Time to Think About Your Flu Vaccine

Time to Think About Your Flu VaccineInformation from Flu.Gov – The 2012-2013 flu vaccine, shot or spray, should be received as soon as it is available. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine. Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record.

The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. It is especially important to get the vaccine if you, someone you live with, or someone you care for is at high risk of complications from the flu. Mild reactions such as soreness, headaches, and fever are common side effects of the flu vaccine. If you experience a severe reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or facial swelling, seek medical attention immediately.

What does the 2012-2013 flu vaccine protect against?
Flu vaccines are designed to protect against three flu viruses that experts predict will be the most common during the upcoming season. Each year, one flu virus of each kind is used to produce the seasonal flu vaccine.

The 2012-2013 flu vaccine is made from the following three viruses:

    A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus
    A/Victoria/361/2011 (H3N2)-like virus
    B/Wisconsin/1/2010-like virus

The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will not protect against the H3N2v flu, associated with exposure to swine, which resulted in more than 300 flu cases in 2011 and 2012.

When should I get the vaccine?
Get the vaccine as soon as it is available in your area. Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May. Early immunization is the most effective, but it is not too late to get the vaccine in December, January, or beyond.

How should I get the vaccine?
There are two types of vaccine, the flu shot and the nasal spray. Both protect against the same virus strains.

The flu shot is:

    Made with inactivated (killed) flu virus
    Given by needle
    Approved for use in healthy people older than 6 months and people with chronic health conditions
    Available in 3 types:
    -Regular, for people 6 months and older
    -High-dose, for people 65 and older. This type contains a higher dose vaccine, which may lead to greater protection against the flu.
    -Intradermal (given with a small needle and injected in your skin), for people 18 to 64

The nasal spray is:

    Made with weakened live flu virus
    Given with a mist sprayed in your nose
    Approved for healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49, except pregnant women

How long is my flu vaccination good for?
The flu vaccine will protect you for one flu season.

How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines (the flu shot and nasal spray) cause antibodies to develop in the body. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

Does the flu vaccine work right away?
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. In the meantime, you are still at risk for getting the flu. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season really gets under way.

Is the vaccine safe?
Seasonal flu vaccines have a very good safety track record. Although there are possible side-effects to vaccination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration closely monitor the safety of seasonal flu vaccines.

Should I get the flu vaccine if I’m not feeling well?
If you are sick with a fever, you should wait until your fever is gone before getting a flu shot. However, you can get a flu shot if you have a respiratory illness without a fever, or if you have another mild illness.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine can be given to people with minor illnesses, such as:

    diarrhea
    a mild upper respiratory tract infection, with or without a fever.

    If you have nasal congestion, you should consider waiting to get the nasal-spray flu vaccine. Nasal congestion may limit the vaccine’s ability to reach the nasal lining.

    Are there side effects?
    Mild side effects usually begin soon after you get the vaccine and last one to two days. Possible mild side effects of the flu shot include:

      Soreness, redness, and swelling at the injection site
      Fainting, mainly in adolescents
      Headaches
      Fever
      Nausea

    Possible mild side effects of the nasal spray include:

      Runny nose
      Wheezing
      Headache
      Vomiting
      Muscle aches
      Fever

    Serious side effects usually begin within a few minutes to a few hours after receiving the shot. Possible serious side effects of vaccination include:

      Difficulty breathing
      Hoarseness
      Swelling around the eyes or lips
      Hives
      Paleness
      Weakness
      Racing heart
      Dizziness
      Behavior changes
      High fever

    If you experience any of these reactions, seek medical attention immediately.

    How can I report a serious reaction to the vaccine?
    Contact your health care provider immediately if you have a serious reaction to the flu vaccine. Your health care provider should report your reaction to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). You can also file a report yourself. All serious reactions should be reported, even if you aren’t sure it was caused by the flu vaccine. VAERS uses this data to help identify serious reactions that may need further investigation.

    If your reaction results in a serious injury, you may qualify for compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). VICP provides compensation for vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines given on or after October 1, 1988.

    Can I get the flu from the vaccine?
    No, you cannot get the flu from the flu shot or the nasal spray. The flu shot contains inactivated (killed) flu viruses that cannot cause illness. The nasal spray contains weakened live viruses. The weakened viruses only cause infection in the cooler temperatures found in the nose. The viruses cannot infect the lungs or other areas in the body where warmer temperatures exist.

    Will I need to pay for the vaccine?
    Most health insurance plans cover the cost of vaccines, but you should check with your insurance company before visiting your health care provider. Under the Affordable Care Act, many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services, like the flu vaccine, at no cost to you.

