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November 2013 | Vol.7 - No. 3
Getting through cold and flu season can be pretty difficult when everyone in the family comes down with a bad case of the aches and sniffles. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can start doing right now to reduce the chances of the influenza virus or the common cold taking hold in your house, especially if any of your loved ones are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu.
 
In this issue, we’re bringing you timely info about the seasonal flu vaccine and where to get your child vaccinated. We’re also helping you brush up on hand hygiene and other smart habits that can help lower the risk of you or your family members picking up unwanted colds and viruses.
 
Until next time, happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Brain surgery saves six-year-old from countless daily seizures
When you’re faced with a difficult challenge, you can either become bitter or better. It’s a thought that often crosses Nathalie Richard’s mind. Luckily for her and her family, she has always chosen the latter. [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
Where does a fever come from? [+]
Hand-washing 101: are you doing it right? [+]
The flu…it's coming! [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
Is it moodiness or is it depression? Recognizing signs of depression in children and teens  [+]
Easing a child’s fears and anxieties about medical procedures [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: I’ve heard that I shouldn’t give my child cough and cold medications when they’re feeling sick. Is this true? 
A: The answer is yes, although guidelines vary depending on your child’s age. While over-the-counter cough and cold medications such as cough syrups, decongestants and antihistamines have been widely available in Canada for years, Health Canada does not recommend giving these products to children under the age of six. [+]
Do you have a question of a general nature that you'd like to ask our specialist? If your question is selected, the answer will be published in the next edition of the newsletter. EMAIL US!
True or False?
Is it true that the flu vaccine is unnecessary, or that it can actually cause the flu?

False. Flu shots can't cause the flu, but this is perhaps the most persistent of the myths about the flu vaccine. All influenza vaccines contain a dead virus in order to build up immunity to the illness. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
An interactive Holiday tree
Place Montreal Trust unveiled its new, interactive Holiday tree on November 8. The event will last for 20 days, and will benefit The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In fact, the more you interact, the more money they will donate – up to $1000 per day ($1 for every game played at the iPad stations between November 8th and November 28th). [+]
MCH NEWS
Pediatric surgeon develops free app for first-time surgery patients [+]
Turning Frowns Upside Down for The Children's [+]
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Auxiliary 2013 holiday card campaign [+]
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