Chesco Health: Don’t wait, vaccinate

WEST CHESTER — From newborns to college, parents can help protect their children from 16 serious diseases by getting them vaccinated. The Chester County Health Department encourages all parents and health care providers to use summer as a time to make sure children’s vaccines are up-to-date and avoid the back-to-school rush. Pennsylvania requires children to have certain vaccines before they...

County to spray for mosquitos in West Chester on Sept. 11

One of two areas planned for mosquito spraying next week. WEST CHESTER — Following the contractual guidelines/agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Chester County Health Department will conduct a mosquito control treatment spray in portions of West Chester Borough on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. The rain date for this event is Wednesday, Sept. 12 from...

A Q&A with Margaret Hudgings

An interview with leader of local group questioning mosquito spraying By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times My opinion piece “Mosquito spraying: why doesn’t the county want to talk about it?” in the Times of Chester County, August 31, asked many questions. Since then I’ve found many answers, including from talking with the County Health Department, and many new questions too. One thing I’ve...

County: Jan. is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Health officials issue reminder that vaccine prevents most cervical cancers  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Chester County Health Department wants to remind women of the importance of screenings and vaccination to help prevent cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. Nearly...

Observing National Influenza Vaccination Week

County to offer free flu shots Monday at Exton library Don’t take chances with your health, urges the county, which is offering free flu shots on Monday, Dec. 9. In observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 8-14), the Chester County Health Department will offer the free vaccinations – recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older – at the Chester County Library in Exton from...

Take a shot at staying healthy this winter

Register to receive free flu vaccines on Friday Protect yourself against the pesky flu by taking advantage of the free vaccines offered by the Chester County Health Department in Coatesville on Friday, Nov. 8. Advance registration and an up-to-date immunization record is required for the shots, which will be administered from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coatesville Center for Community Health, 1001 E. Lincoln...

Scaring up some Halloween safety tips

County Health Department offers frighteningly good  advice To keep a scary holiday safe, the Chester County Health Department is offering the following tips: Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. Put away cell phones, iPods and other distracting devices and stay focused on your...

County offering Worksite Wellness program

Businesses invited to sign up for 6 months of education, screening Since most Americans spend the majority of their waking hours at work, the Chester County Health Department is encouraging county businesses, large, medium and small, to introduce a six-month start-up Worksite Wellness program. “Bringing wellness directly to your business has the potential to benefit both employer and employee,”...

Parents angered over E. Fallowfield school water outage

Slated to reopen Thursday after county health department mandated Wednesday closure By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times EAST FALLOWFIELD — East Fallowfield Elementary School is scheduled to reopen Thursday morning, after a failed water pump closed the school Wednesday — but a number of the school’s parents expressed anger over the district’s handling of the matter. The pump broke at about...

Free book bag event scheduled for Friday

Back-to-school vaccines will be available Thursday  Free book bags filled with supplies will be distributed to kids of all ages from pre-K through 12th grade on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Scott Middle School. Sponsored by a host of health care and social services agencies, the Back-to-School Event will include information on issues such health and wellness, dental screenings, after-school programs,...