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Health notes: Students must have shots to be admitted to school

Students who arrive for the first day of school without the proper immunizations will be excluded from classes. There is a new requirement for kindergarten, and the required seventh-grade booster is often overlooked. State law prohibits admitting students without the proper immunizations.

K-12 immunizations required for the 2008-2009 school year:

• Four or five doses of diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine.

• Three doses of hepatitis B vaccine (there is a two-dose vaccine for children 11-15; check with your physician).

• Three or four doses of polio vaccine.

•Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine.

NEW! Two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine for kindergarten.

• One dose of varicella vaccine for grades 1-7.

For students entering seventh-grade, there is an additional requirement of one tetanus-diptheria-pertussis booster.

Immunizations may be obtained from a private physician or free of charge at Pinellas County Health Department locations:

• 6350 76th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.

• 12420 130th Ave., Largo.

• 310 Myrtle Ave., Clearwater.

• 301 S Disston Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Call Rita Becchetti at (727) 588-6320.


More than 50 local vendors will provide free product samples and health screenings 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the annual health fair at Hamptons of Clearwater, 1099 McMullen Booth Road.

Products and services available include screenings for skin cancer, oral cancer, glaucoma, diabetes, hearing loss, blood pressure and balance; bone density tests; body mass index analysis; medication review; and mini massage.

Physicians and other health care professionals will answer questions. Free parking available at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Call (727) 726-8861.


Families and friends of addicts share experiences, strength and hope at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.

The Nar-Anon Family Groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else's addiction. Visit or e-mail naranonfamily


A workshop dealing with addictions, depression, bipolar disorder and codependency will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Gathering Place at Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

Topics will include how to use a unique toolbox of recovery to re-evaluate self-worth and come to a place of positive thinking and spirituality. Lunch is included.

There is a suggested donation of $7. Reserve a space by calling (727) 822-3480 or e-mail


Dr. David Minkoff will discuss how environmental toxins sabotage the body and describe a set of unique steps to optimize body systems and return to health naturally at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at LifeWorks Wellness Center, 301 Turner St., Clearwater. Seating is limited. Register by calling (727) 466-6789.


Dr. Jerome Hall explains how a macrobiotic diet can improve health and happiness at a free lecture "Taking the Mysteries Out of Macrobiotics" at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Call (727) 443-6703.

Seminars/ support groups

(Free unless otherwise noted.)

Nami-pinellas family support group: Family members of those afflicted with mental illness meet 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, (727) 791-3434.

T.O.P.S. (Take off pounds sensibly): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.

Overeaters Anonymous: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays in the library of Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., call Maryl (727) 772-7043.

Codependents Anonymous (central Pinellas): 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Bible Fellowship Church, 4670 East Bay Drive, Largo. Call (727) 365-4896.

Strong for life fitness (senior exercise for 50-plus): noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at the Oldsmar Senior Center, 127 State St., Oldsmar, (813) 749-1195. Fee for nonmembers.

cancer support group (women): 2:30 p.m. today (third Tuesday of every month), Family Resource Room, fourth floor, Shaffer Tower, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

Alzheimer's caregiver's support group: 10 a.m. Monday (second and fourth Monday of every month), Room 114, Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, (727) 462-7500.

birth center tour: 7:15 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

Health notes: Students must have shots to be admitted to school 08/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 7:46am]
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