Free Flu Clinics for Arkansas

Mass Flu Clinics and School Flu Clinics for Arkansas have been posted.

A Mass Flu Clinic is a day-long event during which the community comes together to immunize as many people as possible. Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) staff, health professionals and volunteers work as a team to provide vaccine. Some clinics offer “drive-thrus” – you don’t even leave your car.

Craighead County, your mass flu clinic is Wednesday, October 30th from 8am to 5pm at St. Bernards Auditorium.

For a list of all Northeast Arkansas’ Mass Flu Clinics, click here. For a list of all Northeast Arkansas’ School Flu Clinics, click here.

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2013 Flu Clinic for The Children’s Clinic

The Children’s Clinic is currently scheduling appointments for their flu clinics. You can call our office at 870-935-6012.

We are not providers for the VFC program, which means our ARKIDS or Arkansas Medicaid patients will need to contact their local health unit.

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Guided Access (Kid’s Mode) for iPhones, iPads, and iPods

Kid’s mode, or guided access, locks your device into one app and disables the home button, on/off button, and volume button. Guided access gives you the piece of mind when your little one is using your IOS device.

To use guided access:

Tap Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. From here you can:

  • Turn Guided Access on or off
  • Set a passcode that controls the use of Guided Access and prevents someone from leaving an active session
  • Set whether the device can go to sleep during a session

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To Start a Guided Access Session

  • Open the app you want to run.
  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Adjust settings for the session, then click Start

To Disable app controls and areas of the app screen

  • Circle any part of the screen you want to disable.
  • Use the handles to adjust the area.

End a Guided Access session

  • Triple-click the Home button.
  • Enter the Guided Access passcode.

[note title=”More Information”]You can read more about protecting your IOS devices and ask questions by visiting their support center.[/note]

Back to School – The Wellness Checkup

It is that time again that every parent’s wallet fears… back to school. The school supplies have been purchased. Your kids will be dressed and the newest, trendiest cloths and shoes. The backpack that voices your child’s personality has been chosen. But did you remember to add immunizations, vision & hearing tests, and physicals? Many schools will not enroll children without an immunization record and proof of a recent wellness checkup that includes hearing and vision tests.

Immunizations

To view recommended vaccinations from the CDC and read what each vaccine is, visit our immunizations page on our website.. If you need a copy of your child’s immunizations records, you can contact your local health department or we would gladly provide this for you.

Vision & Hearing

Kids who cannot see or hear well cannot perform as well in school. It is estimated that one out of every 20 children cannot see fully out of at least one of their eyes. Some of the more serious eye diseases like amblyopia (lazy eye) or strabismus (crossed eyes) are correctable with eye patches or surgery if caught early. Once a child is seven or eight years old, the opportunity to correct the problem may have been lost, resulting in permanent vision problems.

Children with hearing loss who begin early intervention earlier have significantly better developmental outcomes than similar children who begin intervention later. Those children are able to progress at age-appropriate rates. Left undetected, mild or unilateral hearing loss can result in delayed speech and language acquisition, social-emotional or behavioral problems, and lags in academic achievement.

Wellness Visit

During your wellness visit at The Children’s Clinic, we will monitor your child’s physical growth, developmental activities, hearing & vision, review immunization records, and review safety and nutritional milestones.

Also, getting a physical examination for your young athlete is very important to address sports-specific issues, including injuries, nutrition, training and exercise programs, and even attitudes, peer pressure and feelings.

If your child needs a wellness visit before school starts, call us at 870-935-6012 to schedule their visit today.

Goodnight iPad

Goodnight iPad, written by Ann Droyd, is a parody of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon that was published in 1947.

Book Overview

Modern life is abuzz. There are huge LCD WiFi HD TVs and Facebook requests and thumbs tapping texts and new viral clips of cats doing flips. Wouldn’t it be nice to say goodnight to all that? Like the rest of us who cannot resist just a few more scrolls and clicks, you may find yourself ready for bed while still clinging to your electronics long after dark. This book, which is made of paper, is a reminder for the child in all of us to power down at the end of the day. This hilarious parody not only pokes loving fun at the bygone quiet of the original classic, but also at our modern plugged-in lives. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you put yourself and your machines to sleep. Don’t worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning.

Goodnight iPad was published by Penguin Group Incorporated in 2011.

You can pick-up a copy of Goodnight iPad from the following locations:

Follow us on Pinterest

The Children’s Clinic is now pinning on Pinterest. Please follow us to view our boards ranging from Healthy Kids, to Brain Power, to DIY fun!

If you find a pin you want to share with other parents, send it our way for us to repin!

We look forward to connecting and sharing with you on Pinterest.

Memento 009 Trial

Meningococcal (men-in-juh-COC-cal) disease, also called meningitis (men-in-JAI-tis) is a serious illness that causes the tissues that surround the brain and spinal cord to swell and become inflamed.

Meningococcal disease is caused by a certain type of bacteria that can make young people (10-25 years of age) very sick. Meningococcal disease can be spread through kissing, sharing the same water bottle or cup, coughing, or sneezing. Symptoms of meningococcal disease include a high fever, chills, lethargy, and a rash.

Our office is part of a clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine for MnB in adolescents ages 10 to 18 years old.

The goal of this trial is to help doctors to understand if the investigational vaccine for MnB works the same every time a batch of vaccine is made and to compare those results with adolescents who did not receive the investigational vaccine for MnB.

For more information, please contact our research department.

FluView National Flu Activity Map

The FluView National Flu Activity Map is a complementary widget to the state-by-state flu map widget introduced in the 2007-2008 flu season. This interactive map allows users to see the most recent seasonal influenza activity map for the entire country as well as the activity levels from previous weeks in the current flu season.


KidsDoc Symptom Checker

The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is a graphical drawing of a child that allows you to hover over the portion of the body where your child is experiencing symptoms. You then click on the section to display a list of symptoms and select the symptom from the list. There is also a complete A-Z list of symptoms.

[info]HealthyChildren.org – Symptom Checker.[/info]

Why are children at higher risk for getting the flu?

Children are more likely to get the flu or have flu-related complications because their immune systems are still developing. A recent CDC study shows that treating children with the flu can be costly. Each year in the U.S. an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized for flu-related complications. During the 2011-12 flu season, 26 deaths in children were reported to CDC. Severe flu-related complications are most common in children younger than 2. Young children, 6 months to 5 years, are at risk of febrile seizures. Children with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes have an extremely high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.

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