Updated: 12/14/2012 - IT'S TOUGH TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO TALK WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT TODAY'S SHOOTING. WE'RE REACHING OUT TO A LOCAL EXPERT WHO HELPS US OFTEN DURING TERRIBLE TIMES LIKE THIS. KIDPOWER SAYS EVEN THOUGH IT'S A HARD TOPIC...IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO TALK WITH KIDS ABOUT IT. BECAUSE IT'S LIKELY THEY'VE ALREADY HEARD THE NEWS. BUT JUST AS QUICKLY... YOU NEED TO REASSURE THEM ABOUT THEIR OWN SAFETY. KIDPOWER SAYS /// BE A SAFE CALM PERSON TO TALK TO. FIND OUT WHAT YOUR KIDS KNOW...BUT STAY RELAXED. IT'S OKAY THEY SEE YOU AS EMOTIONAL, BUT DON'T OVERWHELM THEM WITH YOUR FEELINGS...THAT CAN RAISE THEIR ANXIETY. ///TALK ABOUT THE FACTS, BUT NOT TOO MANY DETAILS TOO MUCH INFORMATION CAN OVERPOWER THEM EMOTIONALLY. /// REINFORCE THEIR OWN SAFETY REMINDING THEM THAT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS ARE STILL VERY RARE... REASSURE THEM WITH BOTH WORDS AND HUGS... ///MINIMIZE THEIR MEDIA EXPOSURE IT CAN INCREASE THEIR ANXIETY... AND FOR KIDS IT'S LIKE RELIVING THE EVENT OVER AND OVER AGAIN /// AND FINALLY...TAKE EXTRA TIME, BE PATIENT WITH YOUR KIDS KIDS CAN EXPRESS THEMSELVES DIFFERENTLY THAN ADULTS. "When they're worried or when they may be feeling depressed, it may look like they are being irritable or they may be grumpy or maybe they're not listening as much as they normally do. So when we need to patient with them we need to understand that may be their way of expressing their concern," said Jan Isaacs Henry, Ex. Dir. KidPower of Colorado. SHE ADDS SOMETIMES KIDS CAN'T EXPRESS THEIR FEELINGS WITH WORDS. SO PERHAPS TRY ASKING THEM TO DRAW A PICTURE. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO TALK TO YOUR KIDS VISIT THE KIDPOWER'S WEBSITE: http://www.kidpowercs.org.
Posted: 12/14/2012 - ManTherapy.org is designed to help men deal with issues like depression, anxiety, anger and suicidal thoughts. But it also can be a valuable resource for their friends or loved ones. If you’re here because you’re worried about a man in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Part of a multi-agency effort, including the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention, Carson J Spencer Foundation and Cactus, Man Therapy™ is giving men a resource they desperately need. A resource to help them with any problem that life sends their way, something to set them straight on the realities of suicide and mental health, and in the end, a tool to help put a stop to the suicide deaths of so many of our men.
Posted: 12/14/2012 - The members of Wilson United Methodist Church have been working to help their neighbors in Mountain Shadows who lost their homes in the Waldo Canyon Fire. You can help too! For a $10 donation, you can order a "Season of Hope" ornament for your tree. 100% of the proceeds will go to the church's Waldo Canyon Fire Fund, which assists with fire/flood mitigation and rebuilding the neighborhood. Contact the church to order your ornament. (719) 598-0407
Updated: 12/12/2012 - Health officials are encouraging everyone to protect themselves from influenza by getting the flu vaccine. To learn more about the vaccine, learn the truth about flu myths, or find an upcoming clinic near you visit the El Paso County Health Department's website: http://www.elpasocountyhealth.org Below is a link to the Center for Disease Control and Preventions website with information about the flu vaccine recommendations. When you scroll down to the second page it addresses Influenza Vaccination of Persons with a History of Egg Allergy. Also, below in this email is a chart to guide individuals with egg allergies (slight and severe) on getting the influenza vaccine http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6132a3.htm FDA Approves Egg-Free Flu Vaccine for Adults The FDA has approved a new influenza vaccine (marketed as Flucelvax) for adults 18 and older. Flucelvax is the first in the U.S. to be produced using cultured mammalian cells instead of fertilized chicken eggs, and according to the manufacturer, can be made much more quickly than traditional influenza vaccines, which can take months. In a randomized study of adults aged 18 to 49, Flucelvax was 83.8% effective in preventing influenza compared with placebo. In adults 49 and older, Flucelvax was comparable to the egg-based vaccine Agriflu. Side effects were similar to those seen with other flu vaccines and included fatigue, headache, and pain at the injection site.
Posted: 12/12/2012 - There will be a flu shot clinic December 18th in Pueblo West. Parkview Medical Center is hosting the clinic. It will be at the Pueblo West ER on 899 E. Industrial Blvd. Vaccines will be available for for everyone 18 years or older between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $20. For more information, call 584-7319.
Posted: 12/11/2012 - A medical benefit fund has been set up for two and a half year old Trystin Olive who was severely burned during an explosion at his dad's house in Colorado Springs. The family is asking for prayers and any support the community can offer during this hard time. To learn more or to donate visit: http://www.gofundme.com/TRYSTIN
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Posted: 12/06/2012 - Public Health Officials in Pueblo announced the first hospitalized case of influenza in Pueblo County. The first hospitalized flu case is a middle-aged adult female.County Public Health recommends everyone over six months of age receive a flu shot, especially people who are at high risk of developing flu-related complications or live with or care for people at high risk. Vaccination against flu helps protect yourself and the most vulnerable people in the community (such as newborns, pregnant women, the elderly, and those going through chemotherapy). Some children younger than nine years of age will need two doses, check with your provider.
Posted: 12/05/2012 - The Colorado Safe Haven Law allows a parent to hand over and infant, up to 72 hours old, to an employee at any Fire Station or Hospital, with absolutely NO QUESTIONS ASKED. So long as the baby is unharmed, the parent will not be prosecuted for abandonment. The law was passed in the year 2000. In Colorado, 35 babies have been safely relinquished since the inception of the law.