Centers for Disease Control

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

Lax oversight raises concerns about school flu shots

In the wake of parents protesting that some Santa Rosa school students were given flu vaccinations against their wishes, questions are being raised about the large Jacksonville company that administers the shots with minimal oversight. Public documents and interviews with government officials indicate that although the Santa Rosa County School District abruptly suspended the flu […]

Travel-related case of Zika reported in Santa Rosa County

Travel-related case of Zika reported in Santa Rosa County

County Urges Residents to Protect Against Mosquitoes The Florida Department of Health has reported six new cases of Zika in Florida that are travel-associated, bringing the total to nine for the state. Miami-Dade has four reported cases, Hillsborough has two, Lee has two and Santa Rosa has one. According to the Centers for Disease Control, […]

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week

During National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 6- 12, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) would like to remind everyone that it is not too late to get a flu shot.  A yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone six months of age and older and is the first and most […]

CDC declares flu epidemic

CDC declares flu epidemic

The CDC this week declared a national flu epidemic after 15 deaths were reported, including two in Florida. The flu is widespread throughout 35 states, according to the CDC, with high activity levels reported throughout the south. Since Oct. 1, 9.7 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population were reported. According to the CDC, flu symptoms […]

Beautiful colors helped focus on autism

Beautiful colors helped focus on autism

Colorful powder filled the air April 5 in Fort Walton Beach as hundreds of runners and walkers participated in the third annual Going the Distance for Autism Color Run. The event supported the Autism Society of the Emerald Coast, a nonprofit that provides support for individuals with autism and their families. According to the Centers […]