    If you do not have insurance or if it does not cover vaccines, help is available.

    Is there anyone who should not get the vaccine?
    Talk to your health care provider about vaccination if you have:

      A severe allergy to chicken eggs
      A history of severe reaction to a flu vaccination
      A moderate-to-severe illness with a fever (you should wait until you are better to get the vaccine)
      A history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS)

    Here is a video that explains how influenza pandemics occur:

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Brown Bag Lunch Discusses the Port of Fernandina

Brown Bag Lunch Discusses the Port of FernandinaThe Amelia Island Museum of History invites you to attend its Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, October 3rd, at noon.

This month, guest speaker Melvin Usery will deliver a presentation on the Port of Fernandina.

Amelia Island boasts one of the deepest natural harbors on the East coast, and as a result, Fernandina’s port has always been a major part of the city’s identity.

You are invited to come explore how the port has shaped the town that grew up around it.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information contact Gray at 261-7378 ext 102 or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

2012 Desire Cup Kick Off Dinner

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Desire Street Ministries is hosting its second annual Desire Cup Kick-Off Dinner on Thursday, October 25th in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed immediately by dinner at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the dinner and live auction will support the rebuilding of Desire Street Ministries in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Dinner guests include University of Florida Gators football players Chris Doering and Danny Wuerffel, and University of Georgia Bulldog football players Herschel Walker, Kevin Butler and Lindsay Scott. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the illusionist Ken Hartley, Jr.

Live auction items include, and are not limited to, a signed cleat from New Orleans Saints quarterback and SuperBowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees, two tickets to the Navy-Marine Corps Classic between Florida and Georgetown on Nov. 9, 2012 and a Florida Keys fishing trip with Danny Wuerffel and Rich Tutor.

“The dinner is a great way to kick off the big Florida-Georgia rivalry weekend while supporting a great cause,” said Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and executive director of Desire Street Ministries. “The weekend allows the fans, alumni and former rivals of both schools to join forces and raise funds for an organization that is committed to serving and rebuilding the ninth ward of New Orleans and other pockets of poverty in the south.”

The kick-off dinner event coincides with the sold-out second annual Desire Cup Golf Tournament at TPC Sawgrass Players Stadium Course, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Desire Cup is a way for fans of Georgia and Florida to connect and compete on the golf course during the weekend of the storied Georgia-vs.-Florida rivalry football game.

About Desire Street Ministries
Founded in 1990, Desire Street Ministries transforms neighborhoods by encouraging, equipping and empowering urban leaders. Desire Street Ministries’ mission is to love its neighbors by revitalizing impoverished neighborhoods through spiritual and community development. For more information on the Desire Cup kick-off dinner and live auction, email Mitch Mitchell at mm@thedesirecup.com or call (904) 557-3630.

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Amended Agenda for October 2, 2012 City Commission Meeting

Amended Agenda for October 2, 2012 City Commission MeetingHere is your amended agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners. The meeting is held at 204 Ash Street on Amelia Island, October 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/Invocation by Reverend Brett Opalinski of Memorial United Methodist Church.

4. PRESENTATION/PROCLAMATIONS
4.1. PROCLAMATION – LES DEMERLE AMELIA ISLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL
Proclamation proclaiming October 7-14, 2012, as “The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival.” Mr. Les DeMerle will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.2. PROCLAMATION – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Proclamation proclaiming the month of October 2012 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” Ms. Shandra Riffey, Executive Director of Micah’s Place, will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.3. PROCLAMATION – FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Proclamation proclaiming October 7-13, 2012 as ““Fernandina Beach Local #2836 Fire Prevention Week.” Jason Higginbotham, City Fire Marshal, will be present to accept the Proclamation.
4.4. PRESENTATION – IAFF NEGOTIATIONS
Dan Hanes, City Fire Chief, will briefly discuss the recent Memorandum of Understanding between the City and the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF).
4.5. PRESENTATION – AIRCRAFT STATIC DISPLAY
Lewis Eason of the Friends of Fernandina Aviation group will provide a presentation of the proposed Aircraft Static Display Park to be constructed on Fernandina Beach Airport property.
4.6. PRESENTATION – MAIN BEACH BOARDWALK
Andre Desilet of Gillette & Associates will provide a presentation regarding the Main Beach Boardwalk.

5. CONSENT AGENDA
5.1. APPROVAL OF PLANS – NASSAU HUMANE SOCIETY
RESOLUTION 2012-164 APPROVING THE NASSAU HUMANE SOCIETY’S FINAL PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR A NEW ANIMAL CARE CENTER; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the final plans for the new Animal Care Center at the Nassau Humane Society

5.2. SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTIONS FOR FY 12/13
RESOLUTION 2012-153 APPROVING TWENTY-ONE (21) APPLICATIONS FOR CITY SEWER AND REFUSE EXEMPTIONS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2012/2013; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves twenty-one (21) applications for sewer and refuse exemptions.

