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Comment by Mary Kate Leming on December 1, 2009 at 12:56pm
Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade

The Boynton/Delray Holiday Boat Parade will take place on Friday, December 11, 2009. Beginning at 6:30 pm, decorated vessels will proceed from the Boynton Beach Inlet to the C15 Canal.

Between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm, the George Bush Boulevard, Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard bridges will be in the open position at various times while the parade travels south.

For more information, please call (561) 742-6246.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 17, 2009 at 1:54pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL— The Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s eleventh death was confirmed today in a 78 year old female who was hospitalized with an underlying illness. To date the county has seen 83 persons hospitalized with the virus and 37 of those people were admitted to the ICU.

Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “We extend our sincere sympathies to the family of this woman. This pandemic continues to claim lives, so it is important for all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen. Unfortunately, the flu virus can leave vulnerable individuals susceptible to opportunistic infection, so it’s important for those with chronic illness or conditions that put them at risk to get vaccinated against flu.”

Experience with this virus shows this strain, like all influenza, is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, it is recommended those at risk should get the H1N1 vaccine to protect against the novel H1N1 virus. At this time, the Health Department, along with the CDC, advises that businesses, schools, day care centers, and the like remain open even if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.

Dr. Alonso recommends the following:
People with respiratory illness should avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community:

Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough and sneezes
Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Stay home if you are sick.
Get Vaccinated.


If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly: www.FightFluFlorida.com, www.cdc.gov, www.myflusafety.com locally information can be obtained by calling 211 or 1- 888-411-4FLU (4358).
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 10, 2009 at 4:29pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL— The Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s ninth death was confirmed today in a 70 year old male who was hospitalized with an underlying illness. To date the county has seen 81 persons hospitalized with the virus and 35 of those people were admitted to the ICU.

Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “This pandemic continues to claim lives. Our sympathies go out to the family of this gentleman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”

Experience with this virus shows this strain, like all influenza, is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, it is recommended those at risk should get the H1N1 vaccine to protect against the novel H1N1 virus.

At this time, the Health Department, along with the CDC, advises that businesses, schools, day care centers, and the like remain open even if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.

Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community:

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Cover your cough and sneezes
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
* Stay home if you are sick.
* Get Vaccinated.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly: www.FightFluFlorida.com, www.cdc.gov, www.myflusafety.com locally information can be obtained by calling 211 or 1- 888-411-4FLU (4358).
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on November 2, 2009 at 4:36pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL— Palm Beach County Health Department continues to make the H1N1 vaccine available through its health centers in Delray Beach, Lantana, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Belle Glade by appointment and on a limited availability walk-in basis.



The following public vaccination clinics are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.



Wednesday November 4th

South Grade Beacon Center

716 “K” St.

Lake Worth

Registration 2:45 PM




Thursday November 5th

Caridad Health Clinic

8645 W. Boynton Beach

Boynton Beach

Registration 9:15 AM

Friday November 6th

Child & Family

Connection

4100 Okeechobee Blvd

West Palm Beach

Registration 3:00 PM


Saturday November 7th

St. John’s Missionary

Baptist Church

900 Seacrest Blvd.

Boynton Beach

Registration 9:30 AM





At this time the Live Attenuated Intranasal Vaccine or "mist" version is the primary vaccine available at these sites. The mist is for healthy children 2 years to 24 years, care givers who are healthy up to age 49 of babies under six months, and health care workers with direct patient contact.



The Health Center sites have been taking 250 appointments per day and can be reached by calling 1-888-411-4FLU (4358).



As always practice flu prevention:



* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Cover your cough and sneezes
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
* Stay home if you are sick.



For further information about H1N1 Swine Flu vaccinations call the Palm Beach County Flu Information line at 888-411-4FLU (4358) or the Florida Flu Information Line at 877-352-3581. Two websites are also updated regularly www.FightFluFlorida.com or www.myflusafety.com or locally information can be also obtained by calling 211.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on October 28, 2009 at 8:50am
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s seventh death was confirmed today in a 46 year old female. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.

Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this woman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.

Experience with this virus shows this strain, like all influenza, is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, it is recommended those at risk should get the H1N1 vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.

At this time, the Health Department along with the CDC advises that businesses, schools, day cares and the like remain open if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.

Dr. Alonso recommends the following:
People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough and sneezes
Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Stay home if you are sick.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly www.FightFluFlorida.com, www.cdc.gov, www.myflusafety.com locally information can be obtained by calling 211or 1- 888-411-4FLU (4358).

H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL— Palm Beach County Health Department continues to make the H1N1 vaccine available through its health centers in Delray Beach, Lantana, West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Belle Glade

Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing to distribute H1N1 vaccine to our community. The following public vaccination outreaches are scheduled:

Wednesday October 28th
Atlantic Community High School
2455 W. Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach
Beginning at 3:30 pm
(Available 40 H1N1 Nasal Vaccine)

Thursday October 29th
Jamaicans of the Palm Beaches
408 17th Street
West Palm Beach
4p – 7p
(Available 100 H1N1 Nasal Vaccine)
Friday October 30th
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
9901 Dona Klein Blvd.
Boca Raton
2p – 7pm
(Available 300 H1N1 Nasal Vaccine)
Note: This outreach requires a $15 administration fee per vaccine (cash only) or Aetna Insurance Accepted
Saturday October 31st
Boootacular Day for Kids & Safety Fair
Presented by Palm Beach Memorial Park and Neighbors First, Inc.
Lantana Town Hall Complex
500 Greynolds Circle
10a – 2p
(Available 200 H1N1 Nasal Vaccine)
Note: This outreach requires a $15 administration fee per vaccine (cash only)

At this time the Live Attenuated Intranasal Vaccine or "mist" version is the primary vaccine available at these sites. The mist is for healthy children 2 years to 24 years, care givers who are healthy up to age 49 of babies under six months, and health care workers with direct patient contact.

