Leon County Health Department

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With all this rainy weather this month, Leon County health officials are encouraging area residents to watch out for mosquitoes.

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Leon County Health officials are encouraging parents to book appointments early for back-to-school vaccines.

Leon County Health Department

The Leon county health department is asking for feedback from residents as it conducts an annual local health survey. A series of town-hall style forums are scheduled across the county, with the first set for May 14 in Frenchtown.

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Local health community leaders are hoping to get more input about major issues of concern to people living in the Frenchtown and Southside areas. They’re also hoping more people will join a Community Advisory Council looking into such issues.

The Florida Department of Health has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Leon County. Health officials have confirmed a second case of the West Nile Virus—this time, in a homeless man.

“Basically, we have an individual, 60-years-old who traveled between Leon County and Wakulla County, and at the time, was homeless and sleeping outside, who came down, and was diagnosed with West Nile Virus," said Leon County Health Department Administrator Homer Rice.

"He was hospitalized at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare and is currently recovering.”

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August is World Breastfeeding Month, and several local organizations are hoping a new take on breastfeeding will get more moms to try it with their babies. And, the effort seeks to educate dads about breastfeeding to get them more involved in the process.

The City of Tallahassee is partnering with groups like the Leon County Health Department and Whole child Leon to promote a program called 95210. Regan McCarthy reports the program is aimed at encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

Courtney Atkins, the executive director of Whole Child Leon. says the numbers 95210 stand for nine hours of sleep each night, five servings of fruits and vegetables, two hours or less of leisure screen time, one hour of physical activity and zero sugary beverages and tobacco. Atkins says following that plan can lead to better health.