5.3. APPROVAL OF OUTSIDE LEGAL COUNSEL
RESOLUTION 2012-154 AUTHORIZING THE CITY ATTORNEY TO ENGAGE QUALIFIED OUTSIDE LEGAL COUNSEL IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $13,000 IN FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 FOR LABOR ISSUES, CONFLICTS, CODE BOARD AND GENERAL ADVICE ON COMPLEX LEGAL MATTERS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the City Attorney to engage outside legal counsel in an amount not to exceed $13,000.00 in FY 12/13.

5.4. BUDGET AMENDMENTS
RESOLUTION 2012-155 APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO THE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2011-2012; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves budget transfers to ensure that expenditures do not exceed the budget on a line-by-line basis for the FY 11/12.

5.5. RECOGNITION OF THE VETERANS MEMORIAL AT CENTRAL PARK
RESOLUTION 2012-156 HONORING THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED IN OUR NATION’S MILITARY BY RECOGNIZING A PORTION OF CENTRAL PARK AS THE “VETERANS MEMORIAL AT CENTRAL PARK”; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Recognizes a portion of Central Park as the “Veterans Memorial at Central Park.”

6. REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO BE HEARD ON ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
6.1. CITY RESIDENTS
6.2. NON-CITY RESIDENTS

7. RESOLUTIONS
7.1. FACILITY RENTAL FEE WAIVER REQUEST – FBMS
RESOLUTION 2012-157 APPROVING THE WAIVER OF THE FACILITY RENTAL FEE FOR FERNANDINA BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOL’S COFFEE HOUSE EVENT; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Consider the waiver of the Facility Rental Fee for the Fernandina Beach Middle School in the amount of $250.00.

7.2. APPROVAL OF PRODUCT AND SERVICES – CORROCOAT
RESOLUTION 2012-158 APPROVING THE SERVICES OF CORROCOAT USA, JACKSONVILLE, FL FOR THE PAINTING OF THE WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT (WWTP) CLARIFIER WEIRS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the product and services of Corrocoat USA for the painting of the Clarifier Weirs in the amount of $27,400.00.

7.3. AUTHORIZATION OF CPI GRANT SUBMITTAL
RESOLUTION 2012-159 AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF ONE (1) COASTAL PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE (CPI) GRANT APPLICATION TO FUND NEW BEACH ACCESS AND BOARDWALK SIGNS AND EDUCATION KIOSKS; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Authorizes the submittal of one (1) CPI Grant application.

7.4. AWARD OF BID AND AUTHORIZATION OF CONTRACT AGREEMENT – BGCO, INC.
RESOLUTION 2012-160 AWARDING THE BASE BID FOR FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) FUNDED PROJECT RUNWAY 4-22 REHABILITATION (PHASE II) AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT TO BGCO, INC.; AUTHORIZING CONTRACT AGREEMENT FOR SAID PROJECT WORK; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Accepts base bid from BGCO, Inc. and approves the contract agreement for construction work on Runway 4-22 Shoulder Rehabilitation (Phase II) project at the Airport.

7.5. APPROVAL OF WORK ORDERS – PASSERO ASSOCIATES
RESOLUTION 2012-161 APPROVING WORK ORDERS NO. 12-46A AND NO. 12-46R WITH PASSERO ASSOCIATES, LLC FOR THE RUNWAY 4/22 THRESHOLD AND SHOULDER REHABILITATION (PHASE II) PROJECT AT THE FERNANDINA BEACH MUNICIPAL AIRPORT; ACCEPTING FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (FDOT) GRANT FUNDING; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves Work Orders with Passero Associates, LLC for the Runway 4/22 Threshold and Shoulder Rehabilitation (Phase II) Project at the Airport.

7.6. MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING – RAILROAD DEPOT
RESOLUTION 2012-163 APPROVING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH AMELIA ISLAND CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU AND THE AMELIA ISLAND FERNANDINA RESTORATION FOUNDATION FOR THE CITY TO CONTRIBUTE $125,000 OF THE $300,000 ESTIMATED COST FOR THE REHABILITATION OF THE RAILROAD DEPOT PROPERTY IN FISCAL YEAR 2012-13; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a Memorandum of Understanding for the City to contribute $125,000.00 for the rehabilitation of the Railroad Depot property in FY 12/13.

