We are at this time out of Influenza vaccine for the 2012/2013 season. Because of high demand there are national shortages. We are advising patients who have not gotten vaccine yet to continue to try to obtain the vaccine even this late into the season. It is not uncommon for Influenza to continue to be an issue through March and April. The County health department is the best location to try to obtain vaccine. You may also check with a local pharmacy chains as another option, but their supplies are waning as well.
Children ages 4 – 8 years OR under 4 feet 9 inches must be secured in a child restraint.
Many child seats have forward-facing harness weight limits of 40-65 lbs. (refer to manufacturer’s instructions). Safety advocates recommend restraining your child in a 5-point harness system until they are at least 40 lbs before using a booster seat.
Booster seats must be used with the vehicle’s lap & shoulder belt. Children should remain in a booster seat until they are about 4 feet 9 inches tall. A child’s height is the best predictor of proper seat belt fit.
Car Seat Safety Laws for Children
- Rear-facing infant seats from birth to at least 1 year old and at least 20 pounds.
- Forward-facing toddler seats from age 1 and at least 20 pounds to about age 4 and at least 40 pounds.
- Booster seats from about age 4 and 40 pounds to at least age 8 and 4’9″ tall.
- Lap and shoulder safety belts at age 8 or older and taller than 4′ 9″.
- All children 12 and younger should ride in the back seat.
Free Car Seat Safety Clinics
Moore Pediatrics hosts car seat clinics on a regular basis. Certified technicians will check that your car seats and booster seats are correctly installed and teach you how to correctly install the seats yourself during a one on one session. These events are free and open to both patients and non-patient families.