Monday, December 28, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Congratulations to our Call Center volunteers Richard and Ida on their 1 year Anniversary with 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares. Over the past year Richard and Ida have contributed approximately 142 hours to our agency and dedicated support to our community. Each week they provide vital resources to individuals and families in need of food, housing, financial assistance and much, much more. We thank them for their committment and dedication to 2-1-1 TBC and the community they are helping us serve. Congratulations on your 1 year, we look forward to many more!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Please stop by Jamba Juice-Clearwater Mall anytime from 12/6-12/12 and purchase a smoothie. Be sure to mention 2-1-1 TBC and Jamba Juice will donate a portion of the proceeds to our agency. So tell all your family & friends to "Jamba for 2-1-1 TBC". Thank you for your support. http://www.211tampabay.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=147&Itemid=145
Friday, November 20, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has partnered with Jamba Juice-Clearwater Mall for a fundraising opportunity and will donate a portion of their proceeds from 11/1 through 11/7 to 2-1-1 TBC. Tell your family & friends...."It's Jamba Juice Time" and be sure to mention our name when you make your purchase. Thank you for your support!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Once again, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has partnered with Jamba
Juice - Clearwater for a fundraising opportunity. Beginning Sunday, November 1st through Saturday, November 7th, Jamba Juice will donate a portion of its proceeds to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares.
So please stop in and make a purchase to help support our agency. Just log on to our website , download the Jamba Juice flyer to present at the time of your purchase. Be sure to mention our name when you make your purchase.
Thank you for your support!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
- Volunteers are required to complete a Call Center Training plus 1 hour of call monitoring prior to assignment.
- Qualifications for this position include computer skills, the ability to communicate verbally in a non-judgmental manner and the ability to work well with a diverse population.
- Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week - between the hours of 9am - 2pm.
- Minimum age requirement for this volunteer position is 18 years of age.
Interested volunteers are required to complete an application and participate in the interview and screening process. To complete our on-line application, please visit our website scroll to bottom of page to vol app. Once you have completed your application, please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Beginning Sunday, October 4th through Saturday, October 10th, Jamba Juice-Clearwater Mall will donate 20% of your entire purchase to 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.
Stop in and purchase a beverage at Jamba Juice-Clearwater Mall located at 2689 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Suite 1840, Clearwater and help to support 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. Hours at this location are: Monday-Friday from 7am-9pm, Saturday from 8am-9pm, and Sunday from 9am-8pm.
Please present the attached flyer when you visit Jamba Juice
and mention 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. click here
Please share this information and a flyer with family, friends and neighbors.
Thank you for your support!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.
August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations. Parents are enrolling their children in school, students are entering college, and healthcare workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season.
Call 2-1-1 or visit our website at www.211tampabay.org to find out where you can get free or low cost immunizations for your children before school starts.
For more information from the CDC on immunizations, click here.
Summer will soon be coming to a close and the first day of school is right around the corner! Our 2-1-1 information services provide easy access to a broad variety of resources that can help families plan for their child's back-to-school needs including:
School supplies, immunizations, school physicals, before/after school care, internet safety for children, mentoring & tutoring programs, school information/calendars,/menus, health insurance for children, voluntary Pre-K, dental exams, health and nutrition information.
For more information on Back-to-School resources in Pinellas County, visit our website at www.211tampabay.org, and click on "Seasonal Activities"or dial 211. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares also has pages on the Do Good Channel, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Anyone can subscribe, follow, or join our activity so they can stay connected. You will find links to our blogs and social networking sites on our website at the bottom of our homepage. Log on today and get connected!
Currently the United States is in the midst of one of the largest food recalls in American history. As Americans dig through their cabinets and refrigerators to remove potentially contaminated food associated with the recent peanut recall, we would like to also remind citizens to open and check their Emergency Preparedness Kits to remove any potentially harmful items from these also.
Because peanut products are often recommended as staples in Emergency Preparedness Kits due to their long shell life and because they are a good source of protein, we encourage all kit owners to look at their kits to ensure food products are not on the peanut recall list. Please keep in mind that the peanut product recall extends beyond peanut-flavored products. The following are some examples of foods also included in the recall that may contain peanuts:
- Snack bars
- Trail Mix
- Dog treats
A full list of recalled peanut products and what individuals should do with recalled items can be found on the Food and Drug Administration’s Web site, http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/
In addition to checking for peanut-related items, please be sure to check for other items in your kit that may have expired, including medications, food and pet food, water, and other recalled items. The U.S. government provides information on unsafe, hazardous, or defective products ranging from consumer products, food, medicine, and cosmetics at www.recalls.gov.