7.7. LEASE APPROVAL – RAILROAD DEPOT
RESOLUTION 2012-162 APPROVING A 20-YEAR LEASE OF THE RAILROAD DEPOT PROPERTY TO AMELIA ISLAND CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU; AUTHORIZING EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves a 20-year lease with the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Railroad Depot property.

7.8. ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT APPROVAL – VOLPE, BAJALIA, WICKES, ROGERSON & WACHS
RESOLUTION 2012-165 APPROVING AN ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH VOLPE, BAJALIA, WICKES, ROGERSON & WACHS, FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE INSURANCE CLAIM DENIAL; PROVIDING FOR EXECUTION; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approval for Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes, Rogerson & Wachs to continue to challenge the insurance claim denial in regards to the Conlon lawsuit for an amount not to exceed $3,000.00.

8. ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
8.1. ANNEXATION OF PROPERTIES – 1505, 1545 AND 1551 SOUTH 14TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2012-24 ANNEXING SIX (6) PARCELS TOTALING 2.06 ACRES OF LAND OWNED LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET, 1545 S. 14TH STREET, AND 1551 S. 14TH STREET, IDENTIFIED AS PARCEL ID NUMBERS 00-00-30-0800-0004-0020, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0030, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0050, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0060, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0070, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0080 AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the annexation of six (6) parcels into the Corporate Limits of the City of Fernandina Beach.

8.2. LAND USE CHANGE – 1505, 1545 AND 1551 SOUTH 14TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2012-25 CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP FROM COUNTY COMMERCIAL TO CITY GENERAL COMMERCIAL (GC), FOR SIX (6) PARCELS TOTALING 2.06 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET, 1545 S. 14TH STREET, 1551 S. 14TH STREET, IDENTIFIED AS PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS 00-00-30-0800-0004-0020, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0030, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0050, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0060, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0070, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0080 AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves the change in land use from “County Commercial” to “City General Commercial” for six (6) parcels.

8.3. ZONING MAP CHANGE – 1505, 1545 AND 1551 SOUTH 14TH STREET
ORDINANCE 2012-26 CHANGING THE ZONING MAP FROM COUNTY COMMERCIAL INTENSIVE (CI) TO CITY GENERAL COMMERCIAL (C-2), FOR SIX (6) PARCELS TOTALING 2.06 ACRES OF LAND LOCATED AT 1505 S. 14TH STREET, 1545 S. 14TH STREET, 1551 S. 14TH STREET, IDENTIFIED AS PARCEL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS 00-00-30-0800-0004-0020, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0030, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0050, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0060, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0070, 00-00-30-0800-0004-0080 AND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Synopsis: Approves changing the Zoning Map from County Commercial Intensive (CI) to City General Commercial (C-2) for six (6) parcels.

9. BOARD APPOINTMENTS
9.1. BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
2 appointments
9.2. AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION
3 appointments.
9.3. HISTORIC DISTRICT COUNCIL

10. DISCUSSION – DIRECTION – ACTION ITEMS
10.1. CONTINUATION OF THE LEASE AND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS WITH WESTREC MARINAS
This item is placed on the agenda at the request of Commissioner Corbett.

11. CITY MANAGER REPORTS
12. CITY ATTORNEY REPORTS
13. CITY CLERK REPORTS
14. MAYOR/COMMISSIONER COMMENTS
15. ADJOURNMENT
16. BOARD APPOINTMENTS

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Nassau Supervisor of Elections Wants You to Vote

Nassau Supervisor of Elections Wants You to VoteNassau County Supervisor of Elections wants you to register and vote in the November 6, 2012 general election, including the City of Fernandina Beach and the Town of Hilliard municipal elections.

NEW VOTER REGISTRATIONS* MUST BE SUBMITTED BY OCTOBER 9, 2012
*For additional information regarding certain uniformed service members and their dependents, please contact our office.

BRING THE FAMILY AND VISIT US DURING EXTENDED HOURS!
In a cooperative effort, the Nassau County Public Libraries will be open extended hours along with the Elections office for voter registration, election information, freebies for the kids (while they last) and books, books, books!

Yulee Elections Office
Monday, October 1st thru Friday, October 5th, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Yulee Elections Office and all Nassau County Public Libraries
Saturday, October 6th 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7th 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8th 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9th 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LIBRARY LOCATIONS:

Bryceville Branch Library
7280 Motes Road
Bryceville, FL 32009

Callahan Branch Library
450077 SR 200, Suite 15
Callahan, FL 32011

Fernandina Branch Library
25 North 4th Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Hilliard Branch Library
15821 CR 108
Hilliard, FL 32046

Yulee Branch Library
Florida State College
76346 William Burgess Blvd.
Yulee, FL 32097

Fernandina Beach Elections Office will be open regular hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Printable Florida Voter Registration Application and additional registration agency location information is available on www.votenassau.com or contact the Elections Office.

