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The Very Hungry Caterpillar – A Bedtime Favorite for A Healthier Generation

As our children were growing up, Eric Carle was one of our favorite authors and his book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, was often one of their choices at bedtime. Currently, the AAP is teaming up with The Alliance for A Healthier Generation along with this timeless book by Eric Carle to help families in their efforts to eat a healthier diet. The following link​ to the healthychildren.org website provides the tools for this initiative.

 

 

 

 

It’s Never Too Early!

It may seem a little early to start talking about the flu, but there are recent publications providing important preliminary recommendations for the upcoming flu season.  Notable is the recommendation that live attenuated influenza virus (LAIV) vaccine (i.e. Flumist) NOT be used for the 2017-18 season so prepare your children for injectable flu vaccine only! This is doubtful to change when final guidelines from the CDC come out later this summer. According to the CDC there were 99 pediatric deaths due to influenza this past season. That’s 99 too many in my opinion! KPA is already preparing for the 2017-18 influenza season and will let you know soon when we’ll begin flu shots. Click here to link to an important article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).