Putnam County Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: DOH Putnam - December 30, 2013 - (386) 326-3200
Florida Department of Health in Putnam County Announces
Temporary Flu Vaccination Payment for Pregnant Medicaid Recipients
Tallahassee - The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County announced that temporary payment has been authorized for CPT code 90686 for Medicaid recipients who are pregnant and age 21 and older. This step is being taken due to the increased impact that influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida. The Medicaid reimbursement rate will be the same rate for those vaccines that are covered for Medicaid recipients between the ages of 18-20, and will be effective for the time period beginning December 19, 2013 through March 31, 2014.
“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu and it is very important for pregnant women to receive the influenza vaccination,” said Mary Garcia. “We want to make sure that people are aware of this new opportunity for pregnant women to receive flu vaccination through Medicaid reimbursement.”
The Department of Health in Putnam County recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, the unborn child, and will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.
Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing. Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/pregnant.htm
It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, Florida Department of Health in Putnam County or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/prevention-safety-and-wellness/flu-prevention/locate-a-flu-shot.html to search for a location to receive a flu vaccine.
DOH protects, promotes and improves the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
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FORMER JAGUAR TO BRING FLU CRUSADE TO PUTNAM
By Brandon D. Oliver
Palatka Daily News
The circus won’t be in town on Tuesday, but there will be a Jaguar at the Putnam County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday.
Former NFL player Tony Boselli will make a presentation during the meeting to talk about the importance of people, especially children, getting flu vaccinations.
The county commission will read a proclamation declaring Dec. 9-13 National Influenza Vaccination Week in Putnam County.
Boselli, who was the first ever draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the team’s first year in 1995, and Healthy Schools LLC have been advocates of children getting free flu vaccinations.
Through the organization’s program, “Teach Flu a Lesson,” Putnam County students will have the opportunity to get free flu vaccines on Thursday and Friday, said Kena Foster, the director of nursing that the state Department of Health in Putnam County.
“His goal is to eventually offer the flu vaccine to all schools in the state of Florida,” said Foster, a registered nurse. “From my understanding, he’s done it in Clay and Duval (counties).”
Boselli’s visit and the free vaccines are a result of a partnership between the health department, the Putnam County School District and the Boselli Foundation.
Foster said that vaccination consent forms would be going home with students, and the forms needed to be returned to the school no later than Thursday.
Since the vaccines are a form of treatment, she said, one thing about the vaccine consent forms is non-negotiable before a child is allowed to get a FluMist vaccine.
“It has to be signed,” Foster said. “Thursday and Friday, his team is coming to every school in the district with the FluMist vaccine.”
During his visit to the county commission meeting on Tuesday, Boselli, who played with the Jaguars from 1995-2001, will discuss his plans for administering the vaccine to students from 2-20 in the county as well as his works with Health Schools.
His visit to the commission will be one of many stops he makes during his tour of the county on Tuesday, Foster said.
After speaking at the 8:30 a.m. commission meeting, Boselli will speak at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Health Department on Kennedy Street.
At 3:30 p.m., Boselli will also speak about his flu vaccination efforts during the school board meeting.
Between those stops, Boselli will be meeting with the sheriff’s office, visiting Palatka High School and making other stops and discussing the importance of flu vaccines, Foster said.
According to the state Department of Health, 15-40 percent of the national population each year will develop illnesses from influenza.
Because of those illnesses, an average of approximately 36,000 people per year die from the flu, and 114,000 per year have to be admitted to the hospital, the state health department reported.
In the letter Healthy Schools sends to students’ homes, it states that when children get the flu, it not only causes them to miss school, but also parents could contract the illness from the child.
“It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week, but his sole purpose when he gets here on Tuesday will be to talk about getting students vaccinations,” Foster said.
More information about Healthy Schools can be found at healthyschoolsllc.com or by calling (904) 834-2946.
For Immediate Release ~ November 4, 2013
Putnam County- The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County has recently observed an increase in reports of aggressive animal behavior involving raccoons. There have been two recent instances of raccoons exhibiting aggressive and unusual behavior toward humans in San Mateo, near State Road 17 and Breezewood Circle; and in Satsuma, near State Road 17, Landmark Avenue and Islander Road.
Everyone is advised to avoid contact with any animal they do not know. If suspicious or unusual behavior is seen in any domestic, stray, or wild animal, please contact Animal Control at 386-329-0396 for assistance. Rabies is a very serious, invariably fatal disease for both animals and humans.