Ensuring family and neighbors are prepared is an essential step in helping communities during and after an emergency. Families should have an Emergency Preparedness Kit in all locations that are frequented often, including homes, offices, schools, cars and day care facilities. These kits should hold a variety of essential items that are needed during a disaster, such as a flashlight, radio, cash, clothing, protective equipment, medicines, and of course food and water. For a complete list of Emergency Preparedness Kit recommended items, please visit http://www.fema.gov/plan/
Source: The National Office of Citizen Corps, FEMA Community Preparedness Division
2-1-1’s primary mission during times of disaster is to maximize community access to critical resources. 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares can respond to crises such as a hurricane, flood, or other local or national catastrophe at a moment's notice. 2-1-1 continues to be an essential resource weeks or years after the crisis event, providing access to information without forcing residents to resort to finding and trying multiple phone numbers.
Pre and post disaster, 2-1-1’s focus expands to referrals for emergency information, to operational service providers and to disaster-specific services provided by the community in Pinellas, Hernando and Citrus Counties. 2-1-1 will provide current and accurate information regarding:
- Disaster information and assistance,
- Website access to disaster related information and assistance,
- Maintaining the connection with local service providers regarding services available.
WHAT KIND OF RESOURCES CAN 2-1-1 PROVIDE?
- Disaster Recovery Assistance;
- Sand Bag Information;
- Preparedness Resources;
- Special Needs Registration Information;
- Non-Profit Agency Openings/Closings;
- Evacuation Zones Information;
- Disaster Volunteering;
- Local and State Resources.
TO ACCESS 211:
SIMPLY DIAL 2-1-1. A qualified Call Center Representative will provide you with resources in your community. If you are calling from a 3-digit blocked landline or cell phone or hear a rapid busy signal, please call 727.210.4211. 2-1-1 is a free confidential phone number available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week in 150 languages and is TTY/TDD accessible. Visit our website www.211tampabay.org for more information.
Are you ready to put your planning skills to good use? Are you ready to help your family get prepared for the unexpected? Your family can use this Web site to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations!
You're already a great planner! Every day you get your homework done, get to music or sports practice on time, and plan where and when you'll meet up with friends. But how do you get prepared for emergencies?
It's simple! It just takes planning and practice, and these fun activities from Ready Kids can help! Click here to start your disaster planning adventure Ready Kids - Disaster Preparedness.
BCLC Announces Important Disaster Management Resources
Current Economy Makes Disaster Management Even More Critical
WASHINGTON, D.C. -The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) together with the Safe America Foundation today announced new resources, including a disaster recovery report, to strengthen community disaster management nationwide. The announcement comes after BCLC's two-day disaster workshop during which more than seventy officials from businesses, chambers of commerce, humanitarian organizations, and emergency management agencies practiced a coordinated response to a back-to-back disaster scenario.
The Chamber's report, A Critical Role: Top Ten Policies That States Need to Recover from Disasters, offers best practices for states to reduce the potential effects of disasters and expedite recovery. The report, sponsored by Allstate, is based on twenty-five years of research on various disaster recovery efforts across the United States and is available online.
"Disaster recovery is a complicated process, and, in these trying economic times, a disaster could be absolutely catastrophic to a community," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan. "But by building community resiliency, implementing effective response systems, and then helping communities build back better than before, the process can be successful."
Also announced at the press conference was the Safe America Foundation's 9/11 Drill Down for Safety. Around the country on September 11, 2009, in conjunction with businesses, community leaders, and government agencies, Safe America will host local preparedness drills. This day, sponsored by businesses including UPS, Motorola Foundation, and Office Depot Foundation, gives every American the opportunity to participate in and strengthen community resiliency.
"Companies are interested in maximizing resiliency and minimizing loss in the communities where they do business," said Jordan. "The resources announced today are examples of business helping local communities establish faster and smarter disaster management tools."
