Monthly Archives: January 2015

Welcome Karen G. Fowler – Area 7 Field Rep for Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceola, Polk

Highlands County Immunization Task Force

We miss Leroy Dux as our Immunization Field Rep and appreciate CaSandra Mclain for carrying the torch.  And now, let us welcome Karen Fowler, Operations and Management Consultant I with the Immunization Program, as our new Immunization Field Representative for Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Osceloa, and Polk County.  Karen can be reached at the Polk CHD in Bartow, 863-519-7900 ext. 11226.  Email Karen.Fowler@flhealth.gov.

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What Is Meningitis, Anyway?

PKIDS not only gives great information through their blog, but their website is an awesome resource!

PKIDs Blog

At PKIDs, we help families affected by infectious diseases, and we work to educate ourselves and others about these diseases. Our goal is to prevent infections.

In 2015, we’re turning the spotlight on meningitis, or more accurately, meningococcal disease.

Meningitis is scary—and confusing. For instance, if I say that I have meningitis, it sounds like I’m saying I’m infected with a No More Meningitisgerm called meningitis. But, there is no germ called “meningitis.”

Adding to the confusion is the fact that we tend to use that term loosely for what should be called “meningococcal disease.”

Meningococcal disease causes meningitis, and it may also cause blood poisoning (septicemia).

WHAT IS MENINGITIS?

Our brains and spinal cords are protected by three layers of tissues, one on top of the other, along with a thin river of fluid that runs between the middle and bottom layers. That river, the cerebrospinal fluid, helps the tissues…

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Giving MMR Vaccine Early To Protect Children Against Measles

This is an excellent post, especially for anyone concerned about the measles outbreak in California. The bottom line is seeking information from your local, trusted health providers.

Shot of Prevention

MeaslesAs the number of measles cases tied to the Disneyland outbreak continues to rise, parents are growing concerned about possible measles exposure in children who are not yet old enough to receive their first dose of MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine.  The CDC recommendation is to administer the first dose of MMR between the ages of 12-15 months.  However, this recommendation leaves children under one year of age at risk, and so Abigail, like many other parents with young children, raised her concerns on our Vaccinate Your Baby Facebook page by asking

Does anyone have information on giving the MMR vaccine early? My child is just 6 months old. We live in Southern California, a hotbed of the latest measles outbreak. We’re right in it…even our local grocery store was exposed. 

I’m a stay at home mom and he has no siblings, and at this point, we are not taking him…

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