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Florida Department of Health Promotes Better Health for Babies During National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— As part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the Florida Department of Health is raising awareness about the important steps families can take to improve the health of babies and reduce the impact of birth defects. Of the more than 220,000 babies born in Florida each year, one in 33 may be diagnosed with a major birth defect before their first birthday. This year’s theme is Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection and it is especially relevant as Zika virus poses a significant risk to pregnant women and their babies.

With the 2016-2017 flu season in full swing and influenza activity increasing across the state, it is critical that all Floridians get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others. It is never too late to get your flu shot.

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Health Care Providers Play Important Role in Fight Against Human Trafficking

Health Care Providers Play Important Role in Fight Against Human Trafficking

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During January's Human Trafficking Awareness month, the Florida Department of Health is highlighting the important role that health care providers can play in identifying and helping victims of Human Trafficking, many of whom are minors. Since most victims of human trafficking may have contact with a health care professional during the time they are trafficked, it is crucial that employees in a health care setting have the appropriate training to help identify and assist potential victims.

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