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Jay, FL – Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT), representing the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County, were successful in advocating for a local tobacco free event. On October 17, Jay High School SWAT presented a letter to the Jay Chamber of Commerce requesting the community’s local “Trick or Treat in the Streets” be designated as tobacco free. Their request was approved by the Jay Chamber on October 18, and on Halloween Jay SWAT youth, accompanied by DOH-Santa Rosa Public Health Services Manager Matthew Dobson and Health Educator Consultant Kari Lewis, attended the event to promote the tobacco free message.

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Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health (department) has issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination. Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.

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