Vicki P. Cannon, Supervisor of Elections
416 Centre Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

96135 Nassau Place, Suite 3
Yulee, Florida 32097

Phone: 904-491-7500
Fax: 904-432-1400
Toll Free: 866-260-4301
TDD: 904-491-7510
www.votenassau.com
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Have Your Kids’ Senses Adjusted to School?

Have Your Kids' Senses Adjusted to School?Used with permission, courtesy of News in Health.

When setting off for kindergarten or first grade, a child may feel prepared with a backpack loaded with crayons, pencils and paper. But a good start in the classroom depends on more than just school supplies. Healthy hearing, vision, speech and language are key to success at school. If a child has problems in these areas, the sooner they’re spotted, the better they can be treated.

Sometimes problems with senses, speech or language can fly under the radar. A child with a lazy eye or a little hearing loss might get along just fine at home or in daycare. But when children get to school, minor difficulties may start to catch up with them. They may have trouble focusing and flourishing in the classroom. NIH-funded scientists are searching for better ways to recognize and treat these types of problems as early as possible.

Permanent hearing loss used to be caught around age 2. Now newborns are screened for hearing loss before leaving the hospital. When problems are diagnosed, most children are fitted with hearing aids in the first few months of life.

But hearing problems can also arise in older kids. “Some children can be born with normal hearing and develop hearing loss later for various reasons,” says Dr. Mary Pat Moeller, who studies childhood deafness and language development at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska. Head injuries and meningitis are just a few conditions that can lead to later hearing loss.

“We rely on normal hearing to pick up concepts and learn new words,” Moeller says. But a noisy classroom can be tough for kids who can’t hear well. “Children with undetected hearing loss may look like they have attention deficits. They may miss what they’ve been told because they’re just not hearing clearly,” Moeller says.

Screening for hearing loss in school-age kids is a familiar process. Children wear headphones and raise their hands as they hear a series of tones. Some 5% to 10% of school-age children don’t pass these tests. Kids with hearing loss can be fitted with hearing aids.

Children learn language by listening to others and engaging in conversations. But kids with hearing loss can miss out on some of this experience. Moeller and her colleagues are studying how children with hearing loss develop language. Early results from this NIH-funded research point to several factors that can help. These include the quality and fit of hearing aids, how often kids get speech and language training and how often parents have conversations with their children.

A different source of language problems is a disorder called specific language impairment. The condition affects an estimated 7% of children in kindergarten. Kids with specific language impairment have trouble learning new words and engaging in conversation. They might produce grammatically incorrect sentences like “What he want for dinner?” or they might have a small vocabulary. “Both of those are fundamental to being able to communicate with the teacher, to understanding what the teacher is saying to them, and to forming social relationships with their peers,” says Dr. Mabel Rice, an NIH-funded researcher who studies childhood language disorders at the University of Kansas.

For example, a child with specific language impairment might not understand that “It’s time to put your things away now” means “Put your things away.” Children who don’t understand complicated sentences can seem like they’re disobedient, Rice says. More complicated grammar is also good for making friends. Saying “I would like it if you’d come play with me” might attract more playmates than “Come over here.”

In the past, parents were sometimes blamed for a child’s language disability. They might have been faulted for not reading enough to their children. But research suggests that specific language impairment has other roots. The disorder tends to run in families, which hints that genes play a role. Rice led a study of over 300 people, including children with specific language impairment and their families. The scientists identified a gene that’s also linked to dyslexia and other learning disabilities. The finding might eventually lead to better understanding and treatment for these disorders.

Kids don’t usually grow out of specific language impairment. Their language improves, but they can continue to struggle with subtleties even after they enter the workforce. “It is very important to identify these kids, particularly at school entry or before school entry,” Rice says. Many school districts screen children for specific language impairment before kindergarten. Language therapy can help children catch up.

Poor vision can also cause trouble in school, and the problems may go unnoticed. About 1 in 10 preschoolers has a vision problem, but kids don’t always tell others about their symptoms. Kids might even think it’s normal to see double or for things to be blurry. But poor eyesight can cause headaches and hinder reading. Some children with vision problems might seem to have attention difficulties, since eyestrain and headaches can make it hard to stay on task.

