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  • COVID-19 vaccine and children

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    COVID-19 vaccine and children

    On May 10, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech for use of the COVID-19 vaccine in ages 12-15. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was already approved for emergency use in ages 16 and up, and on August 23, 2021, it was granted full FDA approval in ages 16 and older.

  • Breakthrough COVID-19 cases: What parents should know

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    Breakthrough COVID-19 cases: What parents should know

    COVID‑19 vaccines sent a collective sigh of relief across the country. Even if you have children too young for the vaccine, you likely felt safer about returning to some level of normal activity and life after you got vaccinated. But a new surge of COVID‑19 infections due to the Delta variant has resulted in some fully vaccinated people testing positive for COVID‑19 (called a "breakthrough" infection). That wave of new infections has also left many parents wondering how to keep their children safe.

  • Bullying at school: Signs your child is being bullied

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    Bullying at school: Signs your child is being bullied

    According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-age children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

  • SIDS and keeping your baby safe

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    SIDS and keeping your baby safe

    If you're a new parent or a parent-to-be, you’re likely aware of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). SIDS is the unexplained death of an infant less than 1 year of age, and while the causes may be unknown, there are steps you can take to reduce your baby's risk.

  • Common football injuries and how to prevent them

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    Common football injuries and how to prevent them

    Football season is a favorite time of year for many – especially across Texas. As excitement builds for Friday night lights, it's important that players, parents and coaches work together to avoid common football injuries and stay healthy throughout the season.

  • How the flu shot works and why kids need one

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    How the flu shot works and why kids need one

    The best offense during a tough flu season is a good defense. You can defend your family from the flu by ensuring everyone in your household gets a flu shot every year.

  • Helping teens deal with peer pressure

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    Helping teens deal with peer pressure

    From the beginning, parents work to teach their children how to make healthy decisions. But as children age, parents' influence decreases and the opinion of peers becomes more and more important. Social pressure can affect a wide range of thoughts, actions and behaviors, from academic performance to substance use to mental health.

  • COVID-19: When to take your child to the ER

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    COVID-19: When to take your child to the ER

    Due to the highly contagious Delta variant, there has been a surge in positive COVID-19 cases across the country. This increased spread of COVID-19 has affected children as well as emergency rooms.

  • What to know for the 2021-2022 flu season

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    What to know for the 2021-2022 flu season

    As the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives in 2020, wearing masks and social distancing became the norm. And while these measures played an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19, they also helped limit the spread of other germs and viruses, including the flu.

  • What to do if your child is exposed to COVID-19

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    What to do if your child is exposed to COVID-19

    As COVID-19 continues to spread, it's important to take precautions to reduce your family's risk of infection. The best way to keep your family safe is taking preventive measures such as getting the COVID-19 vaccine if eligible, wearing a mask (if over age 2) and regularly washing hands.

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