Please check your pet’s vaccination status and make sure that their rabies vaccination is current. Rabies vaccine purchased from private sources does NOT meet State or County requirements. ALL rabies vaccines MUST be given by a LICENSED VETERINARIAN. If your animals or pets are behaving abnormally, you should have them examined by a veterinarian.
If you or your pets have had any contact with a wild animal, please call The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County at 386-326-3200, Animal Control at 386-329-0396, or the Sheriff’s Office at 386-329-0800.
Contact: Kena Foster RN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20th 2013
Dear Health Care Provider:
I am writing to inform you that Sanofi Pasteur is currently unable to meet market demand for several products following a delay in the release of new lots. This delay resulted from an anomaly identified during a routine test procedure of one of the filling lines. Since a repeat test is required, all products from that filling line are delayed and include Adacel®a vials, DAPTACEL®b, and Pentacel®c vaccines, as well as TUBERSOL®d Diagnostic Antigen. These products are either out of stock or on allocation to manage the limited remaining supply.
We are working to resolve the issue by mid-October 2013 and are taking the necessary steps to assure the quality of our products. It is important to note that all products released for distribution to the market passed all required tests, and there are no known safety issues with these products.
We understand that this is disappointing news, and we thank you, our valued customer, for your commitment to Sanofi Pasteur. We recognize the challenges that health care providers, patients, and parents face when there are limited supplies of vaccine. Sanofi Pasteur is working tirelessly to help meet our customers’ needs for our vaccines.
Sanofi Pasteur has a decades-long history of protecting public health through its vaccines. The development and production of high quality, safe and effective vaccines and biological products remains Sanofi Pasteur's highest priority.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to continuing to partner with you for your immunization needs.
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a Adacel (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed).
b DAPTACEL (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed).
c Pentacel (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate [Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate] Vaccine).
d TUBERSOL (Tuberculin Purified Protein Derivative [Mantoux]).
Pentacel vaccine is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Limited and Sanofi Pasteur SA and distributed by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. DAPTACEL vaccine and TUBERSOL Diagnostic Antigen are manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Limited and distributed by Sanofi Pasteur Inc. Adacel vaccine is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur SA and distributed by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jane Zentko MS, RD, LD/N
August 1, 2013 (386) 326-3222
World Breastfeeding Week 2013
Palatka, Florida – World Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated worldwide August 1-7, 2013. The 2013 World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, highlights the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families.
Infant feeding is one of the most important decisions that new families make. Evidence is clear that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed an infant. Research shows that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for their first six months of life are more likely to develop a wide range of chronic and acute diseases including ear infections, diarrheal diseases, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, obesity and respiratory illnesses. Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding with a decreased risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
Despite most mothers wanting to breastfeed, many are met with multiple and complex barriers that keep them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. Support and encouragement from all angles can make success possible. The “Five Circles of Support” Family and Social Network, Healthcare, Workplace and Employment, Government/Legislation and Response to Crisis or Emergency, all surrounding women in the center circle are vital in providing support to breastfeeding families.
During the month of August, Florida Department of Health in Putnam County WIC Agency will be recognizing breastfeeding families and physicians who promote breastfeeding in their practice.
World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated globally by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). For more information regarding breastfeeding in Putnam County please contact the Florida Department of Health WIC Agency at 386-326-3216 or visit our web page at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdputnam/wic.html.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kena Foster (386) 326-3200
July 28th 2013 Senior Community Health Nursing Director
Palatka — The Florida Department of Health in Putnam County remind residents and visitors of the importance of protecting against mosquito-borne illnesses during the summer rainy season, which includes peak mosquito activity months. Most people that become ill will have mild symptoms including headache, fever, dizziness, and fatigue. Physicians should contact the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County if they suspect an individual may have a mosquito-borne illness.
The public should remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites by following the “5 D’s,” which are:
- Dusk and Dawn – Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are biting.
- Dress – Wear clothing that coversmost ofyour skin.
- DEET – When the potential exists for exposure to mosquitoes, repellents containing up to 30 percent DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) are recommended. Other effective mosquito repellents include picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535.
- Drainage – Check aroundyour home to rid the area of standing water, which is where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.
Using repellent can help protect against being bitten by a mosquito. Follow these tips for correct repellent use:
• Always read label instructions for the approved usage before applying a repellent. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children less than 3 years old.
• Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when outside.
• Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent first to their own hands and then transfer it to the child’s skin and clothing.
• Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or onto clothing, but not under clothing. Do not apply repellent to the eyes or mouth, cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
• Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when outside.
DOH continues to conduct statewide surveillance for mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, malaria, and dengue. Residents of Florida are encouraged to report dead birds via the web site http://myfwc.com/bird/. For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses or prevention contact Kena Foster at the Florida Department of Health in Putnam County (386) 326-3200.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Powell
May 22, 2013 (386) 326-3253
Local Teen(s) Help Lead Statewide Movement Against Tobacco
Putnam SWAT youth achieve Flavored Tobacco Resolution
Palatka, Florida – Members of Putnam County Students Working Against Tobacco appeared before the Putnam County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday May 14, 2013 to present the issue of flavored tobacco products not covered by the FDA. Abriyah Campbell, County Chairperson for SWAT lead the presentation along with SWAT members: Kayla Spengemann, Wayne Walker, Lameria Campbell, and State Chair Kahreem Golden. Putnam County Tobacco Free Partnership members
Dr. Eric Jump and Chris Glymph were on hand for community support and encouraged the Commissioners to vote favorably on the Resolution. The presentation included images and samples of products that are currently available and products being test marketed. The youth had collected more than 2,000 signatures in support of banning these types of products.
In 2009 President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act which gave regulatory power over tobacco to the Food and Drug Administration. The act outlawed flavored cigarettes excluding menthol, but left regulation of other products to local and state jurisdictions. Under this authority, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted a Resolution urging all local retailers who sell tobacco products to cease the sale and marketing of all flavored tobacco products, which are defined as loose tobacco including snuff flour, plug and twist tobacco, fine cuts, chewing tobacco, SNUS, smoking or snuffing tobacco products, and all other kinds and forms of tobacco, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco products and blunt wraps, prepared in such a manner with the purpose of chewing, inhaling, smoking or ingesting in any manner which have been flavored through the addition of natural or artificial flavorings, herbs, spices or other means with flavors characterizing fruit, candy, alcohol or other similar flavorings.
ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
Tobacco Free Florida (TFF) is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program. TFF’s mission is to combat the pervasive problem of tobacco use in the Sunshine State, where each year, more than 28,000 Floridians die from smoking and tobacco-related diseases cost the state an estimated $19.6 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity.
Since its inception in February 2008, TFF has reached millions of Floridians through advertising, grassroots initiatives, social media, and public relations efforts as a means of providing information and offer resources to help tobacco users quit. Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a quit coach. To learn about TFF and the state’s free quit smoking resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter at twitter.com/tobaccofreefla.
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PUTNAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT JOINS WITH ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
DURING NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH ®
ENCOURAGINGEVERYONE TO ‘EAT RIGHT, YOUR WAY, EVERY DAY’
Palatka–Putnam County Health Department is proud to join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics during Marchin celebrating National Nutrition Month®. This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Eat Right, Your Way,and Every Day” and encourages consumers to develop a healthful eating plan that incorporates individual food choices and preferences, states Jane A. Zentko MS, RD, LD/N, Nutrition Program Director.
Here are a few ways to “Eat Right, Your Way,Every Day” from the food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
- Personalize your eating style: The easiest way to get the nutrients your body needs is to eat healthy foods you enjoy. Finding good-for-you foods that please your palette makes eating healthfully special and exciting.
- Eat for your lifestyle: Athletic, vegetarian/vegan, corporate and family lifestylesall have special nutritional needs, but eating right can be easy and tasty with attention to those foods that best help get you through the day.
- Incorporate cultural and ethnic traditions: Foods from around the globe often incorporate an abundance ofunique, flavorful and nourishing ingredients. Keep traditions alive and bring the world to your family’s table.
- Keep health concerns in mind: A healthful eating plan can help prevent and treat a variety of health concerns. With modification and moderation, you can still enjoy many of your favorite foods while meeting your nutritional needs and health goals.
- Make MyPlate your plate: Fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and vegetables; keep protein portions lean and about three ounces; make at least half of your grain choices whole grains; and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy.
Initiated in 1973 as a week-long event, “National Nutrition Week” became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition. Additionally, to commemorate the dedication of RDs as advocates for advancing the nutritional health of Americans and people around the world, the second Wednesday of March has been designated “Registered Dietitian Day.” In 2013, RD Day is celebrated on March 13.
