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World Hepatitis Testing Day this Friday - free testing for 18+

World Hepatitis Testing Day this Friday - free testing for 18+

Bartow - The Polk County Health Department (PCHD) recognizes May as National Hepatitis Awareness Month to spread the word about the global impact of viral hepatitis, and the importance of preventing hepatitis-related liver disease.

In honor of the month, The Polk County Health Department will provide free hepatitis testing and vaccines for adults18 and older on World Hepatitis Testing Day, May 18, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Bartow Immunizations Clinic, 1255 Brice Boulevard, in Bartow.

LRCC participates in clinical trial for metastatic melanoma

LRCC participates in clinical trial for metastatic melanoma

Lakeland, Florida-- Lakeland Regional Cancer Center (LRCC) is proud to have been initiated as the only enrolling site in the eastern United States for a metastatic melanoma clinical trial. 

LRCC is now in the process of screening patients.

The trial, which is developed by OncoSec Medical Incorporated, is designed to assess local and distant objective response following treatment of cutaneous melanoma lesions with DNA IL-12 and electroporation with a primary endpoint of 24 weeks.

Saddle-up for a good cause

Saddle-up for a good cause

Bartow, Florida - Mark your calendars this Saturday, March 17 for the Cattle Baron's Ball.

The American Cancer Society's Cattle Baron's Ball is a "denim and diamonds" event that will host guests for an evening of dining, dancing, great music, gaming, entertainment, auctions and other special attractions.

Organizers invite folks to celebrate the organization's 11th Cattle Baron's Ball Fundraiser and participate in the biggest and best party in Polk County.

Polk County Health Dept. praised for readiness

Polk County Health Dept. praised for readiness

Bartow, Fla. -- Residents of Bartow and other parts of Polk County can breathe a bit easier if faced with a major emergency.

The Polk County Health Department has been recognized as "ready" if a public-health emergency strikes.

The National Association of County and City Health Officials recently recognized the department, for the second time, for its ability to respond in a crisis.

Polk Co. Health Dept. recognizes anti-tobacco work

Polk Co. Health Dept. recognizes anti-tobacco work

Lakeland, FL -- On Feb. 10, the Tobacco Free Partnership of Polk County, along with the Polk County Medical Association and Central Florida Area Health Education Center, recognized Cauney Bamberg for her work to help people kick the habit.

As a past Chair and long-time supporter of the Tobacco Free Partnership, Bamberg has played a key role in developing the Partnership over the years.

Trim Nutrition joins the Battalion

Trim Nutrition joins the Battalion

Lakeland, FL -- The Lakeland Raiders are feeling great about the upcoming season.  After a very successful Fan Fest, the Raiders are back to work getting ready for the 2012 season.

"The staff is doing a great job and training camp is next," said Raiders Head Coach Michael Mink. 

The Raiders will open their Inaugural game against the Rome Rampage on March 10.

Polk Co. exceeds state goal for immunizations

Polk Co. exceeds state goal for immunizations

Polk County, FL -- The Polk County Health Department announced the release of the Florida Kindergarten and 7th Grade Immunization Status Report for 2011-12.

Each October, all public and private schools nationwide with a kindergarten and/or 7th grade class are required to submit reports on the immunization status of those students.  The information is then compiled and sent to the Bureau of Immunizations.