Health

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Flu Season Arrives in Florida

Dec 17, 2012

Flu season has arrived, but doctors say it's not too late to get a flu shot. In Florida, the disease is most active in late December and early January.

Dr. Karen Wong is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She says it should be pretty easy to get vaccinated.

"Flu vaccine is actually pretty widely available not just in doctors' offices but also in places like supermarkets, pharmacies, sometimes people's workplaces."

While anyone can get the flu, it can be more dangerous for some groups, including the young, the elderly and pregnant women.

Revamped Florida Abuse Hotline Up and Running

Dec 13, 2012

The Florida Department of Children and Families Wednesday showed reporters through its redesigned abuse hotline. The revamped system quickly researches a family's history and sends crucial data to child protective investigators.

The changes were inspired by the gruesome 2011 murder of ten-year-old Nubia Barahona by her adoptive parents. 

Shortly before her death, a hotline caller said the girl and her twin were tied up in a bathtub.

DCF Secretary David Wilkins says the agency didn’t quickly follow-up as it should have.

Project HELP, Inc., dubbed the ‘emotional 9-1-1’ of Collier County, fields hundreds of calls each month from people in crisis dealing with issues spanning from grief and loss to domestic violence and sexual assault. Victim advocates find the need for services doesn’t take a day off around the holidays. We’ll hear stories of recovery from local survivors of sexual assault and how they hope to use their experiences as a tool for helping others.

New Study Ranks Florida on Overall Health

Dec 11, 2012

A new study ranks Florida 34th in the nation when it comes to overall health.

The United Health Care Foundation study considered several factors including the percentage of people who smoke, the percentage of those without health insurance and the state's obesity rates.

Being overweight is a factor in being diagnosed with type-two diabetes. The state ranked 38th for the percentage of adults with the disease.

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