The most common cause of vision impairment in children is amblyopia, or lazy eye. It often arises if the eyes point in different directions, or if one eye produces a better image than the other. The brain starts to shut down signals from the weaker eye. Treatment encourages use of the weaker eye, sometimes by putting a patch over the other eye. NIH-funded research has found that treatment for amblyopia is more effective if begun when a child is young.

Some children are farsighted—they have trouble focusing on up-close items. It’s less common for youngsters to be nearsighted, with problems focusing on faraway objects like the chalkboard.

To catch problems early, NIH funded a study of thousands of preschoolers to find the best ways to screen for impaired vision. “How often screening is done and what screening is done varies widely from state to state,” says Dr. Marjean Kulp, a vision researcher at Ohio State University.

The study evaluated different tests and identified a few that could best detect vision problems, even when performed by people who aren’t vision specialists.

Screenings only identify potential problems, and they don’t catch everything. Children should have regular exams by an eye care professional.

Early detection and treatment of hearing, vision and language problems can give kids a better learning experience.

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Nicholas Simmons Watercolor Workshop

Nicholas Simmons Watercolor WorkshopMouth of Amelia has sent word a A Watercolor Workshop presented by The Amelia Island Artists Workshop featuring Nicholas Simmons.

WHEN: October 26-28, 2012

WHERE: Amelia Island, Florida

WHO: Nicholas Simmons, one of the “Stars” will be returning to Amelia Island to conduct a painting workshop with the Amelia Island Artists Workshop, October 26-28. This will be the second and last time to be able to study under this wonderful and fun artist here in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

nicholas-simmons-artistSimmons was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and began painting in Sarasota, Florida. He studied under many well-known watercolorists, most notably Valfred Thëlin and Barbara Nechis. Mr. Simmons enjoyed immediate success as a watercolor artist soon after taking it up, but opted to pursue a music career as a professional guitarist. For many years he only painted occasional commissions, and did not return to visual art until 2004.

COST: $450.00 (Deadline for signing up and getting the Early Bird discount is fast approaching.)

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please contact Sandra Baker Hinton at 904-491-8040 between 11-5 or 904-557-1195 (c).

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Georgia vs Florida Weekend at Omni AIP

Georgia vs Florida Weekend at Omni AIPAmelia Island, FL – The Omni Amelia Island Plantation invites Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators to celebrate the biggest weekend in college football with a special GA vs. FL Tailgate package at the oceanfront resort including game day transportation and drinks as well as a plethora of parties, specials and football celebrations!

From the Nature Center excursions to the annual GA/FL Boardwalk Bash or Falcon”s Nest Jagermeister After Party to a Game Day 5K, spa services tailored for the devoted fan and a special sale in The Shops.

The GA/FL Tailgate Package features luxurious accommodations in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort and free round-trip transportation with tailgate beverages starting at $299 per night. And guests can book either the Georgia Bulldogs or Florida Gators package.

To round out the weekend, a full calendar of football events include:

Thursday, October 25
Okefenokee Swamp at Night
4pm, Nature Center
Take an adventure to the Land of the Trembling Earth with spectacular views of the sunset over the swamp by boat while searching for emerging alligators and roosting wading birds. Includes a southern style dinner and transportation.

Friday, October 26
Camp Amelia (9am-4pm, Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Kid’s enjoy special adventure day camp while parent’s explore their own beach vacation. Available as a full day for $70; Half day from 9am-1pm for $55; or 1-4pm for $45.

Just For Kids (6:30-9:30pm, Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Nighttime themed kid’s dinner party for resort guests, the perfect evening of fun for the youngsters while the parents attend the Boardwalk Bash. $55 per child, includes dinner.

GA-FL Boardwalk Bash (5-9pm, Marché Burette at The Shops)
Football boardwalk bash featuring bounce house, crafts and tennis for kids; football toss and corn hole games; and live music with DRB from 6-9 pm featuring swinging arrangements from the ’40s to the sizzling top hits of today with a wide variety of music including big band, blues, funk, pop, rock and country. Full bar and sampling of food including grilled gator, pizzas, pork sliders, burgers and more will be available!

Movie Under the Stars (9pm, The Shops)
Grab the family and bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a complimentary family friendly flick under the stars.

GA/FL Jagermeister After Party (9pm-1am, Falcon’s Nest)
Continue the pre-game celebration with the Ron Perry Connection playing live outside on the deck from 9pm-1am with a blend of classic rock, dance favorites, acoustic music and current hits. Specialty cocktails, giveaways and prizes, full bar, and sampling of food including pork sliders, wings, burgers, and more will be available.

Saturday, October 27 – GAME DAY
Game Day 5K (9am, Racquet Park)
Benefiting Relay for Life, run or walk in your team colors at the Game Day 5K! $20 pre-registration for adults, $10 for children with a $5 increase on race day. To register email kakelly@omnihotels.com.

