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Recent measles and whooping cough cases emphasize need for vaccinations

Recent measles and whooping cough cases emphasize need for vaccinations

Polk County, FL -- August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and recent vaccine-preventable diseases discovered in Polk County are an unfortunate reminder that vaccines are important.

Last month, measles was diagnosed in a young adult visiting Polk County who had just returned from a trip oversees.  One of the countries visited was experiencing clusters of measles.  The person was hospitalized and has since recovered. They had not received the recommended vaccinations against measles as children or before traveling.

Symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include (in order of appearance):

Defend yourself against high mosquito activity in Polk Co.

Defend yourself against high mosquito activity in Polk Co.

Polk County, FL -- With the onset of the rainy season, Polk County is experiencing a significant increase in biting mosquito populations. Heavy rainfall, soil depressions, and flooded or low-lying areas create favorable mosquito-breeding conditions.

The Polk County Health Department and Board of County Commissioners wants to remind residents and visitors to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes that may cause disease.

To protect yourself from mosquitoes, you should remember to practice the “5 D’s” and “1 S”:

10 News and friends bring All American Blood Drive to Lakeland

10 News and friends bring All American Blood Drive to Lakeland

Lakeland, Florida -- 10 News -WTSP has teamed up with WQYK 99.5 FM, Florida Blood Services, and Sweetbay Supermarkets to sponsor "Ten News All American Blood Drive" on Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1, 2011, to help build our community's blood supply as we prepare for the long Independence Day Holiday weekend ahead.

Florida Blood Services will have bloodmobiles onsite from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., at the following location in Lakeland on Thursday only:

  • 6220 US Hwy 98 N Lakeland

All lifesaving donors will receive

LRMC announces reorganization

LRMC announces reorganization

Lakeland, FL -- Lakeland Regional Medical Center announced Thursday, June 23 plans for a reorganization that will reduce 277 positions from its workforce of 4,636. 

This reorganization affects 133 people currently working at the hospital; the other positions are vacant and will not be filled. 

LRMC’s A2 bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service has been threatened the past two years by the challenges to financial security. The May 2011 rating report notes the hospital’s low operating margin of .3% compared to the 5% considered healthy for A2-rated healthcare organizations. The report also references Polk County’s weak demographics, including high unemployment rate (11%, above the national average); and high and increasing Medicaid exposure as the county’s safety net provider. The hospital’s aging facility was another area of concern. The report outlook states that the inability to show improvement will result in a negative rating.

Lakeland power plant ranked among worst in NAACP report

Lakeland power plant ranked among worst in NAACP report

Lakeland, FL -- A new national NAACP report identifies five coal-fired power plants in Florida as among the most harmful in the nation for low-income communities and communities of color.

On Friday, June 24, the NAACP will hold a “teach-in” in Tampa to educate community members and urge for the plants to be shut down.

‘Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People’ analyzes emissions and demographic factors - – including race, income, and surrounding population – to calculate “environmental justice scores” for the nation’s 431 coal-fired power plants.

Five Florida plants receive grades of “D+” or worse in the report:

Free Dental services today!

Free Dental services today!

Lakeland, Florida -- If you don't have dental insurance and have some free time today, Village Plaza Dental Designs is offering free dental services until 1 p.m. today.

Dr. Eric Ebuen says they will be doing cleanings, fillings and extractions throughout the morning.

He and his staff expect to assist at least 250 people by the end of the event.