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August is National

Immunization Awareness

Month


From U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, CASAC is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis (TB). It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need.

http://healthfinder.gov/NHO/AugustToolkit.aspx



Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, adults need to get their shots – just like kids do.

National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.


Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz.





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§ 131 — DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATION

§ 131 — DISPOSAL OF UNWANTED MEDICATION
The bill requires the Consumer Protection Department (DCP), in consultation with the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, to develop and implement a program to collect and dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals (medication). The program must provide for (1) a secure locked box accessible to the public 24 hours a day to drop off unwanted medication anonymously at all local police stations and (2) transporting the medication to a biomedical waste treatment facility for incineration.
The bill requires DCP, within available appropriations, to organize a public awareness campaign to educate the public about the program and the dangers of unsafe medication disposal. It also allows DCP to adopt implementing regulations.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2014

http://cga.ct.gov/2014/BA/2014HB-05597-R00-BA.htm
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What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local medication drop-boxes

YES:
• Over-the-counter medications
• Prescription medications
• Medication samples
• Medications for household pets
• Medicated lotions or ointments

NO:
• Needles or other “sharps”
• Hazardous waste
• Thermometers
• Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)

Present Active Drop Box Programs in the Capital Area Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) Region

CANTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
45 RIVER RD COLLINSVILLE CT 06019

FARMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
319 NEW BRITAIN AVE UNIONVILLE CT 06085

NEWINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
131 CEDAR ST NEWINGTON CT 06111

SIMSBURY POLICE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 495 SIMSBURY CT 06070

WINDSOR LOCKS POLICE DEPARTMENT
4 VOLUNTEER DR WINDSOR LOCKS CT 06096


 

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