August 5, 2020
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases (like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia) through on-time vaccination.

Learn more about what vaccines may be recommended for you and talk with your healthcare provider to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines.

Vaccines reduce your risk of infection by working with your body's natural defenses to help safely develop immunity to disease.

COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself & Others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • It’s especially important to wash:
    • Before eating or preparing food
    • Before touching your face
    • After using the restroom
    • After leaving a public place
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • After handling your mask
    • After changing a diaper
    • After caring for someone sick
    • After touching animals or pets

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
    • Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

  • Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.

  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Flu Vaccine Advisory

Beginning in October, My Health Onsite nurses will be visiting campuses to provide flu vaccines to Pasco County Schools employees. Appointments are necessary. This program is available at no cost to all insured and non-insured employees. Click here to view the full schedule.*

*Schedule is subject to change. Please confirm with your work location. 

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Other Flu Vaccine Options

If you do not want to obtain your flu vaccine at one of the District Health & Wellness Centers (HWCs), click here for a summary of how to obtain the vaccine using your District’s insurance benefits.

HWC @ Longleaf Elementary Now Open!

Click on the flyer below for more information.

2020 Health & Wellness Incentive (HWI) Program

Pasco County Schools offers incentives for covered employees and retirees who complete their annual Vital Health Profile. This program is voluntary; however, participants must follow the steps outlined here in order to qualify for the 2020 incentive.

The HWI 3rd quarter for Pascofit is July 1 - September 30, 2020. Click here for more information.

Tobacco Cessation Classes are Now Virtual

Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is now offering FREE virtual group quit classes! To see a list of upcoming virtual classes click here! (Please type your county in the search box)

For more information regarding scheduling and registration please email:

Monthly Challenge: Mindfulness!

  • Limit time on electronic devices to allow yourself to be present in moment. 
  • Take ten minutes every day and focus solely on yourself. You can't help anyone else if your tank is already running on "empty." 
  • Focus on something that might be considered unexpected beauty in the world:
    - Listen to the birds sing in the morning
    - Enjoy the sounds of rain falling
    - Pay attention to all of the green in the world around you
  • Let go of negative thoughts. 

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