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Poster contest for young artists

Here's an enjoyable way to educate children about the health hazards of tobacco and secondhand smoke.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute is holding its 11th annual "Give Me Breathing Room" poster contest for schoolchildren between ages 4 and 12. U.S. Savings Bonds worth $1,200 will be awarded in three grade categories: pre-kindergarten and kindergarten; first to third grades, and fourth to sixth grades.

The deadline for poster submissions is Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. The first 200 entries will receive free "Smoking Stinks" T-shirts. Last year, more than 3,000 children submitted original posters. Posters should be sent to "Give Me Breathing Room" Poster Contest, Smoking Control Program, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, N.Y. 14263. For information, call 845-8605.

Tell the flu to `Bug off' Influenza, or "the flu," is a viral infection of the nose, throat, bronchial tubes and/or lungs that can make someone of any age ill. In an effort to help Western New Yorkers tell the flu to "bug off," the VNA Flu Prevention Campaign is making flu shots available at many sites, including community centers, senior centers and nearly 40 Tops Markets and VIX Deep Discount stores.

The vaccine will be administered by nurses affiliated with the Visiting Nursing Association and is available to persons 18 years of age or older at a cost of $9 per shot. Medicare will pay the charge for people with Part B coverage if they bring their Medicare cards with them to the flu shot site. Independent Health Encompass 65 also will cover the cost.

The campaign starts Thursday and continues through Nov. 14. Last year more than 25,000 people were immunized during the campaign, which is now in its seventh year. For a listing of each week's locations, call 862-3588.

Honey is one of those basic foods we hear about everywhere, but there is a downside to honey, and one that the National Honey Board, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics all say can't be mentioned enough: Honey should never be given to infants.

Bee Careful with honey Honey, like other uncooked foods, can contain botulism spores. Because children under 1 do not have mature digestive tracts, they can develop infant botulism. It's a rare disease but a very serious one.

Any babies showing symptoms of poor feeding, altered cries, constipation or lethargy should receive prompt medical attention.

The good news: Honey is without a doubt safe for older children and adults.

Detecting breast cancer October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In keeping with the observance, the Healthy Women's Partnership of Erie County is advising women over 40 years old who are underinsured or uninsured to know that they are eligible for free mammograms and breast exams, as well as cervical cancer testing and examination. For information on locations and eligibility requirements, call 886-9201.

By News Staff Reporter Lisa Muehlbauer, compiled from wire services and other sources.

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