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sheymanfluAbout 100 residents went to the Sunny Isles Beach Government Center on October 8, 2010 to receive free flu vaccines. The event was hosted by Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Sunny Isles Beach Commissioner Roz Brezin, and the Miami-Dade County Health Department. The immunizations were free of charge to elderly residents and children, offered at a low price of $25 for anyone else who was interested in receiving a vaccine.

"While the flu might be just a passing illness for many residents, it can be more severe in older and younger people, said Commissioner Heyman. “This annual vaccine clinic offers affordable preventative medicine and an option for people to get easy access care.

The Miami-Dade County Health Department in collaboration with the City of Hialeah Department of Parks and Recreation's Early Prevention and Intervention Youth Program (E.P.I), and the City of Hialeah's Mayor Julio Robaina invite the community to attend the Fourth Annual Youth Tobacco Prevention Summit on Friday, November 5, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Goodlet Park, located at 4200 West 8th Avenue, Hialeah, FL  33013.

This year the Youth Tobacco Prevention Summit will highlight the candy-flavored tobacco products that have emerged from big tobacco companies. These new, flavored tobacco products are now being used to allure youth into lifelong tobacco addiction.  Flavored tobacco products are as addictive and carry the same health risks as regular tobacco products like lung diseases, cancers, and strokes. (U.S Food and Drug Administration).

In the United States, 1 in 3 people will have Type 2 diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The projections, released today, are alarming to U.S. health officials, who say the numbers highlight the need for interventions to keep the number of new cases from climbing.

Currently, 1 in 10 Americans has Type 2 diabetes. But if new cases develop as projected, its prevalence could double or triple over the next 40 years, said Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the CDC.

Broward County Human Services Department, Community Partnerships Division, Health Care Services Section has received a $275,000 grant from the National Center for Chronic Disease and Health Promotion to address the risk factors associated with infant mortality. The County, in partnership with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, will be implementing the Best for Broward Babies program.

Best for Broward Babies is a pilot program that addresses identified risk factors associated with the high infant mortality rate. Best for Broward Babies will implement interventions that include a public awareness campaign on Sexually Transmitted Infections and safe sleeping practices for infants; a medical initiative and "Model Behavior" best practice implementation in major delivery hospitals; and a Comprehensive Fatherhood Mentorship program to provide case management services in group and in-home settings to increase fathers' involvement from the time of conception.