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Florida Department of Health in Lake County
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Media Contact: Paul Butler, Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 Cell: (352) 516-4491
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 The Florida Department of Health in Lake County Reminds Residents On The Importance of Remembering to “Drain and Cover”

 Lake - The Florida Department of Health in Lake County reminds residents and visitors that it is important to "Drain and Cover”.   The Florida Department of Health (DOH) works with partner agencies, including the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, mosquito control agencies, and state universities year-round to monitor for the presence of illnesses carried by mosquitoes including West Nile virus infections, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, Chikungunya and dengue.  The Department encourages everyone to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their neighbors from mosquito-borne illnesses which have received increased attention recently in Florida. 

"A simple and easy way to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses is to follow the "Drain and Cover” method,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer for Children's Medical Services.  "Drain water from any containers around your home, cover your skin with clothing and mosquito repellent and cover doors and windows with screen to keep mosquitoes out of your home or business.”

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Media contact:  Paul Butler, Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 -  Cell: (352) 516-4491
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The Florida Department of Health in Lake County to Celebrate
World Breastfeeding Week

Lake County – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week observed August 1-7. WIC breastfeeding support group meetings are held monthly at three convenient locations:

Clermont WIC                                     Leesburg WIC                                   Umatilla WIC
875 Oakley Seaver Drive                 1904 Griffin Rd.                                 249 E. Collins St
Clermont, FL 34711                           Leesburg, FL 34748                           Umatilla, FL 32784

Monday, July 21, 2014
Media contact:  Paul Butler, Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 ; Cell: (352) 516-4491
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The Florida Department of Health in Lake County to Host Back to School Immunization Events

 Lake County – Parents are urged not to wait since now is the time to get required immunizations for your children so they can start school. Before children can register for school, parents must provide documentation showing proof of vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, and polio diseases.  Proper proof is considered a Florida Certificate of Immunization (form 680) which can be obtained from your physician or your local public health department. 

Effective in 2011, children will need to have a fourth polio vaccination, after their fourth birthday which has to be given before they start kindergarten.  If the fourth dose of the polio vaccine is administered prior to the fourth birthday, a fifth dose of polio vaccine is required for entry into kindergarten.  In addition, children entering kindergarten through sixth grade will need two varicella (chicken pox) vaccines.

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