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In an effort to assist all seniors in Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa authored a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation addressing the adverse effects of no Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for this year, coupled with likely increases in Medicare Part B premiums.

COLA is linked to the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which is based on the change in prices of a broad range of goods used by people in the workforce. Since consumer prices have been down for the past year, the Social Security Administration announced last year that it would not automatically increase COLA for 2010.

Truckloads of Red Cross supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince and thousands of responders are traveling the streets, providing water and first aid as well as finding lost loved ones and transporting people with serious injuries to nearby health facilities.

“America's support  donations made in the United States to the American Red Cross  is reaching the hands of survivors in Haiti, said Steve McAndrew, disaster relief specialist with the American Red Cross in Port-au-Prince.

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Sophia Hameed, a senior at Miami Sr. High and member of the Interact Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Miami, will be joining 42 Rotary Club members from around the world who will be going to Chandigarh, India to help immunize 161 million children under 5 years of age against polio - a disease that still paralyzes and sometimes kills children in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Sophia, who was born in India and came to the US when she was nine, traveled with her family to India two years ago. After seeing the great poverty in her native country, she forged a relationship between a Rotary Club in Nagpur, India, the Rotary Club of Miami and the Interact Club at her school.

Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine will host a national conference on immunization on Jan. 30 and 31. Titled “Protecting Our Next Generation, Ages 0-3, the conference will feature nationally recognized authorities discussing the importance of vaccinating children to prevent treatable infections.

Vaccines available today have made conditions such as chicken pox, measles, polio and bacterial meningitis uncommon. However, the vaccination rates in South Florida are well below the state Health Department's goal of a 90 percent vaccination rate by 2010. According to the latest state health statistics, Miami-Dade County reported an 89 percent immunization rate, while Broward and Palm Beach counties were just 78 percent and 65 percent, respectively.

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