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    December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month 

    Safe Toys and Gifts Month - girl and boy playing with toys

    In the United States, emergency rooms treated 251,800 toy-related injuries, according to the report issued last year from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. And, 44 percent of the injuries were to the head and face area, the area of the body with the most injuries. An estimated 84,400 of all toy-related injuries, or 34 percent, happened to children younger than 5 years of age.

    Our friends at Prevent Blindness offers consumers tips on how to purchase safe toys and gifts for children.
     

    Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day, held on December 1 each year, 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. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Since the virus was first identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

    TCPH's Adult Health Services provides information, testing and referral for individuals who wish to be tested for AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Our Preventive Medicine Clinic offers ongoing evaluation and treatment of individuals diagnosed with AIDS and HIV.

    To learn more about World AIDS Day, visit worldaidsday.org.
     

    Dec. 4 - 10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

    National Influenza Vaccination Week

    The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. People of every age, including people in good health, are at risk of flu. Influenza can cause illness and sometimes severe disease in people at any age. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established National Influenza Vaccine Week in 2005 to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccinations throughout the holiday season and beyond.

    Tarrant County Public Health is currently providing low-cost flu shots at all of our Public Health Centers.

    For more on National Influenza Vaccination Week, visit this CDC web page.

    Dec. 4 - 10 is also National Handwashing Awareness Week 

    Hand shaped word cloud

    Perhaps one of the best ways to avoid getting sick is to develop the habit of washing one's hands properly and regularly. Our hands pick and and carry lots of germs each day, which can get into our bodies whenever we touch our eyes, nose or mouth and cause respiratory and many gastro-intestinal infections.

    TCPH has prepared this brochure regarding proper handwashing.

    More on handwashing, along with kid-friendly videos, can be found at the Henry the Hand website.