SEPT. 21, 2012
THE COAST NEWS
Protecting kids from flu Health Watch By the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas
For most adults, the influenza virus means a week or so of fever, sore throat, cough, headache, and body aches. But for children, the flu can have much more serious consequences, such as ear infections, dehydration, pneumonia, or death. Severe complications from the flu send an average of 20,000 children under age 5 to the hospital for care in the United States annually. Moreover, during the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic of 2009, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported more than 340 deaths in children from ages 6 months to 19 years. Fortunately, parents can take steps to help protect their children against the flu virus. The most important preventive measure is getting an annual seasonal flu vaccine. This vaccine increases protection against three strains of the flu virus that are expected to be most prevalent each year. Because the vaccine changes from year to year, children should get a flu shot annually, ideally before November. Most children 6 months or older should be vaccinated (check with a physician first if a child is allergic to eggs). Vaccination is especially important for children younger than age 5 and/or those who have chronic health problems such as asthma or diabetes, which can increase the risk of flu complications. People who live or work with young children should be vaccinated as well. It’s also important to limit children’s exposure to the virus. Infants and young children should be kept away from
those showing signs of illness. Family travel can increase the risk of exposure, especially on airplanes. Even if just a few people on the plane are ill, the closed environment can trap viruses and spread them around to everyone on board. Crowded airports and train stations may present similar situations. If avoiding sick people or crowds isn’t possible, try to keep infants’ faces lightly covered to prevent possible airborne exposure to the virus. Children should wash their hands frequently and keep their hands away from their faces to minimize the transfer of germs. Sick children should be kept home until they are well, and all children should learn to cover their coughs by coughing or sneezing into a tissue, which should immediately be discarded. If a tissue isn’t available, teach children to cough into their elbows, not their hands. Healthy children are less susceptible to catching the flu virus and less likely to develop complications if they do get sick. Good nutrition, exercise and plenty of rest can help build resistance. Among infants, breastfeeding can pass immune antibodies from mother to baby, thus increasing their defense against illness. Children who do get influenza should get plenty of rest and fluids. Keep an eye on their breathing; humidified air is easier on the lungs and keeps mucus thinner, so that the child can clear their lungs easier. Age appropriate overthe-counter medications can help with symptoms. Parents who are unsure about the severity of a child’s flu should call a physician. “HealthWatch” is brought to you by the physicians and staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. For more information or for physician referral call 1-800-SCRIPPS.
Carlsbad issues proclamations By Christina Macone-Greene
CARLSBAD — Numerous city proclamations were doled out to the Envision Carlsbad Committee Members at a recent City Council meeting. Members received enormous thanks for their exemplary service to the Carlsbad community in helping coordinating, analyzing and forecasting the needs of the community. “The purpose of this proclamation is to recognize and thank committee members for the many hours of volunteer service they devoted in helping identify the community’s vision for the future of Carlsbad, and for their important role in crafting a preferred land use plan that will be used to update the city’s General Plan,” said David de Cordova, principal planner at the city of Carlsbad. The Envision Carlsbad Committee, also referred to as EC3, was comprised of 19 members and 19 alternates. Carlsbad is often being described as entering a new phase of development and this is why the EC3 was implemented. “The city is transitioning from a period of large-scale growth to a period of infill development while protecting and enhancing quality of life,” de Cordova said. “The Envision Carlsbad program was created to learn what residents and businesses value most about Carlsbad, identify the opportunities and challenges for the future, and to help establish priorities for land uses and city services to meet the needs of this and the
Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall issues proclamations to members of the Envision Carlsbad Committee members for their work in the community. Photo by Christina Macone-Greene
next generation.” During its course of three-and-a-half years, the EC3 convened on 18 different occasions. Although the EC3 is now finished, it tackled creating a Carlsbad Community Vision document and their updates to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and Zoning Ordinances. Their recommendations were presented to the Planning Commission and then to the City Council. “In addition to committee meetings, many EC3 members participated in the various community workshops they helped plan,” he said. De Cordova pointed out that these were four community visioning workshops, one planning workshop for the Barrio neighborhood, and two community workshops for the
preferred land use plan. De Cordova was quick to mention even though EC3’s work has concluded, Envision Carlsbad continues. By spring 2013, staff predicts the General Plan will be updated while the zoning ordinances and Local Coastal Program should be finished by end of 2013. Those who received a proclamation included Ken Alfrey, Julie Baker, Andrew Benson, Sean Bentley, Jim Bradley, Jim Comstock, Kirk Cowles, Jack Cumming, Farrah Douglas, Glen Etherington, Jim Farley (Vice-chair), Robert Gates, Barbara Hamilton, Mike Howes, Mat Huff, William Kloetzer, Chris Korogi, Diane Lantz, Eric Larson (Chair), Hap L’Heureux, David Lloyd, Gina McBride, Kent McCormick, Greg Nelson, Robert Nielsen,
John O’Reilly, Diane Proulx, David Robertson, Guy Roney, Fred Sandquist,Tina Schmidt, Jeff Segall, Sean Sexton, Anne Spacie, Jeannie Sprague-Bentley,Allen Sweet, Paul Thompson, Joseph Troya and Lisa Tuomi-Francis. Before Mayor Matt Hall read the proclamation, he thanked the committee members for investing hundreds of hours of service which included research, paperwork and hours of testimony. He went on to say that the Carlsbad Community Vision now serves to guide Carlsbad in a direction that aligns with the community’s aspirations for the future. “Each member’s participation on the Envision Carlsbad Citizens Committeee will help ensure that Carlsbad remains a healthy and vibrant city in the years to come,” Hall said.
Kayak, paddle and cleanup at Batiquitos Lagoon CARLSBAD — Grab your paddle and register for the once-a-year chance to actually dip a paddle into our local lagoon. Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation (BLF) invites environmentally conscious kayakers to its seventh annual Kayak Cleanup event Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. This event allows kayakers access to a two-hour excursion on the lagoon that is normally closed to boating, while simultaneously aiding in preserving the lagoon habitat by removing shoreline trash. The cost is $50 per person and is a tax-deductible donation to the lagoon. The first launch is at 7:30 a.m. and the last launch is at 3:30 p.m. on both days. People age 16 or
Kayakers will be allowed on Batiquitos Lagoon for a two-hour clean-up Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. To register, visit batiquitosfoundation.org. Courtesy photo
older can participate and may provided by REI and Hobie bring their own kayaks or use Cat Company, key event sponkayaks and safety equipment sors. Each group will be accompanied by guides. A Lanai kayak has been donated by Hobie for an
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opportunity drawing as part of the Kayak Cleanup fundraising effort. For more details on the Lanai kayak, v i s i t hobiecat.com/kayaks/paddle/l anai. For more information, and to register on line, visit the BLF web site at batiquitosfoundation.org. Unreserved slots will be filled on the days of the event on a first-come, first-served basis upon completion of the registration form and payment. Proceeds of the Kayak Cleanup will benefit BLF’s ongoing habitat restoration projects. The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation that formed in 1983 with the mission to preserve, protect and enhance the Batiquitos Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
The edition of The Coast News for the week of Sept. 21, 2012.