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North Pinellas health notes

Babysitting class focuses on safety

In association with the American Safety & Health Institute, a "Safe Sitter" babysitting class for ages 13 and older will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oldsmar Fire Rescue, 225 Pine Ave. N. The class will be taught by a certified Oldsmar Fire Rescue professional. Participants will receive an instruction book and certification cards will be issued upon class completion.

Class cost is $15 per person.

For more information or to register, call (813) 749-1200.

New immunization required for 7th grade

For the 2009-10 school year, all students entering or attending seventh grade will be required to have a Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) before attending class. A Td will not be accepted. If the student had a recent Td, a temporary medical exemption for school entry will be required, and it must be documented on the Blue 680 Immunization Record by the Department of Health clinic or a physician's office. This will let the student wait from two to five years from the date of the Td immunization before being immunized with Tdap.

Following are the K-12 state immunizations requirements for the 2009-10 school year:

• Four or five doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP) vaccine.

• Three doses of hepatitis B (hepB) vaccine.

• Three or four doses of polio (IPV) vaccine.

• Two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

• New this year: Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) for seventh grade only.

Students attending kindergarten or first grade are required to have two varicella immunizations (or documented evidence of disease). Grades 2-8 are required to have one varicella.

The 2009-10 school year begins Aug. 25. Parents are urged to review their child's immunizations now. For additional information, visit, or contact Pinellas County Schools' Health Services, (727) 588-6320.

Seminars, classes and support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Room F108, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; Thursdays 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave.; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Dry Dock, 1733 Alt. U.S. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit

RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 525-1749.

TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 9-10 a.m. weigh-in, 10-11 a.m. meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1025 Union St., Clearwater. Call Beulah Little at (727) 461-7101. There is a fee for this class.

Cancer patients' hope and caregivers support group: 2 p.m. Wednesday (the fourth Wednesday of the month), Room 4 and 3, respectively, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

newborn care: 7 p.m. Wednesday Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500. There is a fee for this class.

cpap/bipap clinic: 10 a.m. today (clinic meets all Tuesdays) Mease Countryside Hospital Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, (727) 462-7500.

cpap/bipap clinic: 9 a.m. Wednesday (meets all Wednesdays), Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Suite 210, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, (727) 462-7500.

North Pinellas health notes 06/22/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 22, 2009 5:56pm]
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