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...

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 surroundings,...

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,”...

Free children vaccines on August 22

Parents can register their children now for the free vaccine Free vaccines will be available at the Coatesville Center for Community Health on August 22. Free back to school vaccines for children will be provided by the Chester County Health Department on Thursday, August 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Coatesville Center for Community Health, located at 1001 E. Lincoln Highway. All children must...

County health launches RoadMAPP Website

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Health Department announced that the Chester County Health Assessment: RoadMAPP to Health website was launched yesterday. This project is a collaborative effort involving many health agencies and community organizations in Chester County who will assess the health of our community, identify the major issues, and develop a Community Health Improvement Plan to address...

Birmingham mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Five townships produce first evidence of virus in county this year, says Health Dept. A Southern House Mosquito, one of a number of breeds of mosquitos known to carry the West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes trapped in Birmingham Township have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), the Chester County Health Department reported Thursday. Tests on mosquitoes collected in Birmingham, Schuylkill, Thornbury,...

County working to help residents beat heat

Shelters will double as cooling stations, transportation for seniors will increase Fans for seniors who qualify will be available through the Chester County Office of Aging Services. Call 610-344-6350 for information. In response to the excessive heat warning issued Monday by the National Weather Service – in effect through 8 p.m. on Wednesday – the Chester County Health Department and...

County finally gets new Health Dept. head

Ga. woman with local ties will replace director who resigned in Dec. By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times Jeanne Casner will start Aug. 26 as director of the Chester County Health Department, the commissioners said Thursday. After months of searching, Chester County has a new director for its acclaimed Health Department, the county commissioners said Thursday. At their regular meeting,...

Tips to avoid ticks, mosquitos, summer woes

County Health Department urges residents to take safety precautions The Chester County Health Department recommends create a woodchip or mulch barrier between wooded areas and yards to reduce the risk of ticks. With summer in full swing, the Chester County Health Department wants to remind residents to take precautions inside and outside the home to avoid injuries and insect-borne diseases. West Nile...

Federal evaluators: County well-prepared for disaster

For third consecutive year, it earned perfect score on readiness assessment By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times For the third year in a row, Chester County received a perfect score in emergency readiness from federal evaluators. For the third consecutive year, Chester County has received a perfect score of 100 on the 2013 Federal Technical Assistance Review (TAR), an annual assessment...