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Flagler Health Department Chief Calls School Board Member ‘Anti-Science’ in Vaccine Clash

| August 23, 2019

Flagler Health Department Administrator Robert Snyder in a live show on WNZF today accused School Board member Maria Barbosa of being “anti-science” and “anti-vaccines,” in a discussion on making the HPV vaccine available to students in schools.

Divided School Board Stops Short of Killing Voluntary HPV Vaccine to 6th Graders

| August 21, 2019

The Flagler Health Department wants to offer free, voluntary HPV vaccines to 6th graders in Flagler schools, but three school board members are unwilling to agree without first seeing whether enough parents want the offer.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know

| August 21, 2019

The complete Centers for Disease Control’s Vaccine Information Statement regarding the HPV vaccine to prevent infection with human papillomavirus.

Flagler Health Department Expands Hepatitis Clinic, Marking Hepatitis Day 2019

| July 27, 2019

The Flagler Health Department in Bunnell has renewed its commitment to diagnosing and treating Hepatitis after receiving grant for Hepatitis C treatment and clinic expansion.

As Hepatatis Rates Continue to Rise, Flagler Health Department Offers Free Screenings Through July

| July 9, 2019

Baby boomers are 75 percent of Hep C cases. That’s because blood products weren’t screened for Hepatitis C before 1992, and many were likely infected when the disease was at its height during the 70s and 80s.

Flagler’s HIV Rate More Than Doubled in 2017; Health Department Offers Free Screening on Thursday

| June 26, 2019

With the HIV infection rate reaching its highest level in Flagler County in 20 years in 2017, the Flagler Department of Health will offer free HIV screenings for county residents at the department’s facility in Bunnell on June 27 in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

Flagler Health Department Wants To Offer Free HPV Vaccine to Teen Students, But School Board Is Unconvinced

| June 20, 2019

The HPV vaccine immunizes against the sexually transmitted disease and prevents nine cancers, and local immunization is very low, but two Flagler school board members are not eager to see it offered to 13 to 17 year olds.

Infected By Dangerous Myths, Flagler Has 2nd Highest Rate of Non-Vaccination in Florida

| May 1, 2019

Though the measles outbreak–worst since 1994–hasn’t reached Flagler, it is highlighting a serious vulnerability in the county, where 6 percent of kindergarteners last year had a religious exemption from vaccines.

Flagler Health Department Issues Caution After Emu Tests Positive For Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

| March 31, 2019

Last week, an emu kept as a pet in Flagler County tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, a mosquito-borne alphavirus, first recognized in humans in 1938.

Flagler’s Improved Health Ranking Masks Poor Access to Care and Persistent Obesity and Smoking

| March 29, 2019

Flagler’s health ranking jumped to 9th best in Florida, from 14th last year, in the latest rankings, but the jump masks continuing problems with access to primary and mental health physicians, continuing obesity, smoking and sexually transmitted diseases.

Flagler Health Department Will Provide Free Tdap Vaccine Against Whooping Cough

| March 9, 2019

The vaccine, commonly referred to as Tdap, provides protection against tetanus (lockjaw), diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Florida Law requires that students entering seventh through twelfth grades receive this vaccine, unless the parents file a valid exemption.

After Estimated 80,000 Americans Died of Flu Last Winter, Flagler Health Department
Alerts To Early Flu Shots

| October 12, 2018

The grim numbers reinforce the importance of a flu shot each year, the Florida Department of Health in Flagler stresses, recommending a flu vaccine before Halloween and the start of flu season in November.

Palm Coast Physician Florence Fruehan Accused Of Groping Female Patient; State Orders Him Restricted

| August 8, 2018

Long-time physician Florence R. Fruehan of Palm Coast Urgent Care, who is also an elected official, is under an Emergency Restriction Order from the State Department of Health.

Flagler’s New Breastfeeding Support Group Seeks to Encourage Moms to Hang On

| April 20, 2018

The Flagler Health Department and Florida Hospital Flagler are partnering to provide a bi-monthly breastfeeding support group at the hospital.

A Fifth of Old Kings Elementary Students Absent as School Grapples With Outbreak

| December 18, 2017

54 students were sent home Friday and at least 35 were sent home today after developing flu-like symptoms, but the outbreak appears limited to Old Kings Elementary.

Gov. Scott Declares Emergency In Response To Prescription Drugs and Heroin Deaths

| May 3, 2017

In the four-county district that includes Flagler, only two heroin-deaths deaths were recorded in 2015, eight deaths were attributed to fentanyl, and 43 to prescription drugs overall.

Project Pandemic Prevention: Flagler’s Campaign Against Zika Bats Strategies Around

| September 29, 2016

Today’s joint meeting of Flagler government representatives and health department officials summarized the latest in the Zika outbreak (with two cases locally) as two FPC students prepare to launch a zika-fighting project involving bat houses.

Local Authorities Converge on Areas of Concern as Travel-Related Zika Cases Are Declared in Palm Coast

| September 20, 2016

Mosquito Control officials have been focusing on mosquito hot spots in Palm Coast’s P Section and visited other properties of concern as county officials prepare a county-wide meeting next week to address the local response.

Childhood Cancer Clusters in Florida and The Department of Health’s Lethal Silence

| June 9, 2015

Five years have passed since the University of West Florida’s Dr. Raid Amin and his team alerted the state to the presence of cancer clusters in Florida, the state Department of Health remains mum, seemingly uninterested in investigating the issue.

Administrator Patrick Johnson Calls It Quits as Flagler Health Department Endures Big Changes

| June 1, 2015

Flagler County Health Department Administrator Patrick Johnson is resigning at the end of the month to take a public health post in North Carolina as county departments in Florida see their roles shift and diminish.

Misleading TV Report Raises Overblown Fears About “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria on Beaches

| August 1, 2014

Flagler County Health Department Director Patrick Johnson and his staff have been fielding calls from tourists worried about reports of “flesh-eating” bacteria on local beaches. And they’ve been telling them to relax: the reports are misleading and outright false.

Floridia Mosquitoes Are Spreading Chikungunya Virus Once Limited to Caribbean Travelers

| July 21, 2014

This year, 81 cases of Chikungunya have been identified in Florida, including 15 diagnosed last week, including two contracted in Florida. Until Thursday’s announcement, all the cases had been contracted by people who had been traveling in the Caribbean.

As Health Act Rolls Out, a Small Demonstration With a Big Message: “We ♥ Obamacare”

| October 1, 2013

Just 15 people turned up for the Flagler Democratic Club’s pro-Obamacare demonstration at the county health department at noon Tuesday, marking the first day of the new law’s central provisions of insurance for almost all, but “we’re big in our hearts, and we’re big in meaning and in understanding,” the gathering’s organizer said.

In Wake of 9th Death in Florida, Flagler Health Department Cautions Against Seawater Bacteria

| September 30, 2013

Vibrio vulnificus is a cholera-like bacteria that lurks in warm Intracoastal waters and infects people through raw shellfish or oysters or through open lesions, and causes death 50 percent of the time. Henry Konietzky, 59, is the latest victim to die from exposure to the bacteria as he crabbed in Ormond Beach’s section of the Intracoastal this weekend.

Flagler Democrats Will Demonstrate For Obamacare in Front of Health Department Tuesday

| September 30, 2013

The noon demonstration by the Flagler County Democratic Club marks the first day of Obamacare’s insurance exchanges, and protests Florida’s sustained opposition, and various obstacles, to the law, including the prohibition against use of local health departments to make it easier for the uninsured to get coverage.

Flagler Health Department Launches “Gospel” to Combat Twin Killers: Tobacco and Obesity

| September 5, 2013

Two initiatives will be the centerpiece of the Flagler Health Department’s strategy in the coming year: Tobacco Free Flagler and an effort to reduce the incidence of overweight and obese residents through more awareness of good nutrition, BMI and healthier activities.

As if Flu Wasn’t Enough: Flagler on Alert For New Strain of “Winter Vomiting Disease”

| January 29, 2013

It’s not here yet. But it’s spreading fast: a new, virulent strain of norovirus, an intestinal and very contagious virus that causes projectile vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms, and that has the Flagler County Health Department cautioning schools, hospitals, nursing homes and other such places to beware.

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