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St. Johns County Health Department Lifts Rabies Alert

St. Johns County Health Department Lifts Rabies Alert

 

The St. Johns County Health Department has lifted a 60 day rabies alert that resulted from a report of aggressive behavior in a raccoon.

Reduce P.E. While childhood Obesity Rising ?

The American Heart Association strongly opposes House Bill 4057, by State Representative Larry Metz, removing the requirement for Middle School Physical Education. 

Currently 30% of Florida’s youth are overweight or obese.  As these students get older, their obesity problem just gets worse.  

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season

Watch What You Touch During Cold and Flu Season

 

With the start of flu season here, it’s time to start thinking about staying healthy. Nothing can ruin the holidays like a bad case of the flu. Memorial Hospital Medical Director Dr. Gary Winfield says the best thing you can do is get a flu shot. “The flu shot is our best weapon against the flu,” Dr. Winfield said. “It can prevent you from getting the flu, or if you do get it, it can make your symptoms less severe.”

Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition and Tobacco Free Florida

Today marks the 36th Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The Tobacco Free Jacksonville Coalition with the Duval County Health Department, the Florida Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida are celebrating this event by encouraging Floridians to commit to being tobacco-free for 24 hours on Thursday.

Rabies Alert for Area Around School for Deaf and Blind

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- As expected, the St. Johns County Health Department has issued a rabies alert in reaction to a recent raccoon attack.

The attack happened Tuesday at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, just north of downtown St. Augustine, and the alert covers only the immediate area around the school.

Even so, the health department used this alert to remind all county residents that rabies is present in wild animals throughout the area.

The alert is valid for 60 days in the area between May Street and State Road 16 south to north, and from U.S. 1 to the Intracoastal Waterway west and east.