Warmer Than Normal/Senator Portman's Former Intern Killed/Get Your Kids Vaccinations Up-To-Date

Warmer Than Normal/Senator Portman's Former Intern Killed/Get Your Kids Vaccinations Up-To-Date

Warmth and moisture have filled the air as school begins today for many beneath a mix of sun and clouds. The mercury climbs back into the upper 80s by afternoon.  There is the risk of a few spotty showers or storms later in the day - mainly west of Cleveland.  Beginning tonight and through Thursday we'll all be threatened with the POSSIBILITY of a few strong to perhaps severe storms.

The Washington Post reports that 23-year-old Matt Shlonsky was shot and killed Saturday, August 15 in Northwest Washington, D.C. Shlonsky was killed just before 5 p.m. at Seventh and S streets NW.  There is no information concerning what led to the shooting.  Police have not made any arrests and continue to search for the suspect vehicle. Shlonsky, who was raised in Cleveland and an American University graduate, was Sen. Rob Portman's intern in 2013. Senator Rob Portman released the following statement: "This is a terrible tragedy. Matt was a talented young man with a bright future who was taken from us too soon. He was an outstanding intern for me in Washington. Jane's and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and the Cleveland community during this difficult time." 

(CNN) - The new school year is upon us, and that means getting up-to-date with your child's vaccinations. Reading, writing and arithmetic are all important but when it comes to a student's well-being, public health officials say vaccines are the best way to ward off diseases. So, it's always good to update your child's immunization records, because as adolescents get older, some of the protection from their childhood shots begin to wear off. Plus children can develop other diseases as they age. For preteens, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccines to protect against meningitis, HPV or the human papillomavirus, Tdap for tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and the flu. If your child is already a teenager, the CDC recommends they update with catch-up vaccines for hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella. If you're not sure which vaccines your child may need, see your pediatrician or you can ask your county education department for a list of required or recommended shots for your student.

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Julia Tullos