BCLC is a 501(c) 3 affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and manages the U.S. Chamber's Disaster Assistance and Recovery program. BCLC is a resource and voice for businesses and their social and philanthropic interests.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce | 1615 H Street, NW | Washington, DC 20062-2000
Monday, August 3, 2009
We know that a number of you are using hand sanitizers to help combat the spread of H1N1 influenza and other diseases, therefore we are sharing the following FDA warning:
FDA Warns Consumers Not to Use Skin Products Made by Clarcon Due to Bacterial Contamination Risk
Products marketed under various names
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Roy, Utah, is voluntarily recalling some skin sanitizers and skin protectants marketed under several different brand names because of high levels of disease-causing bacteria found in the product during a recent inspection. The FDA is warning consumers to not use any Clarcon products.
Consumers should not use any Clarcon products and should throw these products away in household refuse. Analyses of several samples of over-the-counter topical antimicrobial skin sanitizer and skin protectant products revealed high levels of various bacteria, including some associated with unsanitary conditions. Some of these bacteria can cause opportunistic infections of the skin and underlying tissues. Such infections may need medical or surgical attention, and may result in permanent damage. Examples of products that should be discarded include:
- Citrushield Lotion
- Dermasentials DermaBarrier
- Dermassentials by Clarcon Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer
- Iron Fist Barrier Hand Treatment
- Skin Shield Restaurant
- Skin Shield Industrial
- Skin Shield Beauty Salon Lotion
- Total Skin Care Beauty
- Total Skin Care Work
Findings from the FDA’s recent inspection of the Clarcon facility are particularly concerning because the products are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. The inspection uncovered serious deviations from FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practice requirements.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm164863.htm
A Guide for Consumers
If you’re behind in paying your bills, or a creditor’s records mistakenly make it appear that you are, a debt collector may be contacting you.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which prohibits debt collectors from using abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices to collect from you.
Under the FDCPA, a debt collector is someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them.
Here are some questions and answers about your rights under the Act.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Volunteering is the perfect way to bring about meaningful change within yourself and your community. The summer is a great opportunity for youth to volunteer. The 2009 Summer Youth Volunteer Guide is a listing of non-profit organizations throughout Pinellas that need assistance, enthusiasm and energy from the youth throughout the summer months and the school year. This guide will make the search for a perfect opportunity even easier. To view or print a copy of the guide, visit our website at www.211tampabay.org. Click on “Guides”, "Pinellas County", and under “Volunteering” click on 2009 Summer Youth Volunteer Guide.
SUMMER SCHEDULEWHO: Any school age child playing sports or entering a Pinellas County school.
WHERE: Northeast High School Clinic
5500 16th St N
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 570-3025
WHEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
June 9, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, & 25
July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, & 30
August 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
TIME: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Please bring a physical form signed by a parent or have a parent present at the time of your physical. Also, if you are registering for entry into a Pinellas County school, please bring a copy of your shot record.
Monday, July 20, 2009
In a recent study of their membership, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) found close to 100 not-for-profit members on their roster. The Chamber then created a council to address the specific needs of these charitable organizations and after surveying the not-for-profit member organizations, it was determined that “Awareness with other Not-For-Profit organizations” was a top priority. In response to this request, the CRCC is announcing its first Introduction & Awareness Event for not-for-profit business organizations. The event will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Clearwater Community Sailing Center.
- To talk about issues concerning them in today’s business climate,
- To start to develop relations that can be mutually beneficial.
“We have to go outside the box. It's no longer just cocktails and networking,” Chamber President Bob Clifford said. Mr. Clifford encourages all business, for profit or not-for-profit, to reach out and make contacts. “Making [business] contacts is more crucial than ever today,” he said. The CRCC says all not-for-profits organizations are welcome. If you would like to attend you MUST RSVP before the Monday July 27th deadline as space is limited. Please contact Cathy Germer, VP Business Assistance for the CRCC by calling 727 461-0011 ext 233 or via email at email@example.com. Established in 1922, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce set out with the vision to be the premier Voice of Business in the Clearwater region. Representing more than 1,400 member businesses, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) is one of the largest chambers in the Bay area and has become a large and powerful voice for its members through its ability to partner with other agencies and advocate on behalf of business and its members.CRCC’s mission is to enhance the business environment and promote economic health and growth in the Clearwater region. Visit http://www.clearwaterflorida.org/
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Pre-Registration $20 (by July 23, 2009)
Late Registration $25
Register on line at: www.jwbpinellas.org or call Karen Sandini (727) 547-5680 for more information. Registration includes: light breakfast and boxed lunch.
