On Thursday, December 18, a broad coalition of leading national and statewide health organizations joined together to call for an end to cheap tobacco products that make it easy for young people to use and become addicted to tobacco. Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana (HHI) is advocating for a $1 increase on the price of all tobacco products in Indiana with revenues directed to funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs, as well as other critical state health programs.
According to HHI, a $1 increase in the price of cigarettes would:
For more information, follow HHI on Twitter (@Healthier_IN) and Facebook (HoosiersForAHealthierIndiana).
To read InJAC's December Newsletter, please click HERE.
We are happy to report that we have received survey responses from school nurses in 33 counties! While we hope to hear from nurses in all 92 counties, we are pleased with the results thus far. The SURVEY* will go a long way in helping us to identify the Indiana counties and schools that are most affected by asthma, as well as those that need the most assistance in educating their communities.
Please check in with your childs' school nurse or any others that you may know, and make sure they have received copies of the plan and ask them to fill out the SURVEY*. Each school nurse, or nurse coordinator, that conpletes the survey will receive a $10 gift card to either Starbucks, Target or CVS.
The approved English plan can be found HERE. Click for SPANISH, KAREN, and CHIN translations. An editable PDF can be found HERE.
With the recent surge in reported cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in the Midwest and in Indiana, InJAC has created a quick-reference fact sheet for your convenience. This detailed document contains the following information:
* What the virus is and is not* Symptoms* How it is spread* Who is at risk* Treatments* Prevention* How to get more information
It is important to note that this is not a new virus, but it is appearing earlier in the year, and with higher numbers than we have been accustomed to. Also, hand sanitizers are NOT effective against EV-D68, so hand-washing guidelines must be followed.
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See today's pattern of wind flowing over the US.