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As we head into the summer solstice and enjoy our warm weather activities such as boating and swimming, I want to remind everyone the importance of skin and eye protection.  There is some excellent information on www.skincancer.org.  I have summarized some tips below along with links for extra information.
 
Children under age 10 are at a high risk for skin and eye damage from UVR (ultraviolet radiation.) The skin on their eyelids and around their eyes is more delicate and vulnerable than adult skin. "And until about age 10, the lens of a child's eye is clear, allowing greater solar penetration and thus greater UVR-induced ocular changes," explains Adelaide A. Hebert, MD, professor and vice chair of dermatology, University of Houston. "After that, the lens starts to become more opaque, providing better protection." Please click here for a guide on purchasing sunglasses for your child.
 
Believe it or not, our first line of defense against the sun is our clothing!  It protects us by absorbing or blocking much the sun’s harmful rays. The more skin you cover, the better. A long-sleeved shirt covers more skin than a t-shirt, and likewise, long pants protect more skin than shorts.  UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. It indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric. A shirt with a UPF of 50, for example, allows just 1/50th of the sun’s UV radiation to reach the skin.  A wide brimmed hat, over 3 inch brim, is also a good way to protect your face.  Click here to read more on clothing for the sun.

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Children’s Mercy – Cradle Thru College Care believes in and offers the Gardasil® vaccine for both boys and girls entering their teen years.  For those of you with concerns about efficacy or side effects, a new review shows there is no evidence found of any serious short or long term safety issues.  Please see article from Tara Haelle of Forbes magazine.

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