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Posted: May 21, 2019

Drowning Prevention & Pool Safety Must-haves

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Drowning is the leading cause of death (after birth defects) among children ages 1 to 4, and most happen in home pools. But what can we do to help prevent drownings? Here are some tips that go beyond swim lessons and “pool rules.”

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Posted: May 16, 2019

Hurricane Season Tips for Pregnant Women

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Pregnant? Be ready for severe weather this hurricane season with this checklist + tips from an SMH expert!

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Posted: May 14, 2019

Measles & MMR Vaccination ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Measles cases continue to rise in the U.S., and with the summer travel season approaching — and along with it, heightened risk of getting or passing on the measles — SMH Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Sarasota Memorial Infection Prevention and Control Department Medical Director Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers to some frequently asked questions about the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Posted: May 7, 2019

Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Do your summer plans include boating, barbecues or fireworks? Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2019

HPV Vaccine ~ What Parents Need to Know

With First Physicians Group Pediatrician Jose Tavarez, MD

We spoke with pediatrician Dr. Jose Tavarez to get some answers about the HPV vaccine, who needs it and why. Although the US has offered human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations since 2006, misconceptions and misinformation persist. Check out Dr. Tavarez's Q&A to get the facts.

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