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Spring is in full bloom! The trees and flowers are blossoming and lawnmowers are buzzing over fresh cut grass. After months of being cooped up, kids are enjoying the outdoors.

Along with that comes the sniffles, sneezes and itchy, watery eyes. Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic childhood diseases. Asthma affects nearly four million American children, while allergies affect about 40 million. It's important for parents to identify what allergens or irritants trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Allergens can include pollen, dust mites, mold, pet dander, or food. Irritants can include tobacco smoke, room deodorizers, cleaning products, or candles. Asthma attacks can even be caused by exercise, infections, or emotions like being anxious or scared. If not controlled, allergies and asthma can cause children to miss school, lower their progress, and not be involved in sports or other extra curricular activities. It's important children get their allergy or asthma triggers under control so they can lead productive lives.

Here are a variety of resources to help children of all ages manage their symptoms.


American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

American Academy of Pediatrics

Infants and Mothers
by T. Berry Brazelton

The Nursing Mothers Companion
by Kathleen Huggins

Toddlers and Parents
by T. Berry Brazelton

Breastfeeding Your Baby
by Sheila Kitzinger

Working and Caring
by T. Berry Brazelton

Your Child's Health
by Barton D. Schmitt

Vaccine Information

Our goal is to provide you with accurate information about vaccines so that you can make informed choices for your child.


You will find information about vaccines your infant to pre school aged child should receive and the diseases these vaccines protect against.

We have also included information on vaccines your pre teen and teen aged child should receive.

Reliable Resources

You will find books, websites and literature available about vaccines.

Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Safety

Information on the safety of available vaccines

Vaccine Information Statements

Information on the risks and benefits of each vaccine are explained on these statements. These are available in a large number of languages.

Care after Immunizations

Tips for parents and care givers to soothe their child after "the shots" Please visit our Patient Education section on our website at

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Safety Belt Council