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Health Myths and Facts October 2016

Health Myths and Facts - October 2016
  • Myth: Most bullying is physical (involves hitting, shoving, kicking).
  • Fact: NO!
    Physical bullying may be what first comes to mind when adults think about bullying. However, the most common form of bullying—both for boys and girls—is verbal bullying (e.g., name-calling). It is also common for youth to bully each other through social bullying (e.g., leaving a child out on purpose, rumor-spreading) and even using social media.
  • Source:
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Week of October 26, 2016 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

  • Myth: Shots, vaccines, immunizations, and medicines cause SIDS.
  • Facts: No!
    Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death or crib death, is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age. It requires that the death remains unexplained even after a thorough autopsy and detailed death scene investigation. SIDS usually occurs during sleep. Typically death occurs between the hours of 00:00 and 09:00.

    Recent evidence suggests that shots for vaccines may have a protective effect against SIDS. All babies should see their health care providers regularly for well-baby checkups and should get their shots on time as recommended by their health care provider.

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  • Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services