Pregnant women should get flu vaccination

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County urges pregnant women to receive the flu vaccination due to the increased impact that influenza infections are having on pregnant women and their babies in Florida this year.

“The flu vaccine is the single best way to prevent flu,” said Marsha Lindeman, administrator of the county health department. “We want to make sure people understand how important it is for pregnant women to receive the influenza vaccination to protect themselves and their babies.”

The county health department recommends all individuals age six months and older receive the flu vaccination each year. It is especially important for pregnant women to be vaccinated due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. The flu vaccination is safe and will protect the mother, her unborn child, and babies during the first months after birth.

Additional flu prevention steps include washing your hands often, keeping your hands away from your face and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing and coughing.  Symptoms of the flu include headache, fever, severe cough, runny nose or body aches. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, see your primary care provider immediately for guidance on treatment. For more information on pregnant women and influenza, visit

It is important for you and your family members to get a flu vaccine every year. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, retail stores, pharmacies, health centers, and by many employers and schools. Check with your physician, the county health department or visit to search for a location to receive a flu vaccine.

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Carrabelle Methodists plan ‘Market Days Ministry’

Carrabelle United Methodist Church announces its 2014 Market Days Ministry. God teaches that we must care for orphans and widows in their affliction and needs. Funds derived from your donations will assist us to better serve those in need in our community.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 25 and continuing on the last Saturday of each month through December, there will be 12 events full of food, music, arts and crafts, baked goods, rummage sales, raffles and more at the Curley Messer Pavilion, on Tallahassee Street in Carrabelle next to the fire station.

Please come and share in this “God’s Ministry” with us. Mark your calendar for the first event on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion. Signs will be out with directions.

For more information, contact Bonnie Myrick, fundraising chair, at 899-3175 or e-mail


Breastfeeding support group at health department

Healthy Start has a breastfeeding support group at the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County in Apalachicola on the third Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. to noon.

If you are interested, please contact Patricia Rickards at 653-2111 ext. 128 or 370-6351.


Health fair set for Jan. 22

The next Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) meeting will be held at the National Guard Armory on Monday, Jan. 13 at 11 a.m.

CHIP will also host a community health fair on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at the National Guard Armory from 3 to 6 p.m. There will also be health screenings available, including tests for blood pressure, glucose, weight, hemoglobin and cholesterol. For more information call 697-3420.


Donations welcome for Operation Smile

The Philaco Women’s Club has adopted Operation Smile as one of its charitable outreach projects. Operation Smile works to transform the lives of children who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities by providing them with corrective surgery.

One in four children born with these defects dies before age 6. Part of the healing process is sewing armbands, hospital gowns and cloth sacks used by the young recovering patients.

The Philaco International outreach committee is hosting a workshop to create gown, sacks and armbands and needs donations of materials to construct these items.

Materials needed include cotton or cotton blend remnants 32” by 13”, 15” by 10”, 36” by 36” or larger; 1/8” sturdy ribbon; 36” pieces of cotton cording; 66” pieces of hem tape or grosgrain ribbon; and 5 foot sections of double fold seam binding.

Materials may be dropped off at the Times office 129 Commerce St., Apalachicola. For more information, call Barb Padget at 927-4637 or email her at