Newborn vaccinations; a personal and professional perspective.

  I remember first starting as a nurse at the immunization clinic and having some of the same doubts that I now hear from parents about the immunizations I was asked to administer. This was without any children of my own. I am now pregnant with my first baby, and I can’t imagine how fearful […]

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Home Visits Work: Let’s Make Them Universal

Nov 14, 2016, 1:31 PM, Posted by Martha Davis Every family deserves an equal opportunity to build a healthy, nurturing environment that helps their kids thrive. That’s where home visits come in. Some of the most fulfilling and valuable experiences of my early career involved working as a home visitor about twenty years ago. I […]

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World Breastfeeding Week is Coming to Bozeman!

Every year during the first week of August, the global community celebrates breastfeeding families with World Breastfeeding Week and in Bozeman, Montana we celebrate too! World Breastfeeding Week was first observed in 1992 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding to unify breastfeeding promotion internationally and celebrate the Innocenti Declaration. The Innocenti Declaration was enacted in […]

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Dads Matter

All dads. Studies show having an involved father leads to better grades, lower teen pregnancy rates, lower drug use, lower crime rates and lower aggression.¹ Emotionally, it’s pretty simple; Kids love their parents. “Kids love their parents and will defend them to an irrational level,” says Patrick Duganz, Father Engagement Specialist at Gallatin City-County Health […]

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Recreational Water Safety

Harmful algae blooms can occur in any standing body of water that is exposed to the sun. Some years, under certain conditions, the algal blooms may produce toxins which pose a health threat to animals and people. The algae responsible for algal blooms occur naturally and during spells of warm weather can multiply sufficiently to color […]

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Raising SIDS Awareness in October

By: Shanna Rottloff, Montana State University Community Health Intern Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. In recent years, the terminology surrounding SIDS has evolved in an attempt to better explain the troubling medical issue. The new, more inclusive term Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) encompasses: […]

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August is World Breastfeeding Month. Let’s Make Breastfeeding Work!

World Breastfeeding Month is here! In August, the world celebrates breastfeeding and its many benefits! Breastfeeding organizations and supporters have worked hard to promote breast milk and breastfeeding as the optimal food for babies. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months and then with the addition of complimentary foods through the […]

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New Vaccine Requirements for School Attendance

Parents: As you may have heard, there are new vaccine requirements for school attendance. As a result of House Bill 158, students are now required to be vaccinated against varicella (chickenpox) and must receive a pertussis booster vaccine prior to entering 7th grade. This law goes into effect October 1, 2015. To ensure consistent and […]

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Tick-borne Illnesses

Ticks are non-insect arthropod arachnids closely related to spiders, scorpions, and mites. They are important to humans because they feed on animals and can pass diseases to people, pets, wildlife, and livestock. In Montana, ticks are capable of transmitting several tick-borne illnesses to people: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) Colorado Tick Fever Tularemia (commonly known […]

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Happy 4th of July!

Here in Montana, the 4th of July always seems to represent the start of summer. After a rainy June in Gallatin County, it’s time for fun in the sun and celebrations with friends and family. Along with the celebration—and with fireworks—there are some safety issues to consider in order to make sure that the weekend […]

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