Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Orchard Park Elementary Celebrates Safe Kids Walk This Way

Today over 200 children from Orchard Park Elementary School in Kettering participated in International Walk to School Day and celebrated Safe Kids Walk This Way. City of Kettering and Kettering School Board dignitaries along with the PTO, Kettering Safety Section and FedEx volunteers greeted children with a Hawaiian leis, stickers and other goodies as they arrived at school. Here are some pictures from the event!

Safety patrol students sign our traveling Walk This Way banner

Brian Nicely, from FedEx, talks to the safety patrol of pedestrian safety

The Safety Patrol and FedEx volunteers

 Kids all walking safely - using the crosswalk!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 7, is International Walk to School Day - a day to celebrate the importance of walking. Dayton Children's and Safe Kids Greater Dayton are supporting Safe Kids Walk This Way events - programs held in conjunction with International Walk to School Day, that focus on children being safe pedestrians. 

Safe Kids Greater Dayton and Dayton Children's are pleased to announce the following schools and organizations that will be participating in Safe Kids Walk This Way 2009:
  • Adventure Central, Dayton
  • Cleveland Neighborhood School Center, Dayton
  • Council on Rural Services Head Start, Troy
  • Edison PreK-8, Neighborhood School Center, Dayton
  • Fairview PreK-7, Neighborhood School Center, Dayton
  • Harmon Elementary School, Oakwood
  • Kiser PreK-8,Neighborhood School Center, Dayton
  • Miami County School Districts, Troy
  • Milton-Union Elementary School, West Milton
  • Milton-Union Middle School, West Milton
  • Orchard Park Elementary, Kettering
  • Versailles Elementary School, Versailles
 Check back on Wednesday  afternoon when we post photos from our Walk This Way events!

FAQs about the Flu

Our phones are ringing off the hook about the seasonal and H1N1 flu.  Here are some of the frequently asked questions we've been getting.  Please share with your friends and family.

Q. What are the common symptom of the H1N1 flu?
A. H1N1 flu symptoms are similar to those of the season flu. They include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills and fatigue
  • Sometimes vomiting and diarrhea
Young children may not have typical symptoms, but may have trouble breathing or not be as active as usual. Children younger than 5 years are more likely to have serious illness than older children. Flu infections can be severe in children with a chronic medical condition.

Q. What is Dayton Children's current visitation policy?
A. We are closely watching the seasonal flu and H1N1 (swine flu) and taking steps to protect our staff and parents and families of patients, while operating as normal. These are the temporary changes that have been made to our inpatient visition policy:

  • Visitation is limited to only parents, grandparents and legal guardians.
  • Limited visits by siblings or others for special circumstances may be arranged in advance with the nursing staff.
  • No more than two visitors per patient should be in a patient’s room at any time.
  • In general, for the inpatient units, only children being treated at Dayton Children’s should be brought into the facility.
  • ALL visitors should be healthy - free from fever, cough or colds or stomach virus symptoms. Any visitor with signs of illness should not visit.
While we understand this may cause some families an inconvenience, this is necessary to prevent the spread of illness. We will continue to watch the situation daily and communicate new information or changes. We appreciate everyone's patience and cooperation in doing what's best for our patients and staff.

Q.  Where can I go to get my child vaccinated for the seasonal flu?
A.  Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County has the seasonal flu vaccine and is holding clinics. Contact the Immunization Clinic at 225-4550. Visit here for a complete listing of upcoming clinics. If you live in Warren County, the Warren County Health Department also has the seasonal flu vaccine.