As part of this public education campaign, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’National Nutrition Month website includes a variety of helpful tips, fun games, promotional tools and nutrition education resources, all designed to spread the message of good nutrition around the “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” theme.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SEEKING FEEDBACK ON STATE HEALTH ASSESSMENT REPORT
~Draft report shows health and quality of life information across the state~
TALLAHASSEE- As part of the state health improvement process, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and its partners have conducted a comprehensive community health assessment of health and quality of life in Florida. The first-ever report will be used to inform communities, develop priorities, mobilize resources and take action. The Department has already responded to the report’s findings by launching the Healthiest Weight initiative, which seeks to help individuals and communities achieve healthy weight and lifestyle through public-private partnerships.
“The State Health Assessment is a useful tool to help us improve the focus and effectiveness of public health services in Florida,” said Deputy Secretary for Statewide Services Meade Grigg. “Using the data gathered from the assessment, the Department will be better able to address the ever-changing health needs of Floridians.”
A diverse group of subject matter experts conducted four types of assessments, including priority health and quality of life; organizations that contribute to the public’s health; important health issues as perceived by state residents; and additional health influences (legislation, funding, technology, etc.) The report includes data on social and economic conditions, health risk factors, availability of resources, the impact of communities and environments on health and an assessment of the state’s public health system.
DOH staff and partners used the State Health Assessment to identify the following state health priorities: Protecting Floridians from infectious and environmental threats, injuries, and man-made disasters; Preventing chronic disease including type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, and obesity related cancers; Working in communities to maximize partnerships, increase safety and increase access to physical activity; Improving access to care; and Ensuring continuous improvement, accountability and sustainability.
The Department encourages Floridians to provide feedback on the report for improving and promoting the health of the state.
DOH will revise the report based on feedback provided and will publish final results online by Feb. 28, 2013, at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/Planning_eval/FloridaMAPP/SHA/index.html. The report will be updated every four years as part of a continuous cycle of health improvement planning.
For Immediate Release: 8/29/12
PUTNAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU & PNEUMONIA SHOTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Palatka, FL. –
Flu & Pneumonia shots are now available. Flu $26.00 Pneumonia $70.00
Monday thru Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
It is recommended that you call our office to confirm clinic times on the day you would like to come in. This is a walk-in clinic.
We also have High Dose Pneumonia for individuals ages 65 and over. Medicare Part B will cover the cost of your Flu & Pneumonia vaccines. If you do not have Medicare Part B, and are 65 and older, your cost will be $41.00 for the Flu vaccine and $70.00 for the Pneumonia vaccine.
The Flu vaccine is available for children ages 6 months thru 18 years of age, at no cost.
For more information, contact the Putnam County Health Department: 386-326-3200
For more information, contact: David Pollard 386-326-3280
For Immediate Release: 7/12/12
PUTNAM COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT EARNS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS RECOGNITION
Putnam County Health Department is Honored as "Public Health Ready"
Palatka, FL. – As local health departments nationwide strive to protect the public from infectious diseases, bioterrorism, natural disasters, and other public health threats, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have recognized Putnam County Health Department for its ability to respond to public health emergencies.
Putnam County Health Department met the comprehensive preparedness benchmarks required to be recognized by Project Public Health Ready (PPHR), a unique partnership between NACCHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Putnam CHD joins a cohort of nearly 300 local health departments across the country that has distinguished their agencies' preparedness efforts through PPHR.
"We are proud to have been recognized by Project Public Health Ready for our high level of preparedness," said Robin Wright, Administrator of the Putnam County Health Department. "We will continue to improve our ability to quickly and effectively respond to any public health crisis in Putnam County."
"NACCHO commends Putnam County Health Department for being a model of public health emergency preparedness," said Robert Pestronk, Executive Director of NACCHO. "The public health system is making great strides thanks to the good work of leaders in local public health preparedness such as Putnam County Health Department."
Local health departments recognized by PPHR undergo a rigorous evaluation by peer review. PPHR required Putnam County Health Department to meet a set of national standards for public health preparedness in three key areas: preparedness planning; workforce competency; and demonstration of all-hazards readiness through exercises or a response to a real event. PPHR recognition confirms that Putnam County Health Department has a thorough and coordinated emergency response plan in place, that agency staff members are trained, and that the agency exercises the plan and uses it during public health emergencies.
The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.