Camp Amelia GA/FL Special (11am-7pm; Nature Center **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Kids are busy with a day of recreation extreme fun while the parents attend the GA/FL football game! $95 includes 2 meals & snacks. 24-hour pre-registration required. Camp will begin 30 minutes prior to game bus departure and end 30 minutes post return.

Falcon’s Nest Game Day Specials (9am-2am, Falcon’s Nest)
Join us for an early pre-game breakfast from 9am-12pm featuring a Southwestern Breakfast Burrito, Scramble Egg Platter, Breakfast Sandwiches, Florida Sunnyside Combo, Georgia Pancake Platter and more! From 12-6pm catch football specials on our tailgate menu including Fried Gator Bites and Bull Dawg Bites. Regular menu and drink specials available after 6pm.

Game Day Transportation (12pm, Racquet Park)
Starting October 13, guests that are not booked on the special GA/FL Tailgate Package can purchase any remaining game day transportation tickets on the bus for $75 per guest including 3 tailgate beverages per guest. Buses will park in stadium tailgate lot and return 30 minutes after end of the game. Call 904-261-6161 to book your seat after October 13th.

Beach Fire (7-9pm, resort beach **Reserved for resort guests and Club members**)
Wrap up the game day celebrations with a relaxing beach fire under the stars.

Sunday, October 28
Naturalist Brunch Kayak (9:30am, Nature Center)
Take a two hour paddle with the naturalists through the tidal marsh creek at walkers landing. After the relaxing paddle, enjoy lunch at the picnic tables along the waterfront while viewing the spectacular scenery. Choose from a variety of options on the menu. $75 adults/$65 children

Spa Specials
Relaxing 50-minute services for just $99*

    -Gator Scrub – Enjoy our three tea, ginger and sugar scrub. This treatment rids the body of old skin cells, while enhancing its elasticity and replenishing lost moisture.
    -Bulldog Rub – Relax with a gentle rhythmic massage designed to relax the body, reduce muscle tension and increase circulation.

*Available October 21-31, 2012. Specials can not be combined with any other discount.

The Shops Sale
Receive 15% off anything with red, black, orange or blue in it at Harrison’s Mercantile and Amelia’s Signature Shop. Sale valid October 26-28, 2012.

For more information visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.

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All God’s Creatures Invited to Worship

All God's Creatures Invited to WorshipFernandina Beach, Florida – Four legged friends, winged companions and creatures of all kinds are invited to join the worship service at New Vision Congregational Church on Sunday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m. All pets are welcome, and bring your people too!

The blessing of the animals is a long-standing tradition that originated in the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The service of blessing celebrates animals as part of God’s expansive creation. This fun, outdoor worship service includes lively music and a blessing of each squirmy or wiggly animal present. A cookout will follow the service and children will enjoy making an animal craft. All pets are invited indoors in the event of rain.

All God's creatures are blessingsNew Vision Congregational Church believes that faith is a journey of exploration, not a destination. When we engage in worship that embraces our God-given creativity, we feel alive! And when we become a part of a community where love and laughter and a deep faith in God are rampant, we feel loved. “One way we love doing this is through enjoying all of God’s creatures as we offer them a special blessing,” says Rev. Mary Kendrick Moore, New Vision’s pastor.

New Vision, a member of the United Church of Christ, meets at 96074 Chester Road in Yulee. For information, visit www.NewVisionCongregationalChurch.org, find us on Facebook, or call Rev. Mary Kendrick Moore at (904)238-1822.

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Prescription Drug Take Back September 29, 2012

Prescription Drug Take Back September 29, 2012Prescription drug abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, an epidemic whose source is too often right at home in America’s medicine cabinets. The easy availability of pain medications and a misconception that they are safer than illicit drugs even when abused, has led to shocking increases in prescription drug abuse.

Nationally an estimated 6.2 million people, 12 and older report having misused prescription drugs in the past month. Between 1998 and 2008, there was a 400 percent increase in treatment admissions aged 12 and over reporting abuse of pain relievers. And the Centers for Disease Control reports that the number of unintentional drug overdose deaths involving opioid analgesic pain medications more than tripled between 1999 and 2006, totaling more overdose deaths than those from heroin and cocaine combined.

Prescription drugs are easily diverted for illegal use. More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they obtained them from friends or relatives. When used appropriately, these drugs can be tremendously beneficial, and policies to decrease abuse of prescription drugs must balance the dangers of misuse with the need to keep them available for legitimate use. The president’s national drug control strategy outlines steps to reduce prescription drug diversion and abuse.

