Reduce your chance of infection from vector borne illness by doing the following:
- Apply an approved mosquito repellent to exposed skin and clothing.
- Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
- Wear light coloured, tightly woven clothing - mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours and can still bite through thin clothing.
- Avoid wearing scented perfumes, deodorants and personal products.
- Avoid the hours between dusk and dawn - periods when mosquitoes are most active.
- Make sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition.
- Protecting yourself when travelling to locations where serious mosquito borne diseases may be common.
Eliminate standing water sites around your home
Sometimes getting the family around the table at dinner time can be difficult. Working late, driving from the daycare to the soccer field to band practice - sound familiar? However, there are some benefits worthy of finding time to sit down and eat as a family.
Studies (See below) have shown that eating as a family has a positive influence on eating habits for children and adolescents. Meals eaten as a family are usually more balanced and less likely to include fried foods, sweets, salty snacks and pop.
For busy families, even if you have little time for food preparation, here are a few fun ways to eat together:
Fact - Vaccination, specifically the ingredient thimerosal, does not cause autism. Countless medical studies have concluded that there is no connection between thimerosal and autism.
The amount of thimerosal used in the influenza vaccine is very small and has not been shown to cause harm. In Canada, the only vaccine containing thimerosal that young children currently receive is for influenza. For more information about vaccine safety, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.