July 31, 2009 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
St Petersburg College
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33765
St. Petersburg, Florida Jennifer Silva, Executive Director of Clothes To Kids, announced today that the organization has selected a location for its new St. Petersburg store. Clothes To Kids (CTK), whose mission is to provide new and quality used clothing to low-income, school-age children in Pinellas County free of charge, has been operating for nearly six years out of a single location in Clearwater. The addition of the second store will allow CTK to better fulfill its mission by making its services more accessible to the more than 25,000 eligible children who live south of Ulmerton Road. The new CTK store, slated to open in August of this year, is located in the Cornerstone Center at 3251 Third Avenue North, Suite 145 South, in St. Petersburg.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
As Floridians enter into hurricane season it’s important to remember that children probably will need special care and attention during this time. Children’s fears can stem from their busy imaginations, and adults should take their feelings seriously.
When talking to your child, be sure to present a realistic picture that is both honest and manageable. Be aware that after a disaster, children most fear that:
- They will be separated from family, and they will be left alone;
- The event will happen again; or
- Someone will be injured or killed.
Assemble a kit for your child, including:
- A few favorite books, crayons and paper
- Puzzles, a board game, deck of cards
- Two favorite small toys, such as a doll or action figure, a stuffed animal
- Favorite blanket, pillow
- Pictures of family and pets
- Other special items that will comfort children
Children’s immunizations should be up-to date to protect from vaccine-preventable diseases, including an unexpected outbreak during a disaster. Keep a copy of your children’s complete immunization histories in your disaster kit attached to the family emergency information. All family members should also record the date of their last tetanus-diphtheria shot in this record as well.
Communicating with children about disasters
Here, from the Pinellas County Health Department, are some tips on communicating with children and adolescents during an emergency situation:
- Remember that your words and actions can provide reassurance to a child who feels afraid.
- Assure your children that the family is safe. Make sure children know that the family circle is strong.
- Share your family disaster plan, so that children know that you’ve taken steps to ensure their safety.
- Discussion is critical. Adults need to help children understand the emergency or disaster. More information is available at www.aap.org.
For more information, please contact your pediatrician, health care provider, local county health department or visit www.doh.state.fl.us or www.FloridaDisaster.org. The Florida Emergency Information Line: 1-800-342-3557The mission of the Pinellas County Health Department is to promote, protect and improve the health and safety of our community through public and private partnerships in an environment that respects diversity. www.PinellasHealth.com
Message from the Office of the Attorney General
Give children the best protection as long as possible - Child car seats protect well, but only if used correctly.
* Babies up to 20 lbs. (and under one year of age) should use a rear-facing Infant Seat.
* Babies weighing 20 lbs. before one year of age, or if baby’s head is one inch from top of Infant Seat should use a rear-facing Convertible Seat that goes to 30 lbs. or more.
* Children over one year of age (20-40 lbs.) should use a Forward-Facing Seat with harness.
* Children over 40 lbs. (to a maximum of 80-100 lbs.) should use a Booster Seat to make the lap and shoulder belt fit properly.
* Use Booster Seat until child is about 4/9” tall or can pass the 5-Step Test:
- Does the child sit all the way back against the auto seat?
- Do the child’s knees bend comfortably at the edge of the auto seat?
- Does the lap belt stay on the top part of the thighs?
- Is the shoulder belt centered on the chest and shoulder?
- Can the child stay seated like this for the whole trip?
For more detailed information, visit American Academy of Pediatrics’ Car Seat Safety Guide at
Monday, May 25, 2009
The goal of this Hurricane Preparedness Web site is to inform the public about the hurricane hazards and provide knowledge which can be used to take ACTION. This information can be used to save lives at work, home, while on the road, or on the water. Visit the website at Hurricane Preparedness Week to learn more about getting prepared for the upcoming storm season.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Internet Safety for Kids
There was a day when parents only had to worry about "Street Smarts". If our kids had Street Smarts we didn't have to worry. Then along came the Internet. The Internet is a wondrous tool. It exposes our children to new ideas, cultures and people. But, it also exposes them to dangers.
In addition to resting a bit easier knowing that you have educated your kids to stay safe you will have the satisfaction of being involved in this increasingly important part of their lives. In today's hustle and bustle and with computers and the Internet becoming such an important part of all of our lives, it's a journey you can take together. The Internet really is presenting parents with the opportunity for "quality time for the new millennium."
Online Safety Guidelines for Parents
- Personal information stays personal. While this is an important rule for children it's also an important rule for parents. Giving information on your family and your children to the wrong person could be dangerous.
