Com­mis­sion­ers en­cour­age flu shots, ap­prove new board

The Community Connection - - RELIGION - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN >> Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers made wel­com­ing a new ad­vi­sory board and urg­ing res­i­dents to get their flu shots a top pri­or­ity at Thurs­day’s meet­ing.

The com­mis­sion­ers in­tro­duced the newly-ap­proved Fam­ily Jus­tice Ad­vi­sory Board Thurs­day dur­ing open­ing announcements. The board, com­prised of Chair­man Gary Kline, Judge Thomas DelRicci, Judge Carolyn Tor­netta Carluccio and Michael Kehs and Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­woman Va­lerie Arkoosh, will par­al­lel the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Ad­vi­sory Board which serves to sup­port pro­grams that pro­mote jus­tice for all ci­ti­zens.

“Ear­lier this year, rec­og­niz­ing how im­por­tant chil­dren are and how vul­ner­a­ble they are, it was de­ter­mined by the court that we should es­tab­lish the Fam­ily Jus­tice Ad­vi­sory Board,” said DelRicci. “This is a board that will bring to­gether all the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers from within the county that deal with fam­ily court and fam­ily mat­ters to fa­cil­i­tate an ob­ser­va­tion of a sys­tem­atic pol­icy ap­proach to all is­sues re­lat­ing to chil­dren and fam­i­lies in our county.”

An or­der es­tab­lish­ing the board was signed at Thurs­day’s meet­ing mak­ing the board of­fi­cial. The Fam­ily Jus­tice Ad­vi­sory Board in Mont­gomery County is the sec­ond of its kind in Penn­syl­va­nia, ac­cord­ing to DelRicci, which in­cludes a sim­i­lar board in But­ler County.

In ad­di­tion to nine awards of con­tract through­out the county, com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion by the Mont­gomery County Board of Elec­tions to change sev­eral polling lo­ca­tions in the county due to con­struc­tion. Those polling places in­cluded a polling place in Hat­boro, mov­ing from Crooked Bil­let El­e­men­tary School to Hat­boro Bap­tist Church as well as another in Spring­field which will be mov­ing from Spring­field High School to Spring­field Mid­dle School. A polling lo­ca­tion in Wayne will also be mov­ing from Roberts El­e­men­tary School to Gulph El­e­men­tary School.

No­tice of new vot­ing lo­ca­tions are ex­pected to be mailed to res­i­dents in those dis­tricts and no­tices will be posted at the old polling places ad­vis­ing vot­ers of the lo­ca­tion change.

Com­mis­sion­ers also took time at Thurs­day’s meet­ing to dis­cuss flu vac­cines and flu pre­ven­tion after the big­gest spike in in­fluenza cases in a decade was recorded last year.

“Last year was a very bad year for the flu and it was a com­bi­na­tion of cir­cum­stances, a large part of which was a lit­tle bit less match up of the vac­cine than we had hoped for,” said Dr. Richard Lor­raine. “We had a tremen­dous spike of up to a thou­sand cases a week in Mont­gomery County ... This was the worst sea­son in over a decade and across the coun­try, there were over 80,000 deaths.”

Lor­raine, along with com­mis­sion­ers en­cour­aged res­i­dents to get a flu shot and an­swered ques­tions about the ben­e­fits of re­ceiv­ing one. Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, com­mis­sion­ers re­ceived their own flu shots and en­cour­aged Mont­gomery County res­i­dents to go out and get vac­ci­nated.

A list of dates, times and lo­ca­tions for flu clin­ics in the county can be found by visit­ing mont­ health.

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