Families

Infant Immunization Week: Protecting Infants from Preventable Diseases

By Capt. Joseph McQuade, M.D., director for Public Health, Naval Hospital Jacksonville To mark National Infant Immunization Week (April 21-28), I’d like to call attention to the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventative diseases.  To address the myths and misinformation about vaccine safety that often confuse parents, know that the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply …

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Families OverComing Under Stress Supports the Military Family

By Allison Paul, FOCUS (Families OverComing Stress) Family member It was January 2011 when we found ourselves among our squadron’s families, a somber group awaiting the evening’s deluge of information:  the pre-deployment brief.  My husband was embarking on his third deployment, but this was a first time experience for our daughters (ages 3 and 5). One of our goals was to find …

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Project FOCUS: Supporting Military Families Worldwide

By Kirsten Woodward, director, Family Programs, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It’s always been said – “military families serve too” – they feel the effects of mutliple and combat related deployments and they bare witness to the impact of high operational tempo.  Since 2008 – Navy Medicine has been not only serving the service members needs, but the …

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Shedding Light on Children’s Eye Health and Safety

By Lt. Niko O. Vahamaki, O.D., Naval Hospital Beaufort   During my usual comprehensive eye exams here at Naval Hospital Beaufort, I am often asked by patients when children should have their eyes checked.  While there is no set standard, a good rule of thumb I advocate is a minimum of two times before starting elementary school.   Ideally, children should …

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Naval Hospital Jacksonville: Breastfeeding improves health of babies

By Julie Kellogg, M.D., Naval Hospital Jacksonville pediatrician Naval Hospital Jacksonville celebrates Aug. 1- 7 as well as showcases their World Health Organization/United Nations Children’s Fund Baby Friendly Certification. Breastfeeding benefits babies and moms and is considered by many to be a miracle food with advantages that cannot be duplicated. In multiple studies, breastfeeding has been shown to be the …

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