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Scavello to Host Tdap Vaccine Clinic on August 8
As part of my ongoing Healthy Living Series, I am hosting a Tdap Vaccine Clinic in partnership with the PA Department of Health on August 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at my Pen Argyl district office (2 N. Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl).
Tdap is a combination booster vaccine that inoculates against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
The Tdap vaccine shots are available to individuals of all ages who are uninsured or underinsured. This service is not available to anyone with Medicare Part D or insurance that already covers the vaccination.
Contact the PA Department of Health at 610-250-1825 to schedule your FREE appointment.
August 8: Learn How to Save a Life During an Opioid Overdose
Do you have a loved one with an opioid addiction? Learn how naloxone is being used to save lives.
In response to the opioid epidemic hurting our region and commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is providing a FREE educational presentation about naloxone.
This presentation will be held August 8, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at my Northampton County Office, 2 North Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl.
Space is limited, so make plans now to attend -- adults only, please. An RSVP is required. Call 610-863-1200 to reserve a seat.
Pennsylvanians Urged to Observe Deer Tick Safety and Prevention Measures
Deer ticks present a significant danger to any individual who spends time outdoors. Tick bites can spread Lyme disease, a condition that creates a variety of dangerous symptoms including long-term damage to the heart and central nervous system. Pennsylvania leads the nation in the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning state residents to be vigilant about limiting exposure to deer ticks in order to prevent the spread of this dangerous disease. State residents are encouraged to use repellents and wear protective clothing to avoid ticks and inspect themselves after any prolonged period outdoors to identify ticks.
If a tick attaches itself to a person, it should be removed as soon as possible with the use of fine-tipped tweezers, pulling upward with steady and even pressure. The area should be thoroughly cleaned with rubbing alcohol, iodine or soap and water.
Additional information on Lyme disease is available by visiting the Department of Health’s website at www.health.pa.gov.
ESU Celebrates Launch of Cutter Lyme Disease Tick Test
It was my honor to speak at an event announcing the launch of the Cutter Lyme Disease Tick Test and to congratulate East Stroudsburg University on the development of its first nationally-recognized brand-name product.
The Tick Test product provides an affordable and accurate test that determines if a tick is a carrier of the bacteria that causes Lyme disease BEFORE symptoms appear. The reassurance of knowing that the tick is not a carrier could eliminate the need to undergo unnecessary medical treatment.
Throughout my tenure as a legislator, I have worked diligently to address the Commonwealth’s epidemic of Lyme disease and tick-borne illness. Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases and it is the most common vector-borne infection in the United States.
This is alarming given that fact that the Center for Disease Control forecasts that the actual number of Lyme cases is about 10 times higher because many cases go undiagnosed and unreported.
In the 40th Senate District in particular, the tick species that transmits Lyme disease bacteria is found throughout the region – resulting in a high prevalence of this disease in our area.
It has been a major focus of mine and fellow legislators to emphasize early detection of Lyme disease as the first line of defense against its debilitating effects.
The Cutter Lyme Disease Tick Test is a critical tool in addressing Lyme disease and detecting it early.
Congratulations to ESU, President Welsh and EPA Enterprises for helping bring to market this new product. We appreciate the leading role East Stroudsburg University plays in addressing the environmental health issues in our community.
Bicycle Safety & Awareness Event
Mark your calendar for the first annual children’s Bicycle Safety & Awareness Event on Sunday, July 30 at 3 p.m. in Stroudsburg. Free safety checks will be performed on bikes and helmets and complimentary refreshments will be provided. Parents and children alike will be given information for safe and fun riding.
Events Around the 40th District
The Annual Holy Family Festival in Nazareth is Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. The event is located at the end of W. Center Street in Nazareth and features live bands every night, a variety of festival food, rides, games and fun for the whole family. The Festival goes from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday/Saturday and Sunday from 4 – 10 p.m.
The Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Carnival is this Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29. The carnival features games, rides, food and fun. Admission and parking are free to the public. For additional information, please visit http://www.pmvfc.com/carnival.html.
Around the 40th District
It was a distinct pleasure to join Senator Lisa Baker in presenting Dr. Rose Mattioli with a senate citation for her 90th birthday. Rose and her late husband, Dr. Joseph "Doc" Mattioli, have given back to this community in countless ways and with generous philanthropy that will positively impact our region for generations to come.
This week my office joined State Rep. Rosemary Brown and State Rep. Jack Rader for a tour of Blakeslee Asphalt Supply. A special thank you to Bill Godfrey for explaining the operations of the facility and his insights on the impact of economic and policy factors on the asphalt and paving industry .
This year’s Senior Expo was a resounding success. A big thank you to my co-hosts, Rep. Rosemary Brown and Rep. Jack Rader, and to all of the exhibitors for a very successful Expo. I also want to thank Pocono Mountain School District for their outstanding support in serving over 2,000 seniors who were assisted! We look forward to another successful event next year.
A.N.G. Aquatics recently celebrated their grand opening in Pen Argyl. My sincerest best wishes to Jeremy Murcelo as he continues this new business venture. May you have much success in the years ahead!
Congratulations to Mt. Pocono Borough as it celebrates its 90th Anniversary. Thank you to all the members of Borough Council and the Mayor for your leadership. May the Borough continue to prosper for the next 90 years.
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