etc.) can affect the health of your baby and is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who plan to become pregnant soon. Here are some important facts you should know.
Cannabis Can Harm Your Baby
Research shows that if you use cannabis while you are pregnant or breastfeeding:
Your baby may be born with a lower birth weight.
A low birth weight baby is more likely to have health problems, especially in the first year of life.
The growth and development of your baby's brain can be harmed.
How Cannabis Affects Your Baby
No matter how you use cannabis (smoking, vaping, eating, or drinking), the active ingredient in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), will reach your baby in three ways:
Through your bloodstream and into the placenta (the organ that feeds your baby during pregnancy).
Through your breast milk.8,9 "Pumping and Dumping" doesn't work. THC is stored in fat cells and is slowly released over several weeks, so it stays in your breast milk.
Through secondhand smoke that enters your baby's lungs.
No Amount of Cannabis is Safe
Leading doctors' organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians13 and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics14 recommend that:
If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant soon, discontinue use of cannabis.
If you already use cannabis for medicinal purposes, discontinue use in favor of an alternative treatment which research shows is safer during pregnancy.
Don't breathe cannabis smoke if you are pregnant. It is bad both for you and your baby because, like tobacco smoke, it lowers your oxygen levels, introduces toxins into your system and harms your lungs.
Talk to your doctor about any questions you have about cannabis.
Peanut Butter (if you have allergies you could use cream cheese, etc.)
1. Cutting celery about 6 inches long, doesn't need to be exact. You could make mini airplane's by using a smaller piece of celery.
2. Add your peanut butter to the the center part of the celery.
3. Insert the toothpick into the celery.
4. Add one grape to each side to give the appearance of wheels on the sides of the airplane.
5. Place 1/4 of a graham cracker across the top of the celery as the wings
One day, California's success
will be measured by the
well-being of its youngest children.
Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Over 800 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
So ... what should you talk about? Anything and everything. Describe the pattern of circles on a blanket. Count the number of blocks on the floor. Listen to the noisy garbage truck outside. Talk about the whirring sound of the blender. What did you do at work today? What will you have for dinner tonight? Engage in conversation. Look into your baby's eyes and watch his reactions as you talk. Remember, it really doesn't matter what you talk about - and it also doesn't matter if your baby is too young to understand. His brain is developing with every word. Knowing more than one language offers countless benefits for your kids - including expanding their future career opportunities. You don't have to speak a language perfectly. The most important thing is to introduce them to it.
Read... them a book, it's very smart.
What is one of the most powerful things you can do with your baby? Read! Start early, and read every day from birth onward to establish a rewarding habit early in life. A great tip to keep in mind is to read WITH your child. Use funny voices, point out and describe pictures, and ask questions as you go along. These simple actions not only will help hold your child's interest, but it'll spark imagination and curiosity - even at a very young age.
Don't have enough hours in the day to read? We get it. Just a few minutes a day can have an impact. Reading shopping lists, recipes, road signs, and labels together all count, too. You're doing your best, and your child will thank you for it later.
Sing... them a song, it's a wonderful start.
Music is a great way to help babies learn new words, boost language comprehension, and establish rhythm and rhyme. When you sing to your baby, you're forming a special bond together just by the sound of your voice. Singing is also a great activity for the whole family. Sing old favorites and new tunes together, and help build deeper family bonds between older siblings and grandparents too. Remember, it doesn't matter if you can't carry a tune. In your baby's eyes, you are a singing superstar. Sneak in songs during breakfast, in the car, or during bath time. From nursery rhymes to your own favorite playlist, turn up the volume and sing together. It's one of the greatest expressions of your love!
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe
Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!