Flu Vaccinations: Resources for Teachers and Parents

Every year hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are affected by the flu. The first month of 2013 has already seen severe outbreaks across the country. Many strains of the virus can be prevented through vaccination. However, because schools do not require flu shots, parents must decide if they will have their children vaccinated, or not. For many parents, the toughest decision is not whether to give their child the flu shot, but how to stop them from screaming, crying or having a meltdown at the doctor’s office.

Parents and teachers can find excellent resources from pbs.org and other educational media outlets, such as The Fred Rogers Company, that offer suggestions on how to prepare children for a visit to the doctor.

There is an entire Sid the Science Kid™ episode (Getting a Shot: You Can Do It) dedicated to informing youngsters about the importance of getting a flu shot, as well as printable activities and an online game to go with the show.

The Fred Rogers Company website offers a Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood™ video that deals with getting a shot, as well as discussion and activity suggestions for parents and teachers to utilize at home and in the classroom.

Additional links: The Fred Rogers Company, parent resources: http://www.fci.org/madfeelings/1-15-10.html; Information about preventing the flu: http://www.flu.gov/

One-hour Special Dinosaur Train “Submarine Adventure” Premiering Monday, February 18

Dinosaur Train submarine imageDinosaur Train Submarine Adventure
One-hour Special
Monday, February 18 at 9 am ET

Dive into an underwater adventure in the all-new, one-hour special Dinosaur Train “Submarine Adventure” premiering Monday, February 18.

When Buddy and his family want to follow some friends on an undersea fishing trip, the conductor unveils a new invention – the Dinosaur Train Submarine! On its maiden voyage, Otto Ophthalmosaurus guides the sub deep into the ocean using his big eyes that can see in the dark. Then, the family meets Shoshana Shonisaurus, an enormous marine reptile that’s something between a dolphin and a whale, and Maisie Mosasaurus, a huge fast swimming  lizard with flippers. Finally, the family watches small eggs hatch on the beach. Baby Archelon turtles emerge and start to swim away. The family follows them on their journey across the ocean where they will grow up to be giant-sized sea turtles!