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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 drowning.

* 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, self-latching gates.

* 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 of age.

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.

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