The Health Center sites have been taking 250 appointments per day and can be reached by calling 1-888-411-4FLU (4358).

As always practice flu prevention:

Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Cover your cough and sneezes
Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Stay home if you are sick.

For further information about H1N1 Swine Flu vaccinations call the Palm Beach County Flu Information line at 888-411-4FLU (4358) or the Florida Flu Information Line at 877-352-3581. Two websites are also updated regularly www.FightFluFlorida.com or www.myflusafety.com or locally information can be also obtained by calling 211.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on September 9, 2009 at 3:49pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus. The County’s sixth death was confirmed today in a 33 year old female. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
Health Department Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this woman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
At this time, the Health Department along with the CDC recommends businesses, schools, day cares and the like remain open if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 31, 2009 at 3:36pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The County’s fourth death was confirmed today in a 90 year old female. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
With the 95 confirmed cases in the past week the county total is now 342
Health Department Acting Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this woman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
At this time, the Health Department along with the CDC recommends summer camps, businesses, schools, day cares and the like remain open if a case of H1N1 is identified. These facilities should follow the protocols they have in place for any ill person.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on July 23, 2009 at 10:09am
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The County’s second death was confirmed today in a 42 year old male. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.
With the 49 confirmed cases in the past week the county total is now 247.
Health Department Acting Director, Alina Alonso, M.D. said, “Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of this gentleman. I am also asking all to remain alert to the signs and symptoms of this flu and seek medical attention if the fever, coughs and sneezes worsen.”
WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. It’s uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die from novel H1N1 infection. Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.
Dr. Alonso recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid
spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.
If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home.
Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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Timothy O'Connor
Public Relations Manager
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 23, 2009 at 12:50pm
Infectious Viral Animal Diseases Strike Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control has experienced an increased number of dogs and cats being brought to the shelter with the parvovirus and panleukopenia diseases. These diseases can attack young and old dogs and cats.

Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can be passed from dog to dog. Clinical signs may include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, depression and lack of appetite. It is critical to prevent transmission of the disease through proper care and cleaning as well as proper vaccinations.

Panleukopenia is a highly infectious viral disease in cats. Clinical signs include diarrhea, vomiting, standing over a water dish, lethargy and fever, all of which can quickly lead to death.

Inevitably, parvovirus and panleukopenia have been introduced into the shelter from infected animals being brought to the facility. It is important to keep your pets up-to-date on all necessary vaccinations to protect them against these devastating diseases. Please contact your local veterinarian immediately to have your cat or dog vaccinated against these fatal and highly contagious viruses.

For more information, please visit Animal Care and Control’s Web site at www.pbcgov.com/pubsafety/animal or call (561) 233-1200.
Comment by Mary Kate Leming on June 13, 2009 at 12:13pm
H1N1 FLU UPDATE PALM BEACH COUNTY - 6/13/09

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL—Palm Beach County Health Department is continuing its surveillance and monitoring of the H1N1 Swine flu virus throughout the summer. The World Health Organization has now elevated this virus to a level 6 and declared it a pandemic.

The latest information shows there have been 417 confirmed cases in Florida and no reported deaths. Palm Beach County has had 18 confirmed cases and today is adding its first probable cluster as 21 from a camping group of 41 became ill after arriving at their North Carolina destination. Nine of the sick returned to Palm Beach County Wednesday, and six more from the group are being treated in North Carolina and are expected to return with the remaining campers this weekend. The North Carolina Department of Health confirmed two of the six as H1N1 and with additional test results pending locally it is presumed all 21 became ill from the virus.

WHO’s decision to raise the pandemic alert level to Phase 6 is a reflection of the spread of the virus, not the severity of illness caused by the virus. It’s uncertain at this time how serious or severe this novel H1N1 pandemic will be in terms of how many people infected will develop serious complications or die from novel H1N1 infection. Experience with this virus so far is limited and influenza is unpredictable. However, because novel H1N1 is a new virus, many people may have little or no immunity against it, and illness may be more severe and widespread as a result. In addition, currently there is no vaccine to protect against novel H1N1 virus.

Health Department Director, Dr. Jean Malecki said, “We will continue to monitor the number of H1N1 and other flu cases in our county throughout the summer months.

Dr. Malecki recommends the following:

People with respiratory illness should stay home from work or school to avoid spreading infections, including influenza, to others in the community.

* Avoid close contact with people who are coughing or otherwise appear ill.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
* Wash hands frequently to lessen the spread of respiratory illness.

If you think you have influenza, please call your health care provider or the health department at 840-4500 and discuss whether you need to be seen in their office, emergency department or stay home. Three websites are also updated regularly www.pbchd.com , www.cdc.gov, www.doh.state.fl.us locally information can be obtained by calling 211.

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