The new school year’s more than a month away, but not the usual August rush for child immunizations.Clark County’s public health officials suggest parents schedule their children’s back-to-school protection now.Required immunizations for kindergarten-through-ninth grade include whooping cough (there’s been an in-state outbreak) and two doses of chickenpox (varicella) vaccine — or formal doctor’s notice the child has already had a case of chickenpox.Children starting third, fourth or sixth grades must get one dose of chickenpox vaccine (or, again, proof of incidence).Also recommended: meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis, a serious infectious disease, for all children age 11-18; and, for girls under age 19, parents should consider the human papillomavirus vaccine, available at low cost.The HPV guards against four types of virus, two that can cause cervical cancers and two that cause 90 percent of genital warts. It is not required for school admission.There are exemptions for medical, religious or other reasons, but immunizations are still highly recommended. Children without them may be sent home when outbreaks occur.Appointments are now available for free child immunizations through Washington state’s Childhood Vaccine Program. Local health care providers may charge a visit fee but it can be waived for those unable to pay.
Away Koh Kood, Centara Boutique Collection has been named as Outstanding Secluded Boutique Hotel in the Hotel Club Hotel of the Year 2010 Awards.The resort, built on an intimate scale with only 20 bungalows and 13 tented accommodations, is located on the west coast of Koh Kood, 82 kilometres off the coast of Trat province, and is the epitome of an island hideaway.The annual Hotel Club Awards have been running since 2006, recognising the most outstanding properties in a range of categories around the world. Hotel Club is a leading global accommodation website offering hotel and accommodation bookings, providing travellers with over 69,000 accommodation choices in over 7,300 cities worldwide throughout 138 countries.Centara Boutique Collection is a brand within Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel management company.Properties within the Boutique Collection are designed to a small scale and are for the independent minded traveller who requires five-star accommodation but who does not wish to stay in a large resort.There are currently eight Boutique Collection properties in Thailand and one in the Indian Himalayas, and Centara has a strategy of expanding this brand rapidly within the next few years. Source = Away Koh Kood, Centara Boutique