One of the easiest ways individuals can help reduce this problem is to properly dispose of unused or expired medications. Communities nationwide will be having prescription drug take-back programs this month, allowing individuals to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs at collection sites operated by local law enforcement officials and approved by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This not only reduces the potential for diversion of these drugs, keeping them out of the hands of our children and others, reducing accidental overdose, but it also significantly helps reduce the impact of disposal on our environment. Appropriate and safe disposal of all medications should become the new norm in our communities. Take back programs are clearly a win-win for both public health and public safety.

As part of our efforts to address this problem, the Fernandina Beach Police Department and the Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition (NACDAC) are partnering with the DEA drug the nationwide drug take back program to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.

This service is free and anonymous. No questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that remain in home cabinets after proper use are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both potential safety and health hazards.

Police officers from the Fernandina Beach Police Department will be collecting these unused or unwanted prescription medication at the Publix Shopping Center located at 1421 Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach. The event will be held from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday September 29, 2012. The Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abuse Coalition (NACDAC) supports this effort by providing the first 100 people that participate with the Drug Take Back Program with a $5.00 Gift Card to Publix.

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2012 Local Author’s Market Place

2012 Local Author's Market PlaceIt is time for the 2012 Local Author’s Market Place, Saturday, September 29, 2012 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Bring the entire family! From 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM you can enjoy free admission, free children’s activities and free workshops for the adults.

Over 30 Authors from SC, GA, and FL are scheduled to appear.

Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q will be serving sandwiches, salads and hot dogs. Other refreshments will be available, too, and all proceeds support The Family Resouce Center of Nassau County.

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Calendar Launch Party at Amelia Island Museum

Calendar Launch Party at Amelia Island MuseumAmelia Island Museum of History welcomes you to their 15-Month Calendar “Launch Party” featuring winners of the recent photography contest displaying selected sites around Amelia Island.

The party will be held on September 28, at 6:00 pm. Come view the winning photographs while enjoying selected libations.

Many thanks to the Amelia Island Art Association and all the talented photographers who submitted their work: Bill Birdsong, Dan Borge, Paul Condit, Ken Douglas, Ann Kemp, Stephan Leimberg, Brenda Price, William Raser, Lorraine Smyk, Charles Litirico, Jim Ekstrom, Sam Boyd, Robert Wells, Rosemary Skidmore, Joe Wise, and Walt Peterson.

Photographer Bill Raser is the special guest Speaker and he will discuss the massive impact that photography has on our daily lives.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Gray at 261-7278 ext 102 or gray@ameliamuseum.org.

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Meet and Greet Air Amelia

Meet and Greet Air AmeliaWednesday, September 26, 2012 there will be a Meet and Greet to welcome Air Amelia to Fernandina Beach at the hanger at our local airport.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

From 5:00 to 7:30 PM, enjoy beer, wine, soda and light appetizers.

Air Amelia offers hang gliding, triking, hot air ballooning and aerial advertising.

Weather permitting, four (4) business cards will be drawn from a jar and winners will be given a FREE flight over Amelia.

Please RSVP to Cindy at 904-310-6086.

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Reminder About the Drifters Concert

Reminder About the Drifters ConcertSponsored by First Coast Community Bank, Doo Wop’s Best 50’s Diner, Nassau County Record, Sourcing Interest Group and the NewsLeader, the Original Drifters are coming to Fernandina Beach for a show on September 27th.

Those of us of a certain age will always remember The Drifters, who recorded hit after hit in the ’50s & ’60s, like Under the Boardwalk, Up on the Roof, and so many more.

This should be a fun opportunity to sing along to your old favorites during a show to benefit Fernandina’s Interfaith Dinner Network in La Tierra Prometida (the old First Baptist Church) at Alachua and 5th Streets in historic Fernandina Beach.

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm with local favorites Joey & Jeanie.

General admission tickets are $40 or reserved seats are $50, and may be purchased in advance at First Coast Community Bank branches in Fernandina Beach and Yulee, or at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish administration office.

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First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo in Fernandina Beach

First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo in Fernandina BeachThe First Annual WOAMTEC Business Expo is September 27, 2012 at the Amelia National Golf and Country Club.

Women On A Mission To Earn Commission meet for lunch every second and fourth Wednesday to network with other business woman who are hungry to hear what you have to offer!

There will be vendors, raffles, goodie bags and networking, and the event is absolutely FREE to attend. Cocktails are available for purchase, but the sweets and water will be complimentary.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cedar Haven Transitional House for Homeless Women without Children.

For more information vall (734) 341-5507 or visit woamtec.com.

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