Nurse Mary Beth and Sunburn

29 05 2007

Nurse Mary Beth talks about prevention and treatment of sunburn – something that’s not as obvious as we think!

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Amy Pisani of Every Child By Two (ECBT)

23 05 2007

Listen in as Amy Pisani talks about the beginnings of the national immunization program and Every Child By Two.

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Interview with Candie Benn of the NMA

22 05 2007

Candie Benn of the National Meningitis Association discusses NMA’s beginnings, why vaccination is so important and how she became involved with the nonprofit. 

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National Meningitis Association

11 05 2007

We recently asked the National Meningitis Association to share a bit about themselves, as we think their work is important.  So, in their own words:

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents whose children have died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease.  Our goal is to educate other families about meningococcal disease and prevention in an effort to save them from experiencing the same tragedy our families have endured.

NMA recently developed an educational video called “Getting It: A Disease…A Vaccine”, which is narrated by actress Glenn Close and designed to educate parents and school communities about the risks of meningococcal disease for adolescents and young adults and the importance of prevention.  The video features families and individuals personally affected by meningococcal disease discussing how the disease has impacted their lives.

To accompany the video, NMA developed a corresponding resource guide, which includes suggested lesson plans and materials for parents and students, designed to help educators utilize the video within the classroom and initiate discussions on the disease.
The educational video, which received a 2007 Bronze Telly Award, was written and produced by Emmy-award winner and NMA advisory board member Doug Myers.  Nancy Snyderman, MD, NBC Today Show chief medical correspondent and NMA advisory board member, provided medical commentary for the video.

NMA would like to ensure parents, adolescents and young adults are educated about the risks of meningococcal disease and the importance of prevention so they can make informed decisions about immunization.

We invite you to learn more about meningococcal disease, the CDC immunization recommendations, NMA and the “Getting It: A Disease…A Vaccine” educator kit. Please visit our Web site at


8 05 2007

Nurse Mary Beth explains the benefits of fevers, when to medicate a child with a fever, and the various medications and thermometers available. For more information, visit

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Families Fighting Flu

1 05 2007

My name is Denise Palmer. I am now a member of an organization called Families Fighting Flu, Inc., which is a non-profit organization made up of families like mine who have lost a child to influenza, or what most people call the flu.

The families are working together to make sure each mom and dad in America knows how important it is to get their children immunized against influenza. If your child isn’t old enough to be immunized (under 6 months of age), please make sure those around him or her are immunized.

This is the story of my daughter, Breanne, and of Angie Yaksich’s daughter, Alana. We’ve chosen to share our stories with you so that you do not some day share our grief.

Breanne’s Story:
I never thought that I could lose my child to influenza – until it happened to me.
In early December, 2003, I took our 15-month-old daughter, Breanne, to the doctor for her well-check appointment. Her pediatrician suspected that she had an ear infection and chose not to vaccinate her against influenza. We never had another opportunity to protect her from the flu.

Breanne’s first flu symptom was a slight fever; the following morning her temperature reached 101.5° F. We took her to a pediatrician (we were currently out of town so this was not the same pediatrician she’d seen previously) who diagnosed her with influenza. She prescribed antibiotics and sent us home. Breanne took a long nap that afternoon and her temperature came down. When she went to bed that night her temperature was almost normal. However, we checked on her before we went to bed and her temperature had reached 105.5° F. We put her in a bath to help bring her fever down, but she started to have trouble breathing so we called 911.

At the hospital, Breanne’s temperature reached 107° F. After several hours, the doctors were able to bring her fever down and transferred her to another hospital for more intensive care. She was put on life support because she was unable to breathe on her own as the virus attacked her body. She was then transferred to another hospital because the doctors wanted to place her on a special life support machine. But, by the time we reached that hospital, the virus had done so much damage to her brain and heart that even if they had put her on the machine, it could not have saved her life. Breanne died in my arms on December 23, 2003.

Alana’s Story:
During the last week of January, 2003, my daughter, Alana, came down with strep throat and was being treated with antibiotics. A day after finishing her course of antibiotics she developed a low-grade fever and was tired, but overall was in good spirits. Her fever was 100° F so we gave her medication early in the evening. She ate pizza and sundaes, played video games, watched movies, and went to bed. Later that evening Alana vomited. Her fever had risen to 104° F; she was shaking and became unresponsive. We called 911 and she was rushed to the hospital. Within 24 hours of her arrival at the hospital, Alana died of flu-related complications that caused swelling and injury to her brain.

We miss our baby girl every second of every day. We just hope another family never has to experience losing a child to the flu.

For more information about Families Fighting Flu and ways to help protect your child from influenza, please visit

Listen PKIDs’ podcast with Joe Lastinger of Families Fighting Flu