Health

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Get ready for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill on Oct. 15

At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, millions of Californians are expected to drop, cover and hold on during the Great California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in the state. All K-12 schools and districts in Orange County are encouraged to participate in the exercise, responding just as they would during an actual seismic event. [...]
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With more scorching temperatures ahead, OC health officials offer tips for keeping your cool

Here we go again. Temperatures in some Orange County communities are expected to approach triple-digits this week, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly for more sensitive populations. “During extremely hot weather it is important to check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool,” says County Health Officer Dr. Eric Handler. “The people at highest risk during extreme heat include seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.” [...]
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Answers to frequently asked questions about California school vaccination laws

This summer, Governor Jerry Brown signed a new vaccine law, Senate Bill 277, which states that parents of students who attend public or private schools can no longer refuse to vaccinate their children based on a personal belief exemption. However, current vaccine laws that went into effect in 2014 are still in place for the 2015-16 school year. [...]