Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all peo-
ple in Florida through integrated state, county, & community
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Send Your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder
that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back
packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vac-

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure chil-
dren are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Florida Department of
Health in Franklin County is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing Au-
gust as National Immunization Awareness Month.

Immunizations are available at both clinic locations by appointment or walk ins. For more information, call the Florida
Department of Health in Franklin County at (850)653-2111 or 697-4121.

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important
things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Vanessa Eden-
field, R.N., School Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County. “If you haven’t done
so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

Florida schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.
Health entry examinations (physicals) are also required for students entering school for the first time or the current
physical must be within a year of the first date of school.

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles,
and whooping cough. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in
their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weak-
ened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. School-age children need vaccines. For example, chil-
dren who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chicken-
pox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diph-
theria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and
HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition,
yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older as
well as adults. Adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years. People age 65 and
older also need a pneumonia shot.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html or call the Florida Department of
Health in Franklin County at (850)653-2111 or 697-4121.

SWAT and LUNGFORCE Presentation at CVS-Store !
On Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Franklin County
SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco)
did a presentation to Ms. Donna Thornton,
General Manager of CVS –Store #5165 with
a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the
National President and CEO of the American
Lung Association for their support of the
LUNGFORCE movement and its fight
against lung cancer, especially in women. A
Thank you was also given to CVS Caremark
again for making the decision to eliminate
the sale of all tobacco products in their

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons—the joy-
ful boning with your baby, the cost savings, and all the health benefits
for both mother and baby. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an
investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the
food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy
start that will last a lifetime.

Breastfeeding also:

 Protects you baby
 Benefits your health
 May make your life easier
 Benefits society

World Breastfeeding Week
August 1-7, 2014
We would like to wish the following staff a Happy Birthday!

The newsletter is written by Talitha Robinson. The information is provided on the purpose of education only and is not for the
use to diagnose and/or treat any medical and/or mental health condition.
For specific medical advice, diagnosis, and/or treatment please contact your primary care provider.

Sydney Cummings 8/15
Dr. Ivan Backerman 8/19
Ellie Tullis 8/23

Florida Department of Health in Franklin County
Two Location to Serve You!
Apalachicola Clinic
139 12th Street
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
Phone: (850) 653-2111
Carrabelle Clinic
106 NE 5th Street
Carrabelle, Fl 32322
Phone: (850) 697-4121