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November 2014 | Vol. 8 - No. 3
November is here and that means flu season is coming. It doesn’t have to come to your house though, if you know how to protect you and your family. Everywhere you go right now, there are ads, posters, and signs about getting the flu vaccine. There’s a good reason for it – combined with regular hand-washing the flu vaccine is your best bet against developing the seasonal flu. Read our Ask the Expert column in this issue to find out why. 

We’ve also got advice this month on how to help your kids be smart about social media, and a compelling story about 17-year-old Raphaella and her life-saving treatment from our critical care team. 

Happy reading!
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
A new awakening
A young woman’s resilient recovery from a life-threatening illness [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
Cold & flu: tips on prevention [+]
Keeping stomach flu at a healthy distance [+]
Where does a fever come from? [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
Understanding self-injury [+]
Teaching kids to be smart about social media [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Q: It seems like every year there’s a new strain of flu circulating. How does this happen and is it a cause for concern?
A: It’s a common misconception that a new strain of flu develops every year. The fact is there are already over 60 known flu viruses that have been identified and the predominance of one or any of them changes from year to year. [+]
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?
As a healthy adult, I don’t need to get a flu shot – the flu vaccine is only for babies and elderly people.

False. The seasonal flu shot should definitely be given to babies aged 6 to 23 months and to elderly people but these are not the only groups who should get the vaccine. Any adult 18 and up—especially those people who work in a hospital, long-term care home, daycare or school—should get a flu shot every year. Parents and siblings of at-risk children—that is, babies less than 6 months old, and children and adolescents with chronic diseases—should receive the flu vaccine. In addition, children between the ages of 2 and 18 who have chronic illnesses should also be vaccinated against the flu. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
Rock The Cause
Rock band MELTING POINT have announced they will be supporting this year's fourth annual beefit show Rock The Cause on November 29th at Le Pionnier with proceeds donated to The Montreal Children's Hospital. [+]
MCH NEWS
Seasonal flu vaccination clinic for patients and families [+]
Understanding Ebola: a tweet chat with our Dr. Caroline Quach, Infectious Disease Specialist [+]
The Montreal Children’s Hospital Auxiliary 2014 Holiday Card Campaign [+]
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