Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, July 28, 1999
Garage sale planned
Pecos High School Student Council members will be having a "garage sale,"
Saturday, Aug. 7.
If anyone would like to donate items to help the students out, contact
Karen Waters at 445-2858.
Precaution needed with children, water
Thousands of children down annually, and 80 to 95 percent of these deaths
occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
"The most important preventive measure is designating an adult to watch
the children in the water," said Dr. Joan Shook a pediatric emergeny-room
physician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "A child's ability
to swim is often not enough if he or she gets into trouble in the water."
For good water safety, Shook makes the following suggestions:
* Remove a tired or chilled child from the water immediately.
* Never rely on blow-up toys or other inflatable devices to prevent
* Keep non-water toys away from the pool; they can be distracting or
cause a child to fall in the water.
* Be sure pools have fences at least five feet high and have self-closing,
* Learn CPR. Survival rates rise significantly if CPR is started immediately.
Chickenpox shot wise decision
Immunizing a child with the chickenpox, or varicella, vaccine is a wise
decision, said Dr. Jan Drutz, an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor
College of Medicine.
"Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease, and today we're seeing significant
secondary infections," he said.
Some school districts require the vaccine, but many do not. The American
Academy of Pediatrics recommends the vaccine for children ovre 12 months
In addition to the health benefits, Drutz said the vaccine also cuts
down on absenteeism.
"Parents lose a lot of work time to stay home and care for the child.
And, of course, the child misses at least several days of school," he said.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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