A Q&A with Margaret Hudgings

An interview with leader of local group questioning mosquito spraying By Nathaniel Smith, Columnist, The Times My opinion piece “Mosquito spraying: why doesn’t the county want to talk about it?” in the Times of Chester County, August 31, asked many questions. Since then I’ve found many answers, including from talking with the County Health Department, and many new questions too. One thing...

Measles: Chester County Health Department stands ready

No outbreaks yet; prevention, response & public education top priorities By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times WEST CHESTER – With the measles outbreak dominating national headlines; The Times has reached out to the Chester County Health Department to provide our readers a local, behind the scenes perspective on  efforts underway to help prevent, and respond to, a measles outbreak close...

Forget the Ebola hype, it’s flu that kills in the U.S.

County-wide flu vaccination & prevention programs ramp-up By Kim Chiomento, Staff Writer, The Times Thousands of county residents have begun rolling-up their sleeves to get vaccinated and help stop the spread of the influenza virus, commonly called the flu.  Some lucky eligible residents are even able to “sniff” the nasal mist vaccine version instead. While there has been much press and...

Health Department: Make mosquitos unwelcome

Officials offer tips on avoiding threat of West Nile Virus Along with warmer weather comes those pesky mosquitos – and the threat of West Nile Virus, says the Chester County Health Department. Officials want to remind residents that the best way to control mosquitoes, which can transmit the virus to humans, is to get rid of standing water on your property. In a news release, the Health Department...

County topics: from beer to discount health care

Commissioners hold ‘on the road’ meeting at Parkesburg Borough Hall By Kathleen Brady Shea, Managing Editor, The Times County Commissioners Terence Farrell (from left), Ryan Costello, and Kathi Cozzone show off the fedoras they received at Parkesburg Borough Hall. PARKESBURG – At their latest “on the road” meeting last week at Parkesburg Borough Hall, the county commissioners learned...

County: Jan. is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Health officials issue reminder that vaccine prevents most cervical cancers  January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Chester County Health Department wants to remind women of the importance of screenings and vaccination to help prevent cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV (human papillomavirus), the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US....