Pink Eye – What to do

Sully, Mike and Boo  Monsters Inc. Boo is my favorite kid!

Sully, Mike and Boo
Monsters Inc.
Boo is my favorite kid!

Practice good hygiene to control the spread of pink eye.

For instance:

Don’t touch your eyes with your hands.

Wash your hands often.

Use only clean towels and washcloths.

Don’t share towels or washcloths.

Change your pillowcases often.

Avoid swimming in a swimming pool.

Throw away your eye cosmetics, such as mascara.

Don’t share eye cosmetics or personal eye care items.

Use any antibiotics for the complete period prescribed.

Pink eye symptoms may resolve in three to seven days.
Children with viral conjunctivitis may be contagious for a week or more.

Children may return to school when the redness and discharge in their eyes subsides.

Preventing the spread of pink eye

Conjunctivitis – a conundrum

Pinkeye and Makeup 

Lyme disease

Harrison Begay (1914-2012) Haskay Yahne Yah - The Wandering Boy Navajo artist Arizona-New Mexico

Harrison Begay (1914-2012)
Navajo artist Arizona-New Mexico

Lyme Disease 

There’s no surefire way to avoid getting Lyme disease. But you can minimize your risk. Be aware of ticks when you are in high-risk areas. If you work outdoors or spend time gardening, fishing, hunting, or camping, take precautions:

  • Wear enclosed shoes or boots, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. Tuck your pant legs into your shoes or boots to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs.
  • Use an insect repellant containing 10% to 30% DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide).
  • Wear light-colored clothing to help you see ticks more easily.
  • Keep long hair pulled back or wear a cap for protection.
  • Don’t sit on the ground outside.
  • Check yourself for ticks regularly — both indoors and outdoors. Wash your clothes and hair after leaving tick-infested areas.

If you use an insect repellent containing DEET, always follow the recommendations on the product’s label and don’t overapply it. Place DEET on shirt collars and sleeves and pant cuffs, and only use it directly on exposed areas of skin. Be sure to wash it off when you go back indoors.

No vaccine for Lyme disease is currently on the market in the United States.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. 

Reason versus Right! – No More Personal Exemption!

imageWhat  about a school’s legal responsibility to its students?

Dorit Reiss, professor at Hastings School of Law, has written extensively about the potential legal ramification of not vaccinating a child and giving parents of an infected child the right to sue. But Reiss believes a court might have trouble finding a school negligent for allowing unvaccinated children to attend, absent an outbreak. However, she clarified, during a health threat, such as the current measles one, schools do have the authority to bar unvaccinated students. And they could, she said, potentially be held legally accountable, by a parent or a teacher, for not protecting their community.

How Schools Are Dealing With Anti-Vaccine Parents

What is Scarier Than Ebola – INFLUENZA

Coming into Giverny in Winter, Sunset ~ Claude Monet

Coming into Giverny in Winter, Sunset ~ Claude Monet

During the 2013-2014 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 46 percent of Americans received vaccinations against influenza, even though it kills about 3,000 people in this country in a good year, nearly 50,000 in a bad one.

Scarier Than Ebola