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    December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Did you know many children in the United States go to emergency rooms every year due to injuries from unsafe toys, such as toys with strings, cords, small parts, sharp points, electrical parts and mothers. The safer toys are sturdy, unbreakable, washable, lightweight and made of non-toxic materials.

    Here's a checklist to help determine which toys are safe.

    Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day, Dec 1

    World AIDS Day is held on the first day of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

    Tarrant County Public Health's Adult Health Services offers testing for HIV as well as other sexually-transmitted diseases. Our Preventive Medicine Clinic specifically served individuals who have been diagnosed as HIV positive.

    Here's more about World AIDS Day.
     

    Dec. 6-12 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

    National Influenza Vaccination Week

    The flu season is upon us and, for the next few months, everyone six months and older is at risk. Vaccination is especially important for protecting those at high risk for serious flu complications, including:

    • young children
    • pregnant women
    • adults 65 years and older
    • and anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

    Tarrant County Public Health provides low-cost flu shots at several locations in the county.

    For more information about seasonal flu, visit this U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page.

    Dec. 7 - 11 is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

    Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

    With increasing age comes changes in physical, mental and sensory abilities that can challenge a person's continued ability to drive safely. But there are a variety of safe travel options for people of all ages. Occupational therapy practitioners work with older adults as well as their families and caregivers to help identify unique challenged and find strategies that can help them keep active, healthy and safe in their communities.

    Additional information is available at this American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website.