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Should you get a COVID-19 booster shot now or wait until fall? Two immunologists help weigh the options
While COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, it has become clear that the protection offered by the current vaccines wanes over time.
Bellies, Babies and Beyond: DOH-Orange offers classes for moms and dads this summer
From parenting to baby basics to childbirth, these classes are free and some are held virtually, while others are held in person this summer in Orange County.  
Americans are really struggling with medical debt
In the United States, 41% of American adults carry medical debt, according to research from Kaiser Health News and National Public Radio.
At least seven deaths in Florida from meningococcal disease; one of the worst outbreaks in US history
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday reported at least seven deaths among gay and bisexual men from the serious meningococcal disease outbreak in Florida and at least 24 cases of the disease.
Committees, workshops and commissions are great, but action is better
Call it growing pains, or a need to manage its growth, but there are issues that could thwart Apopka's success if not dealt with soon.
At last, COVID-19 shots for little kids – 5 essential reads
The following collection of articles from The Conversation’s archives traces the winding path of the development of COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children.

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Tips to prevent heat stroke and heat exhaustion
Summer is here and so are the high temperatures that can cause heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages residents and visitors to beat the heat.
Pandemic's social distancing took heavy toll on Florida seniors
The report found depression among seniors is up 9%, suicides have increased by 13%, and drug deaths among people over 65 have doubled in the last 10-12 years.
As monkeypox outbreak expands in Florida, elsewhere, health experts weigh in on how virus is transmitted
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization are tracking the 2022 outbreak of the rare monkeypox disease.
Research study aims to aid early detection, treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
This pilot study uses online digital cognitive assessment tools and a new blood test with the goal of earlier detection of the disease, allowing at-risk patients to begin treatment earlier.
Department of Health in Orange County schedules immunizations for June
No appointment is needed for the immunizations but a parent/guardian with a valid ID is required to accompany their child along with their completed consent forms.
Monkeypox outbreak expanding in United States and across the globe
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 21 cases of the rare monkeypox disease have now been confirmed in 11 states, including Florida.
Masked’ cancer drug stealthily trains immune system to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissues, reducing treatment side effects
Cytokines are proteins that can modulate how the immune system responds to threats. One way they do this is by activating killer T cells, a type of white blood cells that can attack cancer cells.
Tim Clark stepping down as AdventHealth Apopka CEO
AdventHealth named Tim Clark president and CEO of AdventHealth Heart of Florida located in Davenport. Additionally, Clark will serve as president/CEO for AdventHealth’s East Polk market in the organization’s West Florida Division.
Cases are climbing in outbreak of serious bacterial illness; Central Florida area has largest caseload
Central Florida still has the most cases, with nine cases of meningococcal confirmed in Orange County, as of Wednesday, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.
What is monkeypox? A microbiologist explains what’s known about this smallpox cousin
Monkeypox isn’t a new disease. The first confirmed human case was in 1970 when the virus was isolated from a child suspected of having smallpox in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Baptiste Orthodontics building long-lasting relationships with patients and the community
Baptiste Orthodontics has formed long-lasting relationships with the community we serve by partnering with over 40 public schools and community groups in Orange County.
What’s behind the US infant formula shortage – and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again
Media reports have highlighted the plight of mothers, fathers, and caregivers across the U.S. who have scrambled to find scarce supplies, or driven long distances to buy formula.
Despite downward trends, 1 in 4 girls will be pregnant before age 20 in the US
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the U.S. teen birth rate is at an all-time low. As of 2016, the teen birth rate (20.3 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-to-19) declined …
What is fentanyl and why is it behind the deadly surge in US drug overdoses?
Physicians like me have seen a rise in unintentional fentanyl use from people buying prescription opioids and other drugs laced, or adulterated, with fentanyl.
Take precautions while enjoying water activities during the summer months
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages everyone to take a role in preventing injuries, drownings, and illnesses caused by germs in the water.