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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Page 3 serve an Busting the myths of immunizations Getting a shot is never fun, but those few, quick seconds of discomfort are the best ways to protect your body from some truly devastating diseases. From the mumps and measles to polio and smallpox, vac- cines are proven to lower, and in some cases eradi- cate, the instances of these diseases. However in recent years, some parents are choosing to forgo vaccinations due to worries over side effect and long-term complica- tions. Andy Kopperud, MD, a pediatrician at Sanford Westbrook assures parents that while it is 100 percent their decision whether to vaccinate or not, the risks associated with immunizations are very minimal. "Like with any shot, the patient may feel some pain or soreness in the area where the injection was given," says Dr. Andy. "There are a few instances of fever, but beyond that, more serious issues rarely Occur." How it works The risks associated with vaccinations are so low due to the matter in which they are produced. The Food and Drug Administration tests new vaccines for 10 years before they are grant- ed a license. The testing is thorough to determine if they are safe and effective for children. The vaccines are designed to create an immune response in the body. When weakened, partial or dead portions of the disease are put into the body, antibodies are creat- ed to match that specific virus and fight off the infection. Your body will remember this and when the real virus tries to invade, your body is pre- pared. "Many vaccinations need * Basement Systems * & $7?4.70 I Rosuvastatin' $78.30 Are You StiLL Paying Too Much For Your Medications? You can save up to 97/0 when you fitt your prescriptions with our Canadian and International prescription service. 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The flu shot is safe for most people from infants 6 months and older all the way up to the elderly. But I heard... There have been a number of rumors circulating that inoculating your child may lead to an autism diagnosis. This theory was concocted from a flawed study pub- lished in the late '90s. Its claims were quickly dis- proven by countless other, more factual studies that study millions of children without finding any link between the use of vac- cines and autism. Parents also tend to believe that since many diseases that vaccines are used for are rare, their child is in no danger. But the disease became rare for a reason and not vaccinating could quickly produce an outbreak. "With the help of vac- cines, we have significant- ly diminished a number of diseases in the U.S.," says Dr. Andy. "They are rare, but they are still there. Just look at the outbreak last year at a major American theme park. Hundreds of people contracted the high- ly contagious measles virus because many weren't vac- cinated." Because while many of those who became ill chose not to be vaccinated, some were unable to be vacci- nated due to age or a com- promised immune system. "Not vaccinating your child, not only puts them at risk, but everyone else they come into contact with," says Dr. Andy. "I just really want to encourage parents to discuss any fears they may have about vaccines with their pediatrician so they can make an informed decision about their child's health care." Changes affect how deer carcasses can enter Minnesota Starting this fall, hunters can no longer bring whole deer carcasses into Minnesota from anywhere in North America. This restriction includes all members of the deer family (deer, elk, moose and caribou). Previously, the restriction only applied to animals har- vested in areas of North America where chronic wast- ing disease (CWD) has been known to occur. "We are making this change to respond to the increasing prevalence and geographic spread of CWD," said Adam Murkowski, Big Game Program leader with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The disease is always fatal and infected deer can appear healthy. Live animal testing is still in development. Starting this fail, hunters may bring only the following parts into Minnesota, regard- less of where the animal was harvested outside of the state: o Meat that is boned out or that is cut and wrapped (either commercially or privately). *Quarters or other portions of meat with no part of the spinal column or head attached. *Hides and teeth. *Antlers or clean skull plates (no brain tissue attached) with antlers attached. *Finished taxidermy mounts. *Nonresidents transporting whole or partial carcasses on a direct route through Minnesota are exempt from this restriction; however, sim- ilar restrictions exist in all surrounding states. The 2016 Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook states that this rule is likely to be in place (pages 2 and 62). This rule has been finalized and is in place for the fall of 2016. More information about CWD testing is available at deer/cwd. Annual well child exams are recommended for children ages 5 to 18. These exams provide a comprehensive, head-to-toe evaluation and review of immunizations. Our wellness exams meet school district requirements for athletic physicals and are often covered by insurance. CaR [5071 274-1150 to schedule your appointment. SANF{ RD" Westbrook 252435 f Lrr,g p.~-ry We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. With an immense cocktail list; outstanding munchies and a fun, casual atmosphere, it's a scene away from the usual bar scene. After all, it's not just another bar, it's a classic neighborhood hangout. 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