Com­mis­sion­ers en­cour­age flu shots, ap­prove new board

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @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 mont­copa.org/ health.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers show off their up­per arms af­ter re­ceiv­ing their flu shots fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s meet­ing.

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