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April 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Don’t wait to schedule your fall sports physical
Written by Caryl Waite, PA-C, pediatrics, Mount Nittany Physician Group
Caryl Waite, PA-C, Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics

It may only be springtime, but it’s important to schedule your sports physical now for fall interscholastic sports. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) requires that all athletes playing a fall sport through their school have a physical exam and/or certification between June 1 and August 5, 2019. The exam and form are good through May 31 of the following year. The good news is that you don’t have to wait until June 1 to schedule your child’s sports physical.

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The importance of vaccinations

Immunization is one of the most important ways to protect yourself and others from infection and disease. According to research, vaccines are extremely safe and effective, and at Mount Nittany Health, we recommend having your children vaccinated following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

People who are not immunized are putting themselves at risk, as well as the entire community. Immunizations help protect against vaccine-preventable diseases like hepatitis B, rotavirus, influenza and measles. According to the CDC, vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children adults to receive at the recommended ages:

Infants and toddlers: Birth to age 2

  • Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine: At 12 through 15 months
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccine: At 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15 through 18 months
  • Flu vaccine: Every year by the end of October, if possible, starting at 6 months
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine: At 2 months, 4 months, 6 months (if needed; depends on brand), and 12 through 15 months
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Open Streets Bellefonte to bring day of healthy fun for all

Join Mount Nittany Health and a number of downtown Bellefonte businesses on May 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, for the first annual Open Streets Bellefonte healthy community event, made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Northwest.

Open to all ages and fitness levels, the event will create “paved parks” on parts of Allegheny and High streets, temporarily closing them to motorized vehicle traffic and opening to human traffic on foot, bike, scooter and more. Activity hubs will focus on activities like dancing, yoga, aerobics, and hula hooping, and incorporate other wellness-themed activities like nutritional education, to engage individuals and families in healthy activities, while building community connections. 

Two highly anticipated activity hubs to be included in the day’s events are the Ultimate Ninja Warrior Challenge and a rodeo playground.

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What to know about mumps

About mumps

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is spread by direct contact with or by inhaling droplets that contain the virus. Although mumps virus has been found in saliva from seven days before onset of salivary gland swelling to nine days afterwards, a person is most infectious between two days before and five days after swelling. People with mumps virus infection may not have any symptoms, but may still be able to spread the disease to others. Mumps can be spread by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or talking,
  • Sharing items, such as cups or eating utensils, with others
  • Touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands that are then touched by others.
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Tips to help your child cope during spring allergy season

Springtime means warmer weather – it also means the start of one of the peak allergy seasons. Pollen and mold are the top season allergy triggers and can cause the following symptoms:

  • Runny nose with clear, watery discharge
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing, wheezing, or difficulty breathing

Try these tips to help your child cope during the spring allergy season:

  • Days that are hot, windy or dry are usually the worst. Plan activities for cooler, less windy days.
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Join Centre Moves and Push the Pedal this May

Centre Moves and Mount Nittany Health invite you to celebrate National Bike Month this May by challenging yourself, friends and family to cycle, scoot or roll around Centre County and beyond with the Centre Moves “Push the Pedal” program.

Throughout the month of May, take to your neighborhood bike trails and bike paths, or any other safe place for biking, scooting or rolling. Stationary bikes count, too! 

You need just one bike ride during the month, but you can ride as much or as little as you like.

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Recent product recalls

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.


Name of product: Midwest-CBK baby rattle socks

Sold At: Boutique gift stores nationwide from October 2017 through December 2018 for about $10.

Description: This recall involves various styles of Midwest Gift brand Baby Rattle Socks - Perfect Pair. The socks are 100% cotton and have an animal or character sewn onto the toe of the socks, including a snowman, reindeer, whale, flamingo, tiger, or shark. The socks were sold in children’s sizes 0 to 12 months.

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