- Make sure your child doesn't spend all of his or her time on the computer.
- People, not computers, should be their best friends and companions.
- Keep the computer in a family room, kitchen or living room, not in your child's bedroom. This way parents can monitor what is happening when the child is online. Knowing you are watching, kids are less likely to put themselves in risky situations and you can safely oversee what's going on.
- Learn enough about computers so you can enjoy them together with your kids.
- Watch your children when they're online and see where they go.
- Make sure that your children feel comfortable coming to you with questions. This should apply to all situations including the computer. If your children feel they can trust you they are more likely to come to you with tough problems and questions.
- Keep kids out of chatrooms or IRCs unless they are monitored.
- Encourage discussions between you and your child about what they enjoy online. This way you can direct your children to safe sites that fit in with their interests and it helps our children like we want an active role in their lives.
- Discuss these rules, get your children to agree to adhere to them, and post them near the computer as a reminder.
- Help them find a balance between computing and other activities.
- Remember to monitor their compliance with these rules, especially when it comes to the amount of time your children spend on the computer.
- Get to know their "online friends" just as you get to know all of their other friends.
- Warn them that people may not be what they seem to be. I can say I'm a 12 year old boy named Billy but I'm not. The Internet provides a cover for people to put on whatever persona's they desire. Predators often pose as children to gain our children's trust.
- Passwords: Don't give out your passwords and change them frequently.
Excerpt from www.wiredkids.org
What Is Florida KidCare?
Florida KidCare is a new health insurance program for Florida children age 0-18. There are several types of insurance within KidCare to meet the needs of your child.
- Children age 0-18 who don't have health insurance now
- Your child may be eligible even if both parents work
- Families may make application for unborn children prior to the birth of the baby so that coverage can begin at birth
How Do I Apply for My Child?
The application process consists of completing a simple, one page form. The form can be obtained from the Pinellas County Health Department, the Healthy Kids office, the school, the Department of Children & Families or by calling 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437). The application is quick and easy to fill out. If you have any questions or difficulties, call our toll-free hotline.
How Much Does It Cost?
- Some families pay $20 a month
- Some families pay more or none at all
What Types of Things (or Benefits) Are Covered by Florida KidCare?
Florida KidCare offers a complete set of health benefits for your child, such as:
- Doctor's visits
- Hospital care
- Prescribed drugs
- Lab tests
- Behavioral or mental health
Who Provides Health Care?
Florida KidCare uses licensed health care providers and health plans who provide high-quality care to your children.
Important Numbers to Call:
Call either Florida KidCare at 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437) or The Pinellas County Health Department at (727) 824-6900 or visit http://www.floridakidcare.org/.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Applicants will have to sign a statement that they are suffering financial hardship and provide a "pink slip" or similar employer notice. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, with medication provided for up to 12 months after approval - or until the person becomes insured again.
Starting Thursday, patients can call a toll-free number, 866-706-2400, to sign up, and those whose drugs are not included in the program will be referred to other company aid programs. Starting July 1, patients can also apply through the Web site, http://www.PfizerHelpfulAnswers.com , which has information about the other Pfizer aid programs.
They need to bring in a valid prescription for glasses from their doctor and Target will let the child pick from about 40 different frames. They will place their best lenses in the frames which are non-glare and scratch resistant and normally sell for $200.00. There are no income guidelines. Any child 12 or under is eligible.
You can find stores with optical departments at www.target.com to confirm they are participating before making a trip to their store.
Stop Bullky Kids Now - The US Department of Health and Human Services
Publications Regarding School Bully
No Bully - San Franscico Initiative
Bully Police - Watch Dog Advocacy Group
Every day, many children stay home because of bullying. Every child deserves an environment where they can develop without fear of aggression or cruelty.
Tips for parents:
Tips for victims and witnesses...
Many children who are bullied keep it a secret. They may think telling will make matters worse, so know the warning signs. A victim may:
- Seem quiet or depressed.
- Have bruises or other injuries.
- Come home with missing or damaged belongings.
- Ask for more lunch money.
- Loose interest in school or do poorly in school.
If parents learn that their child is being bullied, they can do the following:
- Stay calm. Tell the child that nobody deserves to be bullied.
- Ask why your child thinks he or she is being bullied.
- Think of peaceful solutions together.
