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.

Wednesday July 2, 2014
Media Contact: Paul Butler –  Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424  Cell: (352) 516-4491
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Lake County – The Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) in collaboration with the Central Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will offer free classes at the following locations:

Monday – July 7th 
Weekly classes for six weeks (participants must attend all six classes)
July 7th  – August 11th 
6:30 – 8:00 PM
National Training Center
(Across from South Lake Hospital)
1935 Don Wickham Drive
Clermont, FL 34711

Thursday, July 24th
Free Two Hour Class
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Lake Cares Pantry
2001 W. Old Highway 441
Suite # 2
Mount Dora, FL 32757

There is no charge to enroll in the program which includes the following:

·                       No charge for materials
·                       Free Nicotine Replacement (nicotine patch while supplies last)
·                       Covers all forms of tobacco
·                       Free carbon monoxide testing
·                       Groups led by trained tobacco cessation specialist
·                       Quit Smoking Now workbook and incentive items

Registration is required by calling 1-877-252-6094 or to learn more about Quit Smoking Now Program.  The QSN program is sponsored by the Florida AHEC Network and the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida.




 Date: July 25, 2014
Media Contact: Paul Butler - Public Information Officer
Office: (352) 589-6424 Cell: (352) 516-4491                                                                      
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                                           Residential Buildings in Lake County Are Going Smoke-free
                                - Policies Protect Residents From Secondhand Smoke and Smoking-Related Fires -

Eustis – Smoke-free multiunit housing, a growing trend throughout the country, has made its way to Lake County.

Several residential properties in Lake County have implemented smoke-free policies. The growing list of smoke-free properties in the area includes:

·         Hunters Trace - Clermont
·         Lyn Terrace – Eustis
·         The Iron Block - Eustis
·         Lake Region Homes - Leesburg
·         Pepper Tree - Leesburg
·         Villas of Mount Dora – Mount Dora

“As of March 1, 2013 The Iron Block enacted a 100% Smoke Free policy. Since then the old tenants have adjusted without complaint and the new tenants appreciate that the apartments are smoke free.” said Kace Montgomery, Property Manager. “Having a 100% Smoking free policy has not hurt my ability to lease out my apartments if anything it has made them more attractive.”

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