Avoiding Heat Stroke

• Wear light-colored, lighweight, loose fitting clothing.
Dark and/or restrictive clothing traps heat making it difficult for your body to regulate its temperature. Bring a sweater if you’ll be indoors with heavy air conditioning so you don’t get too cold.

• Avoid sunburn.
Sunburns make it difficult for your body to get rid of heat, wear sunscreen even if you do not think you’ll be outside for very long. It only takes a few minutes to get a sunburn. Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to better protect your face and eyes.

• Seek a cooler place.
Even a few hours in air conditioning can stave off heat exhaustion. If you don’t have a/c where you live go to a public library or community center to cool off. This is especially important for the very young and very old. Check on any neighbors, friends, relatives without a/c who is elderly or has mobility issues and make sure they can access a place to cool off. Many municipalities offer free rides and places for people to cool off during the day.

• Drink plenty of fluids.
Staying hydrated is important, but even more so during a heat wave. Make sure you drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages which dehydrate you faster.

• Avoid hot spots.
On a hot day, the temperature in your parked car can rise 20 F (11 C) in just 10 minutes. Let your car cool off before you drive it. Never leave children or anyone else in a parked car in hot weather for any period of time!!!!

• Avoid exercise during the hottest part of the day
It’s best not to exercise or do any strenuous activity in hot weather, but if you must, follow the same precautions and rest frequently in a cool spot. Taking breaks and replenishing your fluids during that time will help your body regulate your temperature.

Why We Vaccinate

Summer is half over and back to school is around the corner and it is time to think about vaccines. Last month the first measles related death in the US since 2003 has been recorded. While almost every doctor will tell you vaccines are a vital part of your child’s health, there is a small but vocal minority who want you to believe that vaccines are unsafe. This is just not true.

Here is a great infographic that explains why vaccines are so important.