Encourage your child to:
- Stick with a group. Avoid being alone in "target" areas like locker rooms, restrooms or empty classrooms, and avoid places where the bully hangs out.
- Don't fight back or seek revenge.
- Be assertive and confident. Use body language to show you are not afraid.
- Agree with the bully. Say, "You're right." Then walk away.
- Tell the bully to stop or walk away and get help from an adult. Report all bullying incidents.
- Teach your child not to be a bystander. When no one speaks up, the bully learns he or she can get away with it.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission are alerting the public to be wary of Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The agencies are also advising operators of offending web sites that they must take prompt action to correct and/or remove promotions of these fraudulent products or face enforcement action.
“Consumers who purchase products to treat the novel 2009 H1N1 virus that are not approved, cleared or authorized by the FDA for the treatment or prevention of influenza risk their health and the health of their families,” said Michael Chappell, acting FDA Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs. “In conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission, the FDA has developed an aggressive strategy to identify, investigate, and take regulatory or criminal action against individuals or businesses that wrongfully promote purported 2009 H1N1 influenza products in an attempt to take advantage of the current flu public health emergency.”
Products that are offered for sale to the public with claims to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat, or cure infections caused by the H1N1 influenza virus that have not been proven to be safe and effective for these uses must be carefully evaluated. Many of these deceptive products are being sold over the Internet via illegitimate web sites. The operators of these web sites take advantage of the public’s concerns about H1N1 influenza and their desire to protect themselves and their families. These fraudulent products come in all varieties and could include dietary supplements or other food products, or products purporting to be drugs, devices or vaccines. Such fraudulent products will not prevent the transmission of the virus or offer effective treatments against infections caused by the H1N1 influenza virus.
“The last thing any consumer needs right now is to be conned by someone selling fraudulent flu remedies,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “The FTC will act swiftly against companies that resort to deceptive advertising.”
Consumers are urged to contact their health care providers or legitimate medical supply services if they have questions or concerns about medical products or personal protective equipment. Consumers are also urged to visit the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web sites for more information about this emergency, and to determine which products the FDA has approved, cleared or authorized for use to diagnose, treat, prevent, mitigate or cure infections caused by H1N1 influenza virus.
Consumers should also visit FDA's web site for tips about how to protect themselves when buying medicines online: http://www.fda.gov/buyonlineguide/
The two antiviral drugs approved by the FDA for treatment and prophylaxis of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus are Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) and Relenza (zanamivir). Tamiflu and Relenza, in addition to their approved labeling, have Emergency Use Authorizations that describe specific authorized uses during this public health emergency.
For more information about FDA-approved antiviral drugs for influenza, see http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/antivirals/influenza/default.htm.
For more information on CDC recommendations regarding use of antiviral drugs against the current novel 2009 H1N1 influenza strain, see http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/?s_cid=swineFlu_outbreak_001.
For more information about personal protective equipment see http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ppe/.
At present, there are no licensed vaccines approved for this new H1N1 influenza virus.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world.
In Pinellas, food will be unloaded from the back of the postal trucks in Clearwater/ Dunedin and placed in large postal boxes for transport to the Mallory Powell Center at 1521 E Druid Rd.
The food tends to come in all at once which is why we need we need folks to move the food as quickly as food banks can offer the trucks for transport to MPC.
The food comes in first to the post offices so peak times are generally noon-2pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Volunteers and donations are welcome and EVERYBODY can participate.
All citizens need do is to place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on Saturday, May 9. The carrier will do all the rest. The food is taken back to a postal station, sorted, and then delivered to an area food bank or pantry. There it is available for needy families.
1) Dunedin Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. Dunedin Post Office is on CR1 just north of Main St in Dunedin – just show up.
2) Downtown Clearwater Post Office from 12 noon to 5:30 – just show up.
3) Salvation Army - Main Social Service Campus ( Mallory-Powell Center) at 1521 E Druid Rd, Clearwater from around 1 pm through 6 pm. (Folks can volunteer for one hour, two, hours, or as long as they are able/willing). People interested in volunteering should contact either JoAnn Bruner, Volunteer Coordinator at 725-9777 or Kip Corriveau, Director of Social Services at 446-6507.
4) RCS Food Bank will need volunteers the same day. They have three afternoon shifts available: 1:30-3:30 / 3:00-5:00 / 5:00-7:00. Those interested may contact Rachel Thurber, RCS Volunteer Coordinator at (727) 242-4606.