More shots will be required for school
Is your child entering kindergarten in August? If so, make sure he or she has had the two required doses of the varicella, or chicken pox, immunization — not the one dose previously required.
Or, you must have documentation that the child has had the disease.
School administrators worry that not all physicians are aware of the change in state requirements, said Pinellas County school spokeswoman Andrea Zahn. They don't want children to be turned away from schools because they report without the proper immunizations.
Here are all the K-12 immunizations required for the 2008-09 school year:
• Four or five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.
• Two or three doses of hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine.
• Three or four doses of polio vaccine.
• Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.
• Two doses of varicella vaccine for kindergarten. This is a new requirement.
• One dose of varicella vaccine for grades 1-7.
For students entering seventh grade, here is an additional requirement that must be met before admission:
• One tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diphtheria booster (Td).
For more information, call Rita Becchetti at (727) 588-6320.
Health center to give
The Willa Carson Health Resource Center, 1108 N Martin Luther King Ave., Clearwater will provide stroke awareness information to the public from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.
The center provides basic health services to the community free of charge. Community outreach is made possible through doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who donate their services. Call (727) 467-9411.
Hospital to screen
for healthy hearts
Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital is conducting a Healthy Heart Day Expo from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 30 at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.
Heart-related screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, peripheral artery disease, body fat, blood sugar and EKGs will be offered, along with cardiovascular health information. A bone density screening will also be available and is a useful tool in the detection of osteoporosis.
Reservations are required and space is limited. Call (727) 943-3600 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
Heart association offers world of info
The American Heart Association is in your community with programs, activities and life-saving information. To learn more, call toll-free at 1-800-275-0448 or visit www.americanheart.org.
Nursing camp open
to middle school kids
Applications are now being accepted from middle school students interested in nursing for the first Morton Plant Mease Camp Nurse Jr.
The camp runs June 23-27 at 818 Milwaukee Ave., Dunedin (across from the Mease Dunedin Hospital emergency room).
The free summer camp is an opportunity for 15 students entering seventh or eighth grades to tour Mease Dunedin Hospital, learn CPR, talk with nurses and learn what it's like to be a nurse. To qualify, students must have at least a 2.75 grade-point average and a letter of reference from a teacher.
Applications and submission instructions can be found at www.baycarejobs.org or by calling Deborah Covert at (727) 736-9805. Applications must be completed and submitted by June 9.
(free unless otherwise noted)
Cancer Support Group (Women): 2:30 p.m. today (the third Tuesday of the month), fourth-floor Family Resource Room, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road., Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
Caregivers Support Group: 2 p.m., May 28 (the fourth Wednesday of the month), Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Room 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road., Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group: 10 a.m., Monday (the second and fourth Mondays of the month), Room 114, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.
BIRTH CENTER TOUR: 7:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road., Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
Boot Camp for New Dads: 10 a.m. Saturday, Tuttle Auditorium, Morton Plant Hospital, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500. Fee.
Breastfeeding-Part 1: 6:30 p.m. today, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road., Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500. Fee.
Infant/Child CPR: 6 p.m. Thursday, Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium A through D, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500. Fee.
Newborn Care: 7 p.m. May 27, Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 4 and 5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road., Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500. Fee.
Newborn Care: 7 p.m. May 29, Sarah Walker Women's Center, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7743. Fee.
Nursing Moms Care and Share (toddlers): 10 a.m. the second Friday of the month, Sarah Walker Women's Center, Multipurpose room, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7743.
AWAKE, Sleep Support Group: 7 p.m. today (the third Tuesday of the month), Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
CPAP/BI-PAP Clinic: 10 a.m. today and May 27, Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.
CPAP/BI-PAP Clinic: 9 a.m. Wednesday and May 28, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, (727) 462-7500.
United Ostomy Association of America Support Group: 1:30 p.m